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When dealing with anxiety and panic attacks, you need to remember that you’re not the only suffering from such episodes. We all have moments in our life where we get upset, worried, or anxious over certain issues. It can be about love, family, health, career, or money that we are concerned about and our emotions soon become the better of us. For individuals experiencing this situation, the first thing that comes to their minds is to take medication and seek professional help.
Although it is indeed a good idea to consult a doctor to know whether you have a condition or simply experiencing more stress than usual, it is important for you to know that there are many safe remedies to ease your anxieties. From simple mind-body techniques to natural food supplements, you won’t have to rely heavily on medications to get rid of panic attacks that can be detrimental to your overall health if experienced often.
Some of these treatments offer instant relief, while some can help lessen your anxiety over a certain period of time.
Chamomile – If at a crucial time, your jitters are starting to get the better of you, a cup of chamomile tea is just the thing you need to calm down. There are compounds in chamomile, specifically apigenin, luteolin, and bisabolol that reportedly help relax blood vessels and smooth muscle fibers.
Green tea – An amino acid found in green tea, which is called L-theanine, aids in curbing an increasing heart rate and blood pressure. Make sure, however, that you drink at least five cups throughout the day to get the desired effect. Green tea is also attributed to Japanese Buddhist monks’ incredible concentration, as they can meditate for many hours while staying alert and relaxed.
Valerian – While there are some herbal supplements that reduce anxiety without making you feel drowsy, there are some that help you treat anxieties by making a person sleep. Let’s face it, sometimes all you need is to doze off for a few minutes to a couple of hours. You’ll wake up energized and devoid of those unwanted panic attacks that’s keeping you from being productive.
Usually taken as a capsule or a tincture, always remember to take it in the evening before you sleep and not before going to work or you’ll end up explaining to your boss why you dozed off in the office.Please note, however, that if you would like to take sedatives, make sure you consult with your doctor first. This is especially important if you are taking medications of any sort.
Breathing Exercises – One of the most effective and natural ways to ease any form of anxiety attacks is to practice proper breathing techniques. Yoga breathing exercises in particular has been reported to be extra helpful in lowering stress and minimizing feelings of anxiety. Deep breathing helps tackle one crucial symptom of panic attacks, which is short, rapid breathing. Once you start breathing deeply, your anxiety will come to a stop because they cannot occur at the same time.
- Avoid Hunger – During an anxiety attack, one of the most common reasons is that blood sugar levels are dropping. The best way to solve this is to have a quick snack, such as a handful of walnuts or a small block of dark chocolate. You can pair this with a glass of water or a warm cup of tea.
Like many other instances where health is involved, proper diet is also the key to reducing anxiety. Eat plenty of grains, meat, seafood, plenty of leafy greens (such as kale), and generous amounts of food with phytonutrients to help reduce the occurrence of future anxiety attacks.