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How to Naturally Relieve Anxiety

The National Institute of Mental Health reports that more than three million people in the United States suffer from one or more forms of anxiety. Many take prescription medications for symptomatic relief. However, there are natural remedies that Columbus at-home care providers might encourage as a welcome alternative.

Green Tea

The American Botanical Council explains that green tea contains the amino acid L-Theanine. Studies demonstrate that the compound reduces blood pressure and heart rate while helping to decrease anxiety levels. 

Choline

The chemical compound is responsible for the development of neurons along with neurotransmitters that affect memory and mood. Low levels are thought to cause anxiety. Choline-rich foods include liver, eggs, legumes, nuts and seeds. 

Passionflower

The herb acts as a natural sedative that some believe is as effective as prescription medications. When insomnia becomes a problem secondary to anxiety or stress, taking the supplement before bed might prove helpful. 

Valerian

Anxiety often causes sleep pattern disruptions. The herb valerian acts as a natural sedative that is taken in capsule or tincture forms before bed. 

Lemon Balm

A double-blind study performed at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle found that 600 milligrams of the mild sedative was effective in calming stress and encouraging cognitive alertness in test subjects. 

Grab a Healthy Snack

Sometimes dips in blood sugar contribute to the onset of an anxiety attack. Nutritionists recommend eating a handful of nuts, a couple of ounces of dark chocolate or a salad made with vitamin-rich dark greens. 

4-7-8 Breath

Dr. Andrew Weil recommends that short of engaging in yoga exercises, anxiety-prone individuals might try the 4-7-8 breath. This exercise requires practitioners to exhale through their mouths, and then inhale slowly through the nose to a count of four. Hold the breath for a count of seven, and slowly exhale to the count of eight. Repeat twice daily or as needed to calm nerves. 

Physical Exercise

Exercise stimulates the brain to release the neurotransmitter dopamine and endorphins, which regulate mood and reduce physical pain. Engaging in a routine workout program or sport for 20 to 30 minutes three times each week additionally improves cardiovascular health and self-esteem.

With help from live-in, hourly, or Columbus respite home care providers like Home Care Assistance, seniors get the mental, emotional, and physical stimulation they need to enjoy overall wellbeing. Our highly trained caregivers work with our clients to ease emotional stress and boost physical wellness in the comfort of home. Learn how our comprehensive services will benefit your loved one by calling (614) 481-8888 today.