If you’re struggling with anxiety, you understand that it’s an ongoing battle that often includes individual counseling, behavioral therapy, and/or medication. But in addition to those, mother nature has given us some great options for natural remedies to help alleviate the symptoms of anxiety.
Not only are almonds healthy for you, but they can help relieve your anxiety. Almonds have natural calming properties and are fantastic for people suffering from depression, stress or moderate levels of anxiety.
Many people aren’t aware that a deficiency in potassium can cause anxiety. If you are struggling with a constant feeling of nervousness or anxiousness, add foods that are high in potassium and folic acid to your diet. It doesn’t matter if you eat raw foods or cooked; increasing your intake of potassium can help you fight your anxiety naturally. Foods that are high in potassium include bananas, apricots, avocados, clams, halibut, yogurt, prune juice, carrot juice, beet greens, lima beans and white beans.
It’s been proven that the scent of an orange has the ability to reduce anxiety. To get the most benefit from the orange’s scent, peel the skin and place the rind in a sauce pan, cover it with water and heat it to a simmer. The aroma released from the peel will fill your kitchen, reducing your anxiety significantly. You can also inhale the scent from the fruit itself, though it may not be as calming.
A warm sesame oil massage is virtually guaranteed to help you relax. Whether you massage yourself or ask your partner to do it for you, spend at least 20 minutes rubbing away the stress of the day before you go to bed. Heat between six and eight ounces of sesame oil in the microwave until it is warm, and rub the oil over your entire body, including the soles of your feet and your scalp.
Meditation, when coupled with any of the above remedies is one of the most effective ways to relieve stress and anxiety. We say “coupled with” because meditation takes practice and, as such, will not provide immediate relief. If you’ve never meditated before, there are dozens of apps, videos and books that can serve as your guide. Because meditation involves quieting your mind and concentrating on your breathing, it can be a great way to let all of your worries go.