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If you're someone hoping to avoid chemical solutions and find natural remedies for your anxiety problems, there's good news. There are remedies available from plenty of different everyday sources.



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If you suffer from anxiety, there are some simple and natural remedies you can try to help ease the symptoms. Image credit: Johanna Croft/sxc.hu


While natural remedies for anxiety can be a great choice, particularly herbal ones, you shouldn't try expensive options before you change your behaviour a little. You might be surprised that one of the most effective natural remedies for anxiety is getting the right amount of sleep.

Recharge your body as much as possible. It really is that simple. This natural remedy for anxiety is based on simply allowing your body to recharge itself fully. When we sleep, our bodies make repairs to damaged cells, healing itself from wear and tear on our immune system, and reduce fatigue.



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Spending more time in bed (when you can) can be a great way to reduce stress and anxiety. Image credit:DDrccl/sxc.hu


If you're not getting enough sleep, your body can't heal properly. That means a chemical imbalance that leads to stress and unhappiness. If you're feeling a lot of anxiety, maybe what you need is more sleep!

Other natural remedies for anxiety include eating a good quality, balanced diet, with supplements if required. Stress and anxiety can be exacerbated by a poor diet and vitamin deficiencies. Did you know that if you aren't getting enough of the B vitamin family, you could be feeling more anxious and having mood problems? Simply increasing your intake of the right B vitamins could be the natural remedy for anxiety that you've been looking for.

Foods that contain high levels of vitamin B (to avoid taking supplements) include shellfish, leafy green vegetables like spinach and kale, and bananas.



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Increasing vitamin B (bananas are full of B6) can sometimes do the trick. Image credit:Melting Dog/sxc.hu


Siberian ginseng is another popular natural remedy for anxiety that is thought to help boost the adrenal glands. This can help control the flow of adrenaline. Having the right amount of adrenaline in your system will help you respond appropriately to real stresses rather than getting worked up over trifles.

Also used for depression, a popular natural remedy for anxiety is St. John's Wort. This herb can help you have fewer panic attacks and make the ones you have less severe. There are some behavioral elements to natural remedies for anxiety, too. For instance, simply learning to breathe deeply and correctly can calm you down and bring you out of a problematic panic attack.

Meditation is a popular and effective natural remedy for anxiety well worth trying. Combine it with a vacation that gets you away from your everyday stresses to reduce your problems.



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Meditation can do the trick in lowering your stress levels and in turn your anxiety. Image credit: Alex Bramwell/sxc.hu


Meditation can also be just taking time out to have a moment of quiet where you can reflect. Many people get this through meditation or yoga, but others get it through journal writing and reflection, prayer, going for a solo run, or even simply putting on headphones and tuning into your favorite music for a short while.

You might even want to explore your personal beliefs, since spirituality is an effective natural remedy for anxiety. Of course, talking with a good counselor or therapist to work through your stresses can also be important.

There are plenty of natural remedies for anxiety that you might want to check out if you don't think you're ready for conventional medication, and the good news is that most of them won't cost a thing and can significantly improve your health. Turning to prescription medication for many is understandably a final resort only after exhausting other options. Give these a try and see if they assist you.

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