Whether it’s because of school, work, marriage, or financial issues, many people suffer from anxiety (screen yourself here). There are those of you that have sought out a way to handle your anxiety issues without the use of prescription drugs. There are many holistic solutions when it comes to helping your anxiety or stress, but these solutions are not meant to be stand-alone cures. These drug-free solutions are meant to be coupled with counseling and the recommendations of your physician. That being said, let’s take a look at 4 of the best drug-free solutions for your stress and anxiety.
1. It’s Tea Time!
For centuries many different cultures have looked to teas for many different ailments. Using certain teas as a way to help with your anxiety isn’t a bad option at all, but be certain that you understand that it’s also not a cure. There are many factors involved when using tea as a way to curb your anxiety. It’s not simply the tea that can help you but the process that can help you relax as well.
Making and drinking tea is a process. A ritual, if you will. You put the water on to boil and as the water heats, you prep your cup. Whether it’s loose leaf or a teabag, you ready the tea and pour the water. It’s a relaxing process. Once the water is poured, you let it steep and then add cream or sugar or simply leave it black. Even the sipping of your hot tea is relaxing. This is the idea of nonmedicinal teas at work.
(As with all herbal supplements, be sure that you speak with your doctor before using any herbs that might cause a bad reaction with your current medications or underlying medical problems.)
Herbal Teas For Anxiety or Stress (caffeine free)
This tea is well researched for its use in fighting anxiety. This tea is non-habit forming. Kava is sometimes compared to an anxiety drug known as Buspar. What you need to know about Kava is that the Kava sold in grocery stores is not strong enough to be used as a proper anxiety remedy. The Kava sold in stores only contains about 30 to 50 kavalactones a day whereas the Kava purchased in tea shops will provide you with stronger doses a day. You should also drink the tea with something fatty. This means that adding some buttermilk or coconut milk to the tea is called for. Kava is well known for having a true effect on anxiety.
Be advised, Kava is a strong tea and can interact with some drugs. Do not drink alcohol when drinking Kava. If you have liver disease you should not drink Kava. Please check with your doctor before trying Kava.
Though there is a tea that is made up with passionflower mixed into it, most people that use Passionflower do so in the form of liquid extract. The liquid extract is put into their tea and ingested that way. Again, you can find tea with Passionflower in it at a tea shop and quite possibly the extract as well, but you may find the Passionflower extract in an apothecary too. Though it has some of the same effects as Kava, it’s not as strong.
Valerian Root Tea
Valerian root isn’t so much used for anxiety as it’s used as a sleep aid. Many find that when they take valerian the fact that it makes them a little drowsy also makes them feel relaxed and less stressed. Because valerian root does make you tired, you should use caution when operating any machinery. Until you know how valerian root will affect you, you should drink your tea at night before bed.
2. Food To Help With Anxiety
There are many different types of foods that can help in relieving stress and anxiety. L-lysine is one of the building blocks of your neurotransmitters and studies have shown that those that are taking L-lysine supplements have reduced their anxiety symptoms. L-lysine is mostly found in meats such as beans and fish.
Omega-3 fatty acids have shown some evidence to ease anxiety and stress as well. These fatty acids are also mood boosters. Tuna, salmon, flax seeds, and walnuts all contain these omega-3 fatty acids.
Peaches and blueberries hold nutrients that can relieve stress. These fruits also have a calming effect. Whole grains contain tryptophan and magnesium. Your body will convert these into serotonin which has a calming effect. There are a vast array of foods that can help you balance your body and reduce your stress levels. Even if you’re a vegetarian or a vegan there are foods for every table and lifestyle.
3. Oils and Aromatherapy
Just about everyone has heard of aromatherapy. It’s one of the most commonly used items in the area of stress relief. The scent of certain oils and extracts can help with things such as panic attacks, irritability, inner peace, sleeplessness, and nervous tension. Here’s a short list of oils that can ease your stress.
- Ylang Ylang
4. Exercise and Recreation
One of the best things that you can do for yourself and your anxiety is to spend at least 30 minutes outdoors each day, exercising or just relaxing. The sun and fresh air can work wonders for those with too much stress in their life. You should also take time out for yourself each day whether you’re just kicking back with a book or soaking in a bubble bath. It’s very important for you to find your happy place as often as you can!