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Home remedies for Anxiety

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Home remedies for anxiety includes practicing yoga and meditation. The Mother Nature has blessed us with various herbs that possess natural stress and anxiety relieving properties. Anxiety is disturbed mental state and asanas such as shavasana, shirshasana and dhyana (meditation) using various holistic approaches are considered as anxiety reliever acts.

Herbs such as brahmi, mandookparni, shankhpushpi, Ashwagandha are natural Ayurvedic herbs classified under anti-depressants in ancient Ayurvedic pharmacopeia.

You can also relive anxiety by listening to certain soft music. The music with nature’s sound (such as sound of ocean, rain, calming wind with bird creeping etc.) are few of the best home remedies for anxiety.

Brainwave entrainment sound therapy is on the rage these days as one of the most effective home remedies for anxiety . You can just plug in this specially bioengineered soundtrack and forget about anxiety. This sort of music is readily available on the Internet that you can browse and shop.

Regular massage onto the head and face (gently) is one of the natural home remedies for anxiety. You can use Ayurvedic medicated herbal oil (with stress reliever herbal extracts) for better and faster results.

When you wake up tomorrow start doing something right away, and keep busy all day. Taking action by doing something, almost anything, will help you work through your anxiety. Sometimes it’s doing the dishes or working in your garden. Other times it’s reading or meditating. Just sitting around and thinking about your worries won’t make them go away.

Focus your attention on where the feeling of anxiousness is in your body and keep your attention there until the feeling moves or dissolves. For example the tension could be in your abdomen or your neck. Whenever your attention wanders, bring it back to the place in your body where the physical feeling is. Doing this for five or ten minutes can reduce, if not eliminate, the anxiety.

Anxiety will grow if it’s not directed into some positive action. Find someone who needs you and lend him or her a helping hand. It will almost always take your mind off your problems and fears. Helping others is actually a way of taking action and responsibility for your own healing.

Talking to someone is one of the best ways to overcome your anxiety. Getting together with your family and friends, even your fellow patrons at Starbucks, and talking about what you are feeling can be helpful. If you can’t talk to someone, try writing a letter or visiting an appropriate Internet chat room.

Lack of control over your thoughts strengthens your anxiety. As negative thoughts get stronger and stronger, your anxiety gets stronger. You need to learn to control your thoughts.

Feelings and emotions fuel and strengthen anxiety. You need to learn some self discipline and control over your feelings, and you also need to develop emotional and mental detachment.

When you go to bed at night, and first thing when you wake up in the morning, think about the good things that are happening to you. There are always some good things happening, even if small and insignificant.

Start the day with several minutes of positive affirmations. Tell yourself how would like your day to be. Use positive, cheering and motivating words.

Be busy, do something. By doing something you keep your mind off your anxiety. When you wake up in the morning start doing something right away, and keep busy all day. Cleaning the house, washing the dishes or working in your garden, reading, studying, meditating or exercising your body can help you keep your mind away from anxiety. Just sitting around and thinking about your problems and worries won’t make them go away.

Set a goal and work everyday to achieve it. This action will direct your thoughts and feelings away from worries and anxieties, toward something more positive.

Talk about your anxieties to someone you trust. Talking about your anxieties and feelings often alleviate them and put them in the right proportions, provided you talk objectively, and with a real desire to reduce or get rid of your anxiety.

Do not participate in unnecessary debates and arguments in office or anywhere else. This engages the subconscious brain and it stars worrying. All this brings anxiety and hence, the wise way to get rid of anxiety is keep yourself away from all spicy talks about other people! Concentrate on your work and spend no time to beat about the bush.

Remedies For Anxiety

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Physical aspects of anxiety include stomach upsets, colitis, migraines, palpitations, hypertension and sweating. Anxiety after trauma, post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), is also increasingly common. Underlying, contributing factors are low blood sugar, food allergy, nutrient deficiency (fatty acids, B complex, etc.) and imbalances of the thyroid, ovaries or adrenals. Home remedies for anxiety can help you get this nutrient in.

Many of the herbs that help anxiety work on the same brain receptor sites as drugs like Valium, Xanax and Halcion. Herbs however, tend to be gentler, safer and non-addictive. They have relaxant properties but also nourish and strengthen the nervous system. There are hundreds of home remedies for anxiety and nervous disorders.

Home remedies for Anxiety 1: California Poppy**—Eschscholtzia californica
• A tension-relieving, sedative, anti-anxiety and antispasmodic herb.
• Helps sleeplessness, quells headache and muscular spasm from stress.
• Gentle, non-addictive action that is safe for children and the elderly.

Home remedies for Anxiety 2: Chamomile***—Matricaria recutita
• Tranquilizing effects, with action similar to drugs, i.e. Halcion, Valium.
• Reduces effects of stress-induced chemicals in the brain, while promoting healthy adrenal hormones (e.g. cortisol). Relieves pain and spasms.
• Aids digestion, cramping and back pain. Promotes restful sleep.

