Post # 1
I’m starting a new post for this even though I know there’s already an anxiety one because I’m not looking for advice for meds, but rather natural options.
I’m dealing with pretty bad anxiety lately. I won’t go into details why but my stress level has been at an all time high for a while and now it’s starting to really hit me. All I want to do is sleep and during the week I find it hard to sleep because I’m already anxious about what the next day has in store for me. I have suffered from anxiety since I was a kid so I know when it’s starting to get bad.
I know I don’t want to take anti-depressants/anxiety pills and I want to avoid Ativan. I feel like I need some other options but I don’t know where to start! Are there any natural routes I can go?
Post # 3
I tried vit d and fish oil, both of which were studied extensively to relieve anxiety. I think mine was just too great to break through. I would live to hear more options, so thanks for posting!
Post # 4
Oh, I was also told to try acupuncture but my insurance wouldn’t cover unless it was for pain, so you might want to try that?
Post # 5
@WillyNilly: I’ve heard of that too… but I have a giant needle phobia so I don’t think I could bring myself to do it though.
I already take vit D in the winter, but not fish oil. I’ll try that too. Thanks!
Post # 6
Have you thought about trying counseling so that you can discuss your anxiety triggers and learn coping skills/relaxation techniques?
Post # 7
I struggle with anxiety, too. Mine is related to public speaking, but I think what I did could help you, too. I bought these 2 CDs:
and honestly, it really helped me. I particularly like the relaxation techniques tracks… it’s a sort of self-hypnosis ritual that they teach you to do. It REALLY helped me to relax. The CDs give you the tools to calm yourself down, without having to rely on a drug or anything else external.
Check it out if you want… there are other CDs besides the one I’m recommending, too.
Post # 8
@stillme: Thank you! I think I’m going to order this
@SweetDeeReynolds: I just made an appointment to see someone on Friday… I did do it a few years ago when I was scared of flying and it did help so hopefully this helps this time too! I think I need help with relaxing more than anything.
Thanks for all the responses ladies!
Post # 9
I would be interested if anyone suggests any other things… I am in the same boat as the OP.
Post # 10
Commenting so I can keep track of this thread.
Post # 11
This is a great program too….I suffer from anxiety and panic attacks and this has made a HUGE difference. It’s a weekly progrm, and they also have boards to help get you through!
Post # 12
My SO has anxiety/depression issues and weve found that keeping him on a vitamin regimen makes a huge difference. He takes this, I can tell when he misses a day because he is more anxious and his mood is less stable.
Post # 13
Every morning and before bed I take 5-HTP and St Johns Wort. This helps greatly.
Then during particularly difficult times I take Passionflower which helps calm frayed nerves and terrible butterflies in the tummy.
And I know no one wants to hear this one…and even I can’t take my own advice sometimes…but exercise is amazingly powerful with combatting anxiety and depression. Never in my life have I felt better than when I was working out regularly. Just 20 mins a day 5 days a week of intense exercise does it.
Post # 14
@deucesarewild1: I agree with this. The happiest and most stress free I have ever been in my life was when I was going to the gym 6 days a week.
Post # 15
I have been dealing with anxiety in one way or another pretty much all of my life; there are three things that have kept my anxiety almost completely under control.
1. Counseling- It has given me many breathing, meditation, and positive affirmation techniques that have helped me probably more than anything else. It also helped me deal with some issues I hadn’t really dealt with that had really been contributing to my anxiety.
2. Exercise- This is barely second to counseling for me. I HAVE to exercise regularly. If I don’t I can literally feel the anxiety creeping back up. Even just 15 minutes a day. Do not under estimate the feel good power of getting your heart rate up.
3. Chamomile Tea- This is what I use to stop anxiety in the moment. A cup of chamomile tea works really well for me to quickly calm me down without any of the weird groggy side effects that I get from a pill.
I hope these things could help you as well! 🙂
Edit: I also take a multivitamin and fish oil so that may play apart as well
Post # 16
chamomile tea (brew it strong)
lavendar scented anything
this is a big one for me – stop drinking coffee and caffeine!! that makes it 10x worse
good vitamin regimen – vitamin D and B complex help a ton, calcium/magnesium and omega 3