Healing Anxiety Naturally at Home
It can feel crippling when you have an anxiety attack at home or in public. If you’ve experienced this in the past, you know how you begin to dread it happening again. The good news is that if you have your own toolkit of anti-anxiety remedies — along with a few inexpensive essential oils and supplements — you can find so much relief from these emotional hurricanes. Try these easy tips the next time you find your fight or flight response escalating or feel like you’re on the edge of an anxiety attack.
There’s a lot of talk about essential oils right now, and it’s for good reason! Aromatherapy has been proven to promote relaxation and help soothe anxiety. There are many scents to try, but lavender should be first on your list. Wild lavender has a pleasant and stress-relieving scent, and essential oils are highly concentrated giving you a ton of anxiety relief in a tiny bottle. Carry it in your pocket and use it for massaging your temples or neck, or if you’re at home diffuse it into the air for an amazingly soothing stress reliever.
Kava Kava is the the go-to for anti-anxiety supplements. It’s been proven in countless studies to be the most common and effective natural, herbal supplement to counteract anxiety. It does have some possible side effects for people already on medications, so check with your doctor before incorporating it into your regimen. Other choices include valerian root, which is also helpful when trying to get a good night’s rest. Chamomile can be used as an oil or drank in tea to reduce anxiety.
Take a Breath
When anxiety begins to escalate, it can feel like you are trapped and powerless to stop the attack from coming on. Believe it or not, you do have the power to squelch it. By taking just a few deep, focused breaths you may be able to stop your panic and quell your anxiety. Practice by focusing on an object or a mental image of something soothing, then inhaling deeply through your nose for 5 long seconds. Count while you inhale, then with a deep, cleansing exhale imagine your anxiety being pushed out of your body where it can’t bother you anymore. Repeat until you feel centered again.
Give It Pressure
Acupressure can be surprisingly helpful in the relief of anxiety, even when you are not paying an acupuncturist or masseuse to do it for you. Target the areas on your body where you feel the most tension and stress developing and apply gentle pressure using your thumb and forefinger. The temples, shoulders, and upper neck are all good places to experiment with for anxiety relief.
Visualization as Anxiety Relief
Visualization is a powerful technique that can help realign your mind and get you feeling centered and relaxed again. Start by taking a few deep breaths, then imagine something that makes you feel calm such as rolling waves or budding flowers. Try to form a clear picture of this object in your mind and notice the details that are soothing; the gentle opening of the blossoms or the sound of the waves hitting the shore. You can try to recall a scent that you associate with the vision you are creating and let yourself get fully absorbed into the visualization.
Summing It up
In this day and age we often bypass more natural solutions to anxiety by reaching for a prescription. But the methods above really do work and have little to no negative side effects. By combining these techniques you can find safe and effective solutions to your anxiety that won’t break the bank. When you reduce your anxiety you will feel more in control of your life and relieved to not be hostage to anxiety any longer.