What is a Home Remedy for Anxiety?

30 Mar , 2022

A pounding heart and shallow breathing. We’ve all felt anxiety in our bodies at some point in our lives. It’s uncomfortable. Sometimes it’s helpful - anxiety alerts us to the fact that we are in an unsafe environment.  Often, though, it’s our nervous system being overly vigilant and setting off alarm bells when they aren’t actually needed. 

Anxiety relief is a hot topic these days. More and more adults are suffering from anxiety and looking for natural ways to improve their focus, reduce stress, support their immune system, and even relieve pain. 

Luckily, the most important remedies for anxiety are things we can all do at home. They help our nervous systems switch from a state of panic to a state of calm.

These remedies are:

Breathe
Move
Make Sound
Sleep

      At first glance, this list may appear too simple, but the remedies are actually incredibly powerful ways to get anxiety relief for adults. Let’s look at them a little more closely.

      Breathe

      Deep breathing is a tried-and-true technique to improve focus and offer anxiety relief when you are feeling overwhelmed. Your inhalation should be deep, going down to your belly. Your exhale needs to be longer than the inhale. This activates the relaxation settings of the Vagus nerve and literally acts as a manual override of our instinct to “fight or flee”.

      This natural method will calm your mind and redirect your attention to your breath–and off your anxious thoughts. When combined with a natural supplement aimed to relieve anxiety, deep breathing is an easy remedy you can use anywhere and everywhere.

      Move

      Anxiety can often lead to a feeling of restlessness and an inability to concentrate. To discharge some of that nervous energy from your body, physically move it. Shake your hands, run or move.  Help your frightened mind reconnect with your physical body. This shifts your attention from your anxious mind back to your body.

      The act of moving is a natural way to improve your focus, allowing your body to let go of anxious energy and re-center your attention on other things. Movement can also reduce stress and your immune system.  No gym membership is required–you can do it from anywhere!

      Make Sound

      This can be simple–even a quiet sigh as you exhale counts. So does humming or singing your favorite song. This affects your Vagus nerve and helps turn off the alarm bells that are going off in your mind.  Making sound can act as a manual override, instructing your nervous system to shift from fight or flight into the state of rest and relaxation. Sound can also be used to redirect your attention off your anxious thoughts and onto something else. This can effectively reduce your stress levels and help improve your focus. If you’re experiencing pain, humming or redirecting your focus off your pain and into the sound is a natural way to relieve pain and improve your focus, all in one. 

      Sleep

      Getting good quality sleep, and enough of it, can do wonders in helping you reduce stress and give you anxiety relief. Sleep has been shown to improve your focus, relieve anxiety, help you manage stress, and it has also been proven to help with pain management. Sleep, paired with zinc, also offers immune support–which we all need! This is a natural remedy that is powerful! If you need help in the sleep department, taking a natural supplement specially formulated for sleep can go a long way in getting the sleep you need to function at your best.

      These four remedies provide a solid and powerful foundation for relieving anxiety symptoms in adults. They are the best things to do in the moment. Healing the deeper causes of anxiety will likely require deeper inquiry over time to discover and heal the underlying causes and triggers.  

      Non-addictive supplements like Lig and Ceptor’s Relieve anxiety formula can also provide significant anxiety relief, especially when used in combination with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or Emotional Freedom Technique.





       
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