Updated: Apr 10
Anxiety is a common mental health condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It is characterized by feelings of worry, nervousness, and fear, and can interfere with daily life. While there are many pharmaceutical drugs available to treat anxiety, many people prefer to use natural remedies as a first-line treatment or as a complement to medication. In this article, we will explore some of the most effective natural remedies for anxiety.
Exercise: Regular exercise can help reduce anxiety by releasing endorphins and improving overall mood. Exercise can also help reduce muscle tension, which is often associated with anxiety. At TDW Hypnotherapy Harrogate we recommend going to a gym like www.puregym.com because they don't force you into contracts, you can pay monthly, and their rates are some of the cheapest (it only costs around £15 per month for off-peak access). The equipment is good quality and suitable for all types of fitness. We advise starting slowly if you aren't used to exercising. Force yourself to overcome the laziness, overthinking or reticence and you will start to enjoy it. It will do wonders for your mental and physical health.
Meditation: Meditation is a practice that involves focusing on the present moment and quieting the mind. It has been shown to be effective in reducing anxiety symptoms, improving sleep, and increasing overall well-being. Whilst TDW Hypnotherapy Harrogate does advocate meditation, we know it can be difficult and frustrating if you have anxiety to even begin meditating properly. So use it if you have practised during non-anxious times and can go into the state, otherwise don't bother as the pressure of trying to clear your mind of thoughts can be stressful in itself. Especially if you are a perfectionist.
Yoga: Yoga is a mind-body practice that involves a series of postures and breathing exercises. It has been shown to be effective in reducing anxiety symptoms and improving overall mental health. TDW Hypnotherapy Harrogate advises starting slowly if you aren't experienced. Like meditation it can be stressful if you struggle to do it correctly so leave it for less stressful times if necessary.
Aromatherapy: Essential oils such as lavender, chamomile, and bergamot have been shown to have calming effects on the body and mind. These oils can be used in diffusers or added to a warm bath for a relaxing experience. TDW Hypnotherapy Harrogate encourages the use of essential oils to aid relaxation, even better if you are having a massage too.
Herbal supplements: Certain herbs such as passionflower, valerian root, and kava have been shown to have anxiolytic effects on the body. These herbs can be taken in supplement form or as a tea. TDW Hypnotherapy Harrogate does believe in natural supplements but give them time to take effect as they are usually a lot more gentle on the system than prescribed medication.
CBD oil: CBD oil is derived from the hemp plant and has been shown to have calming effects on the body and mind. It can be taken in tincture form or added to food or drinks. TDW Hypnotherapy Harrogate has no experience with clients using this on a regular basis so can't comment (this may change in future as CBD oil becomes more popular)
Chamomile tea: Chamomile tea is a popular natural remedy for anxiety. It contains compounds that have a calming effect on the body and can help promote relaxation and sleep. TDW Hypnotherapy Harrogate advocates the use of chamomile but also recommends listening to a hypnotic sleep audio shortly after drinking the tea for best effect (find hypnotic audios here)
Deep breathing exercises: Deep breathing exercises can help reduce anxiety symptoms by slowing down the heart rate and promoting relaxation. One effective exercise is to inhale deeply for four seconds, hold for four seconds, and exhale for four seconds. TDW Hypnotherapy Harrogate advises anyone experiencing a panic attack or strong anxiety to do this. Slowing your breathing sends a message to your fight or flight system that it is ok to calm down. Very effective.
Mindfulness: Mindfulness is a practice that involves paying attention to the present moment without judgment. It has been shown to be effective in reducing anxiety symptoms and improving overall mental health. TDW Hypnotherapy Harrogate recommends mindfulness to help stress and anxiety, in fact, we hold sessions that you can attend in person (Harrogate & Knaresborough) or remotely via Zoom. Click here to find out more
Limit caffeine and alcohol: Caffeine and alcohol can both increase feelings of anxiety and nervousness. Limiting or avoiding these substances can help reduce anxiety symptoms. TDW Hypnotherapy Harrogate suggests drinking caffeine free teas and coffees instead. Limit alcohol to one drink only and DO NOT mix alcohol with prescribed anxiety meds.
In conclusion, natural remedies for anxiety can be effective in reducing symptoms and improving overall mental health. However, it is important to talk to a healthcare professional before starting any new treatment, especially if you are taking medication or have a pre-existing medical condition. With the right treatment and support, anxiety can be managed and overcome.
We see clients having great results from hypnotherapy too. Not exactly something you can do yourself with as much success as one to one sessions with a skilled hypnotherapist so get in touch if you would like to ask any questions or book a free call here
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