10 Natural Ways to Ease Anxiety

Sipping on chamomile tea helps calm frazzled nerves and promotes relaxation. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Sipping on chamomile tea helps calm a nervous stomach and promotes relaxation. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Feeling nervous? Try one of these tips to feel calmer in minutes (via Care2.com):

  1. Sip chamomile tea. The chamomile herb relaxes nerves and can calm stomach discomfort.
  2. Chew on cardamom seeds. The cardamom spice has been used for centuries in the treatment of many physical and emotional ailments. (Bonus: it also freshens your breath!)
  3. Stop and smell the roses. Enjoy a cup of rose hip tea, spritz some organic rose water on your face (eyes closed), or enjoy the scent of a fresh rose bouquet to help you relax.
  4. Breathe deeply for five minutes. This is the single most effective way to calm frazzled nerves.
  5. Phone a friend. Telling a friend how you’re feeling and listening to their familiar voice will give you comfort and a fresh perspective.
  6. Enjoy a bowl of oatmeal. This whole grain releases serotonin, a feel-good neurotransmitter.
  7. Drink a glass of water. Even if you’re not thirsty, ‘irrigating’ your system is a proven stress reliever.
  8. Don’t reach for a gooey doughnut. The sugar will only make your blood sugar levels spike and crash, increasing the stress hormone cortisol in your body.
  9. Go for a walk. If possible, walk outside to breathe in fresh air and take in the sky with your eyes. Connecting with nature, even for a few minutes, can ease anxiety.
  10. Try yoga poses that involve tilting your head down. This increases the flow of blood to your brain, and delivers more oxygen and nutrients to your thyroid, helping you to feel the anxiety melt away.

 

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