Anxiety is becoming our number one daily problem and we should not disregard it. 77% of us experience physical symptoms caused by stress on a regular basis and 73% endure psychological effects. You should find what range of activities work best for you, from moderate exercise to sweating in the sauna, but if you feel like you don’t want to wear sports clothes and the physical activity brings you more discomfort than relaxation, try the following alternative remedies.
One of the most common causes for anxiety attack is the lack of sleep. If this cycle continues night after night, break the chain and calm yourself with a cup of chamomile. According to the latest studies, chamomile relaxes the blood vessels and smooths muscle fibers considerably which in turn helps the release of the built-up tension.
- Valerian root
In Japan, the valerian root is a popular over-the-counter sedative and is considered a natural remedy for anxiety. Science has discovered that this root increases the amount of a chemical (GABA) which helps the regulation of the nerve cells, so as a result, it helps calm anxiety, promotes sleep, controls panic attacks and relieves headaches.
Lavander has been used in herbal therapy, mostly in aromatherapy, for many years. It is believed that the essential oils from lavender promote calmness. If you suffer from stress and you need a peaceful night’s sleep, you could use a lavender spray which is applied to the pillow.
You are having an anxiety attack? Your head feels like it will explode? Calm yourself with L-theanine, an amino acid which could be found in green tea. According to latest research, L-theanine boosts GABA production which affects our mood positively, while it increases the levels of dopamine and serotonin in the brain, and stimulates our alpha waves which relax us.
- Passion flower
A great source of antioxidants, this wonderful purple color flower is also a sleeping aid and a calming agent. Generally, it is consumed as a tea, but it could also be combined with other herbs that induce relaxation so to relieve anxiety.
- Lemon balm
Lemon balm has been used for calming since the Middle Ages to “lift the spirits”, heal the wounds, calm the insect bites, and combined with valerian root, to relieve stress. According to some studies, it helps indigestion, and when used in aromatherapy, it can help patients with Alzheimer’s disease by improving the cognitive function and decreasing agitation.
Hops is a bitter herb with many medicinal benefits. It is used to make beer and often combined with valerian root, it is an excellent remedy for insomnia, stress and anxiety.