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7 natural anxiety treatment options



Are you looking for some natural ways to reduce your anxiety? Hate popping a pill every time you get anxious?

You are not alone. While medication can certainly provide symptomatic relief, especially during initial days, you will be much better off in the long-term if you are able to find a natural anxiety treatment option that works for you.

Below are few ideas for dealing with anxiety naturally:

1. warm oil massage

When you are anxious your muscles tighten. So relaxing those muscles follows as a natural way to reduce the uneasiness felt during anxiety. And what better way to accomplish that than a physical massage?

Certain oils are known for the relaxing effect they can have on our body. The most popular one is sesame oil, so get a sesame oil massage if you can. A sunflower oil massage, or even a coconut oil massage can help reduce your muscle tension and relieve you of your anxiety symptoms.


2. Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy uses essential oils to relieve anxiety and promote relaxation. You can add a drop or two to your massage oil or to your warm bath. Lavender is the most common relaxing blend used for this purpose, but other popular ones are Sandalwood, Jasmine and Rose oils.

3. Acupuncture

This is the Chinese practice of inserting needles at specific pressure points in our body, to ease the tension felt at those points. This method is also suggested by the Anxiety Disorders Association of America as an alternative cure for anxiety.


4. Mild Physical Activity

If you are up for it, mild-to-moderate physical activity can not only help get your mind away from it for a while, but also releases hormones in your body that counter the negative effects of anxiety.

Something as simple as brisk walking, or a little bit more rigorous like cycling or swimming can help. Make sure you do the activity for at least 20 minutes before you start to feel better.

5. Relaxation Techniques

It is by now common knowledge the effect relaxation techniques can have on an anxious mind and a stressed body. Try one of the techniques like yoga, meditation or tai chi, and make it a part of your daily routine.

Even simple breathing exercises like slowly inhaling through the nose, holding it in for a few seconds before slowly exhaling through the mouth, can help a good deal, especially when done for a few repetitions.

6. Cognitive Principles

There are natural anxiety treatment options that use cognitive principles to effectively and permanently cure your anxiety. You can learn more about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy here.
 

7. Self Hypnosis

Self hypnosis is one more technique that has gained popularity for its anxiety relieving effects. Learn here about how hypnosis can provide anxiety relief.



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