Did you know that more than 30% of the US population will experience anxiety at some point in their lives? What’s more, fewer than half of those people will seek treatment for it. Unfortunately, anxiety comes with a complex array of risks. It can lead to addiction, depression, and in some cases, even suicide. That’s why treating your anxiety is critical.
While there are many pharmaceuticals on the market, most experts agree that they are not a long-term solution for handling anxiety. These medications can be extremely addictive and, rather than solving the root of the problem, they are more of a Band-Aid.
If you’re what you would consider “anxious” and you’re ready to leave your troubles behind, here are some ways to naturally reduce anxiety.
If you haven’t heard of Kava yet, it’s time to get acquainted. Kava is an herbal remedy derived from the roots of the Piper methysticum plant. (Try saying that three times fast.) Drinking Kava can not only be a delicious experience but it also promotes relaxation.
The drink contains certain compounds that regulate your mood and give you a sense of tranquility. The next time you feel anxiety building, consider drinking a warm cup of kava. You may be surprised to find that you’re immediately soothed.
Practice Deep Breathing
Deep breathing has been a staple for anxiety sufferers for centuries. Focusing on your breath by inhaling deeply through your nose and expanding your abdomen can calm your nervous system almost immediately and, in turn, reduce anxiety. It can be extremely effective for stress relief and can even help you fall asleep faster. Whenever you feel your anxiety rising, remember to take deep breaths repeatedly and you’ll start to feel your heart rate go down.
Modern life is fast-paced. From the minute we wake up till the minute we go to bed, there is a constant influx of stimuli. Screens, lights, coworkers, pets, children—chances are there is no shortage of stimulation wherever you turn.
Throughout the day, all of this stimulation can start to build up inside us. If we have no outlet for this pent-up energy, it can manifest as anxiety. Exercise is a great way to release this internal pressure and reduce your anxiety. When you exercise, you release endorphins, which are natural mood boosters—you don’t even requite a prescription! Incorporating a daily exercise routine into your life will not only help you stay more Zen but can also increase your confidence since you’ll feel healthy and strong.
Remember, everyone is unique, and some techniques may work better for some than others. Try out a few natural remedies for yourself and see if one fits. Most importantly, talk to your doctor about what they feel is best for you.