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12 Natural Ways to Ease Anxiety


| 4/21/2016 1:46:42 PM



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Do you worry a lot? Join the club. It’s part of the human genetic makeup, because it can boost chances of survival. Anxiety is more than a feeling — it’s rooted in brain activity. Because anxiety is a natural body process, you can take steps to decrease anxiety levels. Many natural methods provide significant benefits. Here are my favorite.

Tea for You

A nice soothing cup of chamomile tea three times a day seems to reduce anxiety. Research from the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center found benefits over eight weeks. However, people who are sensitive to chamomile’s plant family could develop allergy symptoms. Therefore, the treatment might not be a good choice if you’re allergic to plants such as ragweed, marigolds, daisies and chrysanthemums.

Humor Rumor

Is laughter the best medicine? It helps. Laughter is scientifically proven to lessen anxiety. Laughing — even when it’s forced — releases the brain chemical dopamine, which affects pleasure sensations. Look for ways to add some chuckles to your life, such as funny books, podcasts, TV shows or movies. You can even put a laugh track app on your phone.

Air Care

Belly breathing eases anxious feelings. To practice, put one hand on your stomach, and the other on your chest. Exhale slowly and fully, then pause for a couple of seconds. Push out your stomach, and then slowly breathe in through your nose. Pause when you feel comfortably full of air. Exhale through your mouth, pulling in your stomach. After a slight pause, repeat the process.



Hydrate Date

Make sure you take in sufficient water throughout the day. Your body is seven-tenths water, so you’re stressing it if you’re not well hydrated. The “eight cups of water a day” is outmoded. New research indicates that the best way to make sure you’re getting enough water is to drink it when you’re thirsty. Also, sip a beverage — preferably water — at each meal.



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