How to treat anxiety without medication
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a neurological disorder that appears as nervousness or a fixation on the uncertainty of the future – both near and far. It is very common and can be debilitating. Anxiety is especially challenging when there is a large upcoming challenge or task needing attention or completion. Granted, many of us experience a small amount of anxiety and stress over upcoming projects or looming deadlines. But for those suffering from true anxiety, deadlines or projects often cause a loss of sleep, rapid heart rate, trouble focusing, and a sense of panic making it impossible to complete any other task with a mind dominated by the uncertainty of what is to come.
What makes anxiety so debilitating is that it often comes with a side of depression. Depression, while easily treated, can often be understood as an over-reaction in displeasure, often regret, about that which has occurred in the past and the results being felt now from them.
Anxiety and Inflammation
With so many suffering from either of these or both of these disorders, there is one other concern raised; the correlation between anxiety and inflammation. There is an alarmingly high increase in inflammation in the body and the brain when we suffer from depression or anxiety.
It is critical that inflammation does not get out of hand – especially inflammation of the brain. Within the brain there are two types of fatty acids – DHA and EPA. DHA stands to docosahexaenoic acid and EPA stands for eicosapentaenoic acid. These two fatty acids are collectively responsible for keeping inflammation down and maintaining the structural makeup up of the brain.
- Omega 3
Recent studies indicate that Omega-3 has more of a relationship with anxiety and depression than previously thought. Studies show that higher levels of EPA can reduce anxiety as well as depression. Numerous facts show a lower level of depression and anxiety in areas where consumption of fish is high. Omega-3 (specifically EPA) has been proven to lower inflammation and the side effects of it such as anxiety or depression. One other benefit of Omega-3 as it related to anxiety and depression is that consuming Omega-3 will lead to a reduction in stress. Omega-3 has the capability to make us more resilient to stress as well as provide a regulation of our moods.
As a natural stress reliever, exercise is often prescribed as a natural treatment for anxiety and depression. Physical activity releases endorphins in the brain, causing a “happy” sensation. Studies have shown that in order to reel a reduction in stress and anxiety, you need to elevate your heart rate for 21 minutes.
- Drink Tea
Sitting down and having a hot cup of tea isn’t just relaxing, it is proven to treat anxiety. Specifically, the compounds found in chamomile tea and green tea. Not a fan of tea? You can take a supplement that contains the same beneficial compounds of L-theanine and Apigenin found in tea. Kyani Sunrise is a great source of these amino acids as well as many other beneficial nutrients.
- Deep Breaths
When you feel panicked, “taking a deep breath” is a great idea. Whether it is during a yoga class or just in the moment, taking a deep breath through your nose, holding it in, and then slowly exhaling through your mouth provides a calming effect to the mind.