We all have those days when we feel tense and wound up. One thing heaps up on top of the other and before we know it we become a walking ball of anxiety. It’d be easy to pop a Xanax or two to feel better, but what if there are better ways?
This week we explore a few natural anxiety relief methods that will help you unwind in no time.
1. Natural sunlight
Most of us spend our workdays hunched over in fluorescent lighted office cubicles. Take a break. Go outside and get some sunlight. This will naturally increase your vitamin D levels, which will help decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety. The greener the space the better the stress reducing effect! Look for parks and quiet tree-lined streets.
This may perhaps be the most underutilized form of therapy there is. A quick 20-minute workout is enough to flood your body with endorphins, otherwise known as feel-good hormones. The accompanying sense of accomplishment and boost in self-confidence will also help you to feel better.
3. Chamomile Tea
This specific tea contains two compounds that help promote relaxation – namely apigenin and luteolin. A research study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center discovered that patients with GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) who took chamomile based supplements continuously for 8 weeks had a significant decrease in stress and anxiety symptoms.
So the next time you feel a little wound up, brew yourself a hot steaming cup of Chamomile Tea.
4. Omega 3 fatty acids
Try ingesting 1 to 3 grams of Omega 3s a day. There have been multiple studies that have proven the effectiveness of Omega 3s in easing anxiety symptoms. The way this happens is via lowering bodily levels of stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol) thus leading to improved moods. Great sources of omega 3s are such as almonds, flax seeds and fatty fishes such as salmon.
Remember, you don’t have to let anxiety get the better of you.