It’s easy to say, stop. Take a deep breath and relax. When your mind gets disoriented, and your panic bells go blaring, what’s to stop you from being anxious? Written prescriptions like anxiolytic drugs (alprazolam, clonazepan, and lorazepam) look like a bleak resort. These drugs, categorized benzodiazepines, may bring about severe withdrawal symptoms. Plus, who likes taking medications? Sometimes, you may want to just ride the panic train than get benzodiazepine.
Here’s a better solution for you. We list 8 sure fire ways to calm your strung nerves.
Taking a deep breath may sound easy. But, did you notice that once panic sets in, your breathing already becomes shallow? In times of stress, remember to inhale and exhale longer. Inhale, hold for a second, exhale. Ideally, you should do it for five times. Closing your eyes helps to as it stimulates the brain to reach alpha brain waves.
California Poppy Extract
An herbal anxiolytic, this sleep inducing herb contains Eschscholzia californica, an active compound that promotes the release of catecholamines in the brain to lift up your mood. California poppy extract is widely available in most health food stores.
Just a waft of the lavender’s essence is sure to induce a relaxing feeling. Keep a bottle of lavender in your bag or purse, if possible. Not a fan of scents? You may opt to just take a calming sip of lavender tea.
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) hails from the mint family. Like mint, lemon balm delivers benefits for those suffering from gas, vomiting, bloating, indigestion, colic and general belly aches. What’s great about this herb is its added benefit of improving focus and attention. In fact, some doctors are advocating the use of lemon balm for Alzheimer’s disease and Grave’s disease to manage overactive thyroid. If you don’t want to take it as supplement, simply purchase lemon balm essential oil and take a whiff.
Naturally sourced from leafy greens and edible seaweeds, magnesium may help postmenopausal women suffering from anxiety, mood swings and nervous tension, as shown in a study. Another research shows that low magnesium levels and depressed feelings are correlated. If you wish to take magnesium supplements, clinical trials have demonstrated that magnesium threonate is easily transported in the brain tissue.
Rescue Remedy blends a potent mix of 5 flower extracts. One of its active ingredients is Star of Bethlehem, which aids to alleviate trauma or shock. Check your local health store and try it.
Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) promotes undisturbed sleep, eases anxiety and decreases the chances of having seizures. It may increase the levels of gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain and stimulate a relaxing effect. On its own, passionflower may not be potent enough. But, its soothing effects may be complemented by the use of valerian or lemon balm. Recent studies show that individuals suffering from generalized anxiety disorder have benefited from the use of passionflower whose actions are as effective as oxazepam, a benzodiazepine.