If you have anxiety, we don’t need to tell you how it can affect your life – it can make simple things seem more difficult, from something as easy as a conversation with a neighbor to going to the grocery store.
While there’s no miracle overnight “fix” for anxiety – there are ways to help alleviate it and improve your quality of life. While medications are very helpful in a lot of cases, it’s not the only solution – you can start working towards more natural ways to keep your anxiety in check so you can start living life to the fullest. Here are seven suggestions…
If you’re feeling especially jittery, a nice warm cup of chamomile tea can help soothe away negative feelings associated with anxiety, according to Health.com. There are some contents of chamomile – Matricaria recutita in particular – that “bind to the same brain receptors” as anti-anxiety drugs like Valium, notes the source.
If you don’t have time to brew up tea, you can take chamomile as a supplement, adds the source. Health.com cites a study from the University of Pennsylvania that showed anxiety patients who took chamomile supplements for 8-weeks “had a significant decrease in anxiety symptoms compared to patients taking placebo.”
Chamomile can cause adverse interactions when used along with certain medications or herbal products, so consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using it. According to Drugs.com, you should avoid chamomile “if you have a past or present cancer of the breast, ovary, or uterus; or a history of endometriosis or uterine fibroids,” as well as if you’re pregnant or nursing.