How to deal with anxiety... without popping a pill
Sure, it's easy to treat anxiety and depression with a pill, but it's always best to see if natural remedies work before you go with the whole ingesting-chemicals route. Here's four natural, alternative ways that will work to treat your mental health issues.
1. Try breath work
It's amazing what breath can do for both depression and anxiety. If you think about it when you feel a certain emotion, your breathing pattern changes. For example, when you are scared, your breath becomes rapid and short. The idea behind utilising your breath to elicit a certain emotion is that if you slow, steady, and deepen your breath, you will essentially invoke the corresponding mood.
For starters, try a yogic 3 part breath (Dirga pranayama) where you deepen the breath, bring the breath to your belly, then up to your ribcage, and lastly to your chest on you inhale. When you exhale, release the breath in the opposite way, so empty your chest, your ribcage, and finally empty the breath from your belly.
2. Eat healthy fats
Research now indicates that 90% of the neurotransmitters created in your gut affect your mood. Hence the saying 'your gut is your second brain.'
Creating a healthy gut flora may be the key to reducing depression and anxiety. You can manipulate your diet to increase probiotics (to ensure healthy gut flora) and eat foods that boost serotonin, which is the chemical produced by the body that acts as a neurotransmitter. This can be done by increasing foods in healthy fats, especially those with Omega-3 fatty acids, increase your levels of protein as well as folic acid.
3. Take natural herb supplementation
Research indicates that Curcumin/Turmeric works better than antidepressants to mitigate depression. Try Fermentanicals Fermented Turmeric, the fermentation provides a healthy dose of good bacteria helping your gut as well as metabolising the Curcumin found in the Turmeric by essentially pre-digesting it. This makes it more bioavailable as Turmeric is traditionally a hard herb for your body to digest.
4. Avoid ingesting triggers
Some drinks and foods, like caffeine or large amounts of sugar, make symptoms of depression and anxiety rose. It's easier said than done, of course, but the two are stimulants and can ramp up those anxious nerves. They also reduce the levels of serotonin in your body.