Five Natural Ways to Reduce Anxiety

If you suffer from anxiety issues, then you understand there are no “one size fits all” approaches to solving your feelings. Unfortunately, those who cannot relate to you are likely to try and discount your feelings of panic or agitation. They also may advise you to take a prescription to try and cope as best you can, and if you decide that is the best route for you, then do it.

But if you have a more manageable level of anxiety and are willing to save a little dough if it works, we have for you five natural ways to reduce anxiety (most of which you may not expect).

Get Movin’!

This solution may be a bit obvious, but it is one of the fastest effective options that you’ve got to address anxiety quickly. Everyone loves a runner’s high, but most don’t want to do the work to get there. Well, you’re in luck. Although more active exercise is much more likely to give you higher levels of dopamine, studies show that non-strenuous activity will still increase your dopamine levels from where they’re at when you’re resting.

L-O-L

Treating anxiety with the world of technology. No need to pull out a dusty, old joke book off the shelf; if you’re looking to have a few laughs and choose from a variety of types of comedy, sit on the couch and go to Netflix. If you are available to hang with your best friend or someone else who can make you laugh, then that’s also a good option. But if you’re by yourself and needing relief, choose your favorite stand-up comic and let them distract you from the world.

An Epsom salt bath

How can Epsom salt help anxiety? Well, this type of salt is known to soothe aching muscles and joints, but the properties found in Epsom salt have also been found to encourage other forms of healing in the body, including helping a tense mind relax. Feel free to add bubbles or whatever else you prefer during bath time.

Distractive toys

An anxiety sufferer does not have to purchase the dreaded fidget spinner. Everyone needs something different; some are drawn to spiky surfaces, some are attracted to more stress-ball type objects, some like things with sharp corners, some like smooth contours, the list goes on and on. There isn’t one toy that will work for you, but if you continue to search, then you’re bound to find a little trinket that fits your fancy and helps distract your scurrying mind during times of trouble.

Forest-bathing

This is the most unusual, yet the most interesting natural anxiety remedy on our list today. A practice dating back to ancient times in Japan, and we’re not talking about an actual naked bath. When you’re feeling stressed, overwhelmed, anxious, grab your earbuds and get out of the house. If it’s an option, visit a city park or a wooded area with a pathway to feel the effects of forest bathing. The beauty of nature and the solitude has been known to work wonder for those suffering from anxiety.

Again, not all anxiety remedies are guaranteed to work for one individual, but if you found even one that helps you and makes you days easier, then we were happy to help.

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