Many people experience stress and anxiety once or twice a week. Studies suggest that 70% of adults in Australia feel various types of stress and anxiety daily, and this is contributed to by the current pandemic we are all experiencing.
It is essential that we find ways to overcome anxiety and stress naturally. Here are some of the simple but effective ways of relieving stress and anxiety.
- Consider supplements
Several natural supplements can reduce the effects of anxiety and stress. One good example is lemon balm, which is a member of the mint family that has been proven to alleviate the effects of anxiety. You may also consider drinking green tea, which contains polyphenol antioxidants that can lower stress and increase serotonin levels in your body.
Omega-3 fatty acids are also a good alternative since a study showed that people who consume this supplement experienced a 20% reduction in anxiety symptoms. However, it would be wise to consult with your doctor first, especially if you have a medical condition because some supplements can interact with some medications.
Exercise is one of the most effective ways of combatting stress, but for some, it might seem contradictory, since giving your physical body stress might not be the best thing to do. But in reality, it can actually relieve mental stress.
In fact, the benefits of exercise are more significant when you do it regularly. Therefore, people who exercise more often are less likely to experience stress than those who don’t exercise at all. Exercise can also lower your body’s stress hormones (cortisol), and it helps in the production of endorphins, which are chemicals that can act as natural painkillers, and it can also improve your mood.
One good example is yoga, which is a popular exercise that can cater to all age groups. Its main focus is more on body and breath awareness. Research has proven that yoga can enhance the mood of its practitioner and may even serve as a natural antidepressant.
Lastly, exercise can also improve your sleep quality, which is an important ingredient for staying stress-free.
- Reduce caffeine intake
Caffeine is known to be a strong stimulant, and it is found in several beverages like coffee, chocolate, energy drinks, and tea. Taking high doses of caffeine can increase your anxiety. Although we have a different threshold for how much caffeine we can take in each day, some people are more tolerant to caffeine than others.
However, if you feel caffeine makes you more anxious and jittery, you should cut back. We recommend that you only drink coffee at least three or fewer cups per day since that is a moderate amount.
Another natural alternative treatment to stress and anxiety is acupuncture (not to be confused with dry needling) since it can slow the body’s production of stress hormones and help in alleviating the effects of anxiety. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), acupuncture has shown positive results in the treatment of anxiety disorders.
Thanks to vast clinical evidence, acupuncture is now a trusted alternative treatment to consider. However, before you choose an acupuncturist, you need to make sure that he or she is a certified practitioner with years of experience doing these types of treatments.