Taming the Grip of Anxiety

Anxious face

Generalised anxiety, anxiety attacks, panics attacks many of us have experienced symptoms of these at some point in our lives. Short periods of stress are a normal part of human existence, to help us deal with potentially dangerous situations but when anxiety becomes a normal state this is when a person’s quality of life becomes compromised.

What is Anxiety? Anxiety occurs when the mind perceives situations, current or future, as stress triggers. The anxious state can be temporary or sometimes permanent when there are multiple triggers in daily life.

What are the Symptoms of Anxiety? Rapid heart rate, increased sweating, feeling paralyzed by fear, clammy hands and feet, circulating thoughts, disturbed sleep – all of these symptoms can occur when the mind senses a situation to be of danger.

Anxiety Treatment – Prolonged states of anxiety can lead to depletion of the adrenal glands and nervous system and if left untreated depression can develop.  This is why it is so important to target these areas in any anxiety treatment plan.

Home Remedies for Treating Anxiety – Herbal teas can be a fantastic way to calm the nervous system. The herbs themselves have therapeutic effects but also the action of taking time out to sit quietly and drink a warm drink is beneficial. Passion Flower, Lemon Balm, Lavender and Licorice Root are all delicious tasting herbal teas and help to calm the nervous system as well.

Epsom salt baths with a few drops of lavender essential oil provides the body with magnesium. Magnesium is needed by the nervous system and adrenal glands for proper function and also aids in muscle relaxation.

Massaging the soles of the feet with oil after bathing helps to bring the awareness out of the head and down through the body and into the feet, creating a sense of grounding.

Eating warm foods calms the air element in the body which when out of balance can disturb the mind and increase anxiety. So no more foods and drinks from the fridge and steamed vegetables are better than salads.

And finally your gut health! It always comes back to the gut. There is a link between the gut and the brain via the nervous system. So when your digestive health is under par this can negatively effect your mental health. Ensuring that you have healthy bowel motions everyday will literally help make your mood improve! Probiotics and pre biotic foods are fantastic for this and also eating foods such as bone broths that nourish and support the gut lining will assist in improved gut function.

To truly find the root cause of your anxiety and treat it holistically the help of a qualified herbalist is highly recommended. Call us today to chat about your symptoms!