During stressful times, everyone is uncertain of the future. This uncertainty can bring up feelings of anxiety and stress. As we all know, those are the two feelings we definitely don't want consuming us as they have long-term effects on the human body. But there are some natural remedies to help you out and reduce those feelings of stress and anxiety.
Ease up on the caffeine.
You may think coffee is your friend, but when you're stressed or anxious, this is one thing you need to stay away from. Too much caffeine can increase your symptoms and cause moodiness and jittering. If you're stressed, reduce your coffee intake to 1-3 cups per week.
Get outside (if you can).
During the last few weeks, many of you won't be able to leave your homes. But if you have a yard, it's time you took advantage of it. To relieve stress and anxiety, try to get at least 15 minutes of natural sunlight per day. Everyone can use a boost of vitamin D, and now that you're indoors, it's more important than ever.
Up your Omega-3s intake.
When it comes to lifting up your mood, turn to Omega-3s as they're proven to ease anxiety and lower stress chemicals that are produced in the body. If you're not a fish lover, try other Omega-3 foods such as walnuts and flaxseed.
Change your mindset.
Yes, we're going through scary times, but you need to change your mindset. When your mind goes into deep and dark thoughts, this is when your anxiety starts to increase. Instead of getting to that point, take a couple of deep breaths and go outside (if possible).
Treat yourself to an Epsom salt bath.
We'll take one of those! If you've been at home all day, it doesn't mean you're relaxing and taking it easy. For many people, they're spending their time with children and other family members. So, at the end of the day, treat yourself to a bath. But not just any bath. An Epsom salt bath is the perfect solution to calm yourself as Epsom salt contains magnesium sulfate.
Eat anxiety-relief foods.
Wait, which foods are those? Good question. We're living in stressful times, and now than ever, it's important to focus on the foods you eat. Foods like blueberries, whole grains, avocados, milk, cheese, and dark chocolate, can help reduce anxiety and are rich in vitamins. Feed your body with goodness, and you'll start to feel better.
Get enough sleep.
Though you're at home all day in the last couple of weeks, that doesn't mean you're getting enough rest. A lack of sleep has been proven to emphasize anxiety in a person. So, sleep deprivation isn't your friend, especially not right now. If you can, aim between 7-9 hours of sleep every night. Use lavender essential oils to help you calm down before bedtime. Avoiding coffee will also help you reduce those anxious feelings as well.
When it comes to combating anxiety, give kava root a try. It's been used as a natural remedy to treat anxiety as its a non-addictive and non-hypnotic anxiolytic. Of course, you should consult your doctor before giving it a try, but it is a good option to help you improve your mood and ease your anxiety.
Get a vitamin B complex.
When it comes to battling stress and anxiety, vitamin B is your go-to supplement. It helps to stabilize mood and reduce stress levels. Vitamin B6 particularly fights anxiety, while vitamin B12 works for chronic stress, and depression. Getting a good vitamin B complex will help you improve your mood, energy levels, and concentration.
Now, this isn't for everyone, as many people aren't able to leave their homes. But for people who are able to go outside, go to nature. Walk for twenty-minutes in the forest, breathing in the clean and fresh air. Forest bathing has been proven to lower stress hormones compared to urban walking.
Turn to chamomile tea
Yes, you need to take a break from the caffeine, but that doesn't mean you should just stick to water. Try drinking chamomile tea as it can help to calm the body down. The reason is that it binds to the same brain receptors as drugs as Valium does. Why take a pill when you can just drink some tea instead?
Sniff some lavender
You've probably heard of this remedy, and you should know that it works wonders. Lavender is like an emotional anti-inflammatory. Get yourself high-quality lavender essential oil and place a couple of drops on your pillow for deep sleep or in the tub for a relaxing shower or bath.
Being stuck at home isn't easy, but you're not in this alone. And if anything, you're doing your best during this time. So, be kind to yourself and give yourself a pat on the back for pulling through this situation. It's okay to have moments when you're feeling anxious as long as you're aware of them and are finding coping mechanisms.
Have you been eating?
Now, you know it's important to eat healthy and anxiety-reducing foods, but how many times a day are you eating? Many of us become irritable when we're hungry. So, to prevent yourself from getting to that point, snack fruits and veggies, even chocolate, throughout the day in between meals to keep yourself satisfied.
Use your breathing
We're breathing all the time, but most of us aren't breathing properly. Well, now is the time for you to start practices relaxing breathing techniques to help you relax. You don't need to do much. Inhale through your nose and exhale out your mouth 4-7 times slowly. Do this a couple of times throughout the day when you start to feel anxious.