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5 Natural Remedies for Anxiety



1)Chamomile
If you have an anxious moment, a cuppa' chamomile tea might help calm you down. Some compounds in chamomile (known as matricaria recutita, a bit of a mouthful I know), tie to the same brain receptors as some drugs do, such as Valium. It's also a mild muscle relaxant, that can help relieve stress, anxiety and even depression. In addition to being calming, chamomile tea also offers health benefits for helping cure a cough as severe as bronchitis, a fever or an inflammation of the skin.

2) Green Tea
They say that Buddhist monks could meditate for hours, being both alert and relaxed. One reason may have been an amino acid in their green tea called L-theanine. Research shows that L-theanine helps curb a rising heart rate and blood pressure, and a few small human studies have found that it reduces anxiety. It's been proven that just 200 milligrams of L-theanine can really help you focus! You can get that much L-theanine from green tea, but you'll have to drink around 5 cups of it!

3) Excercise
Exercise is safe, good for the brain, and a powerful antidote to depression and anxiety, both immediately and in the long term. It's universally known that if you exercise on a regular basis, you'll have more self-esteem and feel healthier.One of the major causes of anxiety is worrying about illness and health, and that reduces when you are fit.

4) Lavender
Lavender's one of my favourite remedies as it really helps me sleep. Just putting a drop of this on my pillow each night really helps with my anxiety and insomnia. Research shows the scent lowers heart rate and blood pressure, putting you in a relaxed state.

5) The 4-7-8 breath
Ok, I'm not recommending that you turn blue, but breathing has been shown to be effective in lowering stress and anxiety. This technique was told to me by Mom, and really does help! One reason it works is that you can't breathe deeply and be anxious at the same time. To do the 4-7-8 breath, exhale completely through your mouth, then inhale through your nose for a count of four. Hold your breath for a count of seven. Now let it out slowly through your mouth for a count of eight. Repeat at least twice a day.
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16 comments

  1. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS! I'm always interested in natural remedies for anxiety, so I found this post very helpful!
    Becky Shannon xx - Life-by-Becky

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  2. This is so helpful, I feel myself relapsing back into my anxious tendencies now I'm going back into education in a couple of days, so I have bookmarked this post and will have a try of the lavender when I'm struggling to get to sleep because of anxiety! Thank you so much. Have followed you as well, love your blog.

    I’m a new vegan / lifestyle blog – it’d mean a lot if you could have a look! Little Green Fancy: New Lifestyle / Vegan

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    1. I hope it helps you - and I hope you can stay positive whilst starting education again :) x

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  3. Some really good tips, these will be really helpful for anxious times! Never heard of the 4-7-8 breath!

    www.musingsandmore.co.uk

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  4. This post couldn't have come at a better time! I'm going back to Uni for my last year of studies, so right now I'm willing to slather myself in lavender oil and drink all the chamomile tea just to keep anxiety at bay.

    Vanda
    The Late Latte

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  5. I find lavender so relaxing, it always sends me off to sleep too! Your header looks amazing, is it new? I'm sure I'd have noticed it before or maybe I'm just super stupid haha! x

    Josie’s Journal

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    1. Yeah it's new! I mentioned it in my last post - my friend Conor designed it, it's awesome! He's open to requests! x

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  6. I've never heard of the 4-7-8 breathing technique before. I'm definitely going to give that one a try next time I'm feeling anxious. Thanks! xx

    http://ditsysprinkles.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. I'm a huge fan of chamomile tea, I really find it relaxing.

    Thanks so much for sharing, your blog is lovely!

    xo
    Kate
    http://www.kateisgreatblog.com

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  8. I needed this! Chamomile is one of my fave teas to drink before sleeping
    Thanks for sharing :)
    www.chubbylamb.ca

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