It is quite normal for an individual to feel anxious at certain times. For instance, a student may feel anxious right before an examination, an individual would develop cold feet right before the wedding or a performer would become nervous right before his/her performance is about to start etc. These instances and many like them tend to trigger the nervous system and activate the stress levels, thereby increasing anxiety.
However, the human body is well equipped to handle the sudden spike in anxiety levels and usually releases natural stress relievers that help relax the nervous system. The trouble starts when the relievers fail to control the increase in stress levels and the individual in question starts getting frequent and intense anxiety attacks. Without proper care or treatment, these anxiety attacks would become a regular routine for the individual and would go to the extent of disrupting his physical and psychological balance permanently.
Treating Anxiety With Home Remedies
Standard medications for anxiety work in handling the stress triggers in the body. By controlling them, these medications aim to bring down the stress and anxiety levels in an individual. And even though they may be effective in providing relief from anxiety and its symptoms, they are quite addictive and can cause potential side effects in the long run.
On the other hand, anxiety and its symptoms can be effectively handled with some really simple but effective home remedies. These remedies would offer extended relief from the condition without necessarily harming the body in the process. Better yet, they are not addictive at all and can be used only during the treatment phase. Here are some of the best known home remedies for anxiety and its symptoms in individuals.
Controlling The Mind
Anxiety is more of a mind related disorder! So controlling the mind occupies the foremost priority when it comes to handling/treating an anxiety attack and preventing recurrences. There are a number of ways you can ease your mind during an anxiety attack, including deep breathing exercises, meditation or yoga which would effectively bring down the intensity of the attack and offer immense relief from the same.
You need to check which of these exercises help you the most during an anxiety attack and adopt the same approach to controlling future attacks. It may take some time but would be well worth it in the end.
Regulated breathing can bring down the symptoms of an anxiety attack almost instantly. Anxiety attacks usually lead to hurried breathing and breathlessness. Therefore, learning to control your breathing can help you immensely when it comes to treating anxiety and its related symptoms. Here’s an exercise that can help you regulate your breathing.
Sit down cross legged on the floor. Sit straight and place your hand above your abdomen. Inhale slowly, making sure you don’t raise your shoulders in the process. Rather, focus on expanding your belly as you breathe in. Hold your breath for a few seconds and breathe out slowly. Continue the same until you feel relaxed.
Studies have revealed that getting a massage can help an individual deal with the symptoms of an anxiety attack effectively and in a timely manner. In addition to relaxing the muscles in the body, a massage would relax the nervous system which would in turn relax the mind. And this would effectively help control an anxiety attack.
Lie down on a table or on the floor and ask your partner or trusted friend to give you a body massage whenever you start getting overly anxious. A slow, steady massage would soothe your tensed nerves to a great extent!
Another effective home remedy for anxiety attacks involves inhaling certain essences that can soothe your body and mind to a great extent. Essential oils are usually considered as the best options for the same.
All you need to do is add a few drops of essential oils (preferable lavender oil) to your bath water and soak in it until you feel better. Alternatively, you can also burn the oils and inhale their fumes to feel better during an anxiety attack.
Nothing beats a relaxing dip in a bathtub filled with warm water when you are on the verge of an anxiety attack. Fill the bathtub with warm water (not too hot though).
Soak in it for about ½ hour to feel relaxed. For better results, add a few drops of lavender oil to the bath water beforehand. This would help soothe your frayed nerves, relax your muscles and help control any other factor (bodily) that could lead to an anxiety attack.
Avoiding certain potential triggers is considered extremely important when it comes to dealing with anxiety attacks at home. These include tea, coffee, caffeinated beverages, cola, soft drinks, beer, wine and alcoholic drinks, all of which are known to trigger anxiety attacks in individuals.
So try avoiding them altogether or limiting their intake to a minimum. This would effectively help you treat anxiety and its related symptoms in addition to preventing recurrences.
Exercising Your Way To A Relaxed Mind And Body
Studies have revealed that regular exercises can help deal with the symptoms of an anxiety attack quickly and effectively. A brisk workout for 30 minutes every day can effectively relax your mind by stimulating the release of endorphins which act as mood changing hormones and help soothes a tensed mind and body.
If you are not one to exercise on a regular basis, try opting for a brisk walk or jog in the morning and evening to get the same result.
Low levels of magnesium in the body is often related to increased stress levels. Therefore, it is considered essential to maintain the magnesium levels in the body in order to prevent anxiety attacks.
You can either opt for foods that contain this element (like pumpkin, watermelon seeds, wheat, bran, squash, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, soybeans, almonds, cashews and dark chocolate etc.) or opt for magnesium supplements for the same purpose (check with a doctor beforehand).
Respite From Anxiety With Kitchen Counter Remedies
You may not know it but your kitchen may contain plenty of effective cures for anxiety attacks and the symptoms related to the same. Given below are some of the more common kitchen counter remedies for anxiety.
Milk is known to contain an amino acid called tryptophan which stimulates the release of the chemical called serotonin which in turn improves the mood to a great extent.
Sipping on a glass of milk can therefore help you deal with anxiety attacks effectively and in no time at all.
All you need to do is add some baking soda and ginger to a warm bath (1/3 cup each of both ingredients) and soak in it for about 20 minutes until your body and mind feel relaxed.
Orange contains a calming oil which is usually present in its aroma. Inhaling the aroma of an orange can effectively create a passage for this oil to reach the mind and soothe it. You can peel an orange and inhale it. Alternatively, you can burn the orange peels under low heat in a burner and then add some water to them.
As they start simmering, the peels would release their aroma. If this doesn’t work, there is always the good old trick of peeling a couple of oranges, blending the pulp, straining the resultant mixture and drinking the juice to instantly feel better during an anxiety attack.