Home remedies for Anxiety 3: Hops**—Humulus lupulus
• Calms nerves, eases anxiety, restlessness and tension. For headaches from stress, insomnia / sleep loss, indigestion or effects of alcohol.
• Its sedative properties are not appropriate for use during depression.

Home remedies for Anxiety 4: Kava Kava***—Piper methysticum
• Reduces anxiety, fear, tension; alleviates stress from many emotional, interpersonal and career factors. Improves performance; no grogginess.
• Relaxes muscles, relieves pain, insomnia and promotes restful sleep.
• Compares favorably to tranquilizers and benzodiazepines for anxiety.

Home remedies for Anxiety 5: Lemon Balrn*—Melissa officinalis
• Relaxing and tonic herb, reduces anxiety, restlessness and nervousness.
• Helps with panic disorder, palpitations, racing heart, overactive thyroid.
• For digestive upset from stress or anxiety; nausea, indigestion, colic.
• Anti-depressant. Good in synergistic combination with other herbs.

Home remedies for Anxiety 6: Linden**—Tilia europaea
• Reduces tension, promotes relaxation; mild mood-elevating qualities.
• Protects against illness due to stress, anxiety and overactive adrenal glands, including high blood pressure, palpitations, gastric ulcers.

Home remedies for Anxiety 7: Mothervvort**—Leonarus cardiaca
• A relaxing, tonic herb and mild sedative that gently relieves tension, anxiety when feeling under pressure. A heart, uterine and thyroid tonic.
• Relieves symptoms like a racing heart, shallow breathing.

Home remedies for Anxiety 8: Passionflower* *—Passiflora incarnata
• Sedative herb that relieves anxiety, tension, spasms, pains, neuralgia.
• Promotes restful, refreshed sleep; induces relaxation, mild euphoria.
• Gentle action, suitable for nervousness in children and the elderly.

Home remedies for Anxiety 9: Skullcap***—Scutellaria laterifolia
• Relaxes, yet tones and renews the nervous system. Calms oversensitivity.
• Helps hysteria, depression and exhaustion, eases stress during PMS.
• Pain reliever and antispasmodic, decreases restlessness, nervousness.

Home remedies for Anxiety 10: St. John’s Wort***–Hypericum perfoliatum
• Effective long-term action for anxiety and tension, as well as irritability and depression. Also for mood changes during menopause and for pain syndromes, including fibromyalgia, arthritis and neuralgia.

What are the types of anxiety disorders?

Monday, August 28th, 2006

Following are several of the most commonly experienced types of anxiety attacks and disorders.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) – If you feel consistently anxious for reasons which aren’t always apparent, you may be suffering from GAD. Anxiety related to GAD often manifests itself in physical symptoms like headaches, stomach upset and fatigue.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – The main symptom of OCD is unwanted thoughts or behaviors that seem impossible to stop or control.

Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder – Panic disorder is a type of anxiety characterized by repeated, unexpected panic attacks. Panic disorder may also be accompanied by agoraphobia, a type of anxiety associated with being in places where escape or help is not perceived to be possible in case of panic.

Phobias – A phobia is type of anxiety that involves an extreme, unrealistic fear of a specific object/activity (such as a particular animal, or of flying) or of certain situations (such as being in open spaces, or in social situations). Usually phobias cause unrelenting fear and physical symptoms that prevent the person from facing the fear.

Separation Anxiety – Separation anxiety is a normal developmental stage experienced by a child when separated from the primary caregiver. It consists of crying and distress when a child is away from a parent or from home. If separation anxiety continues to occur beyond a certain age or negatively impairs life or activities, it may need to be addressed.

Social Anxiety / Social Phobia – Social anxiety disorder can be thought of as an extreme shyness – extreme to the point of avoiding social situations and causing disruption to social and professional relationships.

Separation from home – Developmentally inappropriate and excessive anxiety

Monday, August 28th, 2006
  1. Developmentally inappropriate and excessive anxiety concerning separation from home or from those to whom the individual is attached, as evidenced by three (or more) of the following:
  2. recurrent excessive distress when separation from home or major attachment figures occurs or is anticipated
  3. persistent and excessive worry about losing, or about possible harm befalling, major attachment figures
  4. persistent and excessive worry that an untoward event will lead to separation from a major attachment figure (e.g., getting lost or being kidnapped)
  5. persistent reluctance or refusal to go to school or elsewhere because of fear of separation
  6. persistently and excessively fearful or reluctant to be alone or without major attachment figures at home or without significant adults in other settings
  7. persistent reluctance or refusal to go to sleep without being near a major attachment figure or to sleep away from home
  8. repeated nightmares involving the theme of separation
  9. repeated complaints of physical symptoms (such as headaches, stomachaches, nausea, or vomiting) when separation from major attachment figures occurs or is anticipated