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Best alternatives to anxiety medication

This article has been medically reviewed by Doctor Ramlah Tariq FCPS on/gyn, RMP, MBBS, BSc. You can read more about our medical review policy here.

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That anxious, tight stomach feeling is no joke, and we feel your pain! Sadly many anxiety medications have unpleasant side effects so we’re going to take a look at ways you can get off the anti anxiety meds and move on to something natural, like Our Remedy.

There is a whole list of medications and methods that can be used when it comes to treating generalized anxiety disorder. In spite of that, many alternatives to medication are out there. You don’t necessarily need to fill yourself with meds if you don’t want to. 

Some anxiety medication, such as SSRI’s, can have unpleasant side effects. Mayo Clinic reports the following: 

  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea
  • Headache
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness, agitation or restlessness
  • Dizziness
  • Sexual problems, such as reduced sexual desire, difficulty reaching orgasm or inability to maintain an erection (erectile dysfunction)
  • Impact on appetite, leading to weight loss or weight gain
  • Dependency on drugs (in case of Benzodiazepines)

While sometimes it might be necessary to take meds, you might wish to explore other alternatives to anxiety medication first. Or, you may use a complementary remedy, which basically means that it goes alongside medication.

According to a study, alternative and complementary therapies are used more as compared to conventional therapies by people now a days. Another study published in 2013, has shown it to be a better way of treating anxiety disorder as compared to treatment using just medication.

Alternatives to anxiety medication

Home remedies for anxious bouts may help you avoid those side effects. Here are a few we have tried and tested.

Meditate

meditation as an alternative to anxiety meds
Taking time out each day to meditate has been said to improve anxiety levels 60% of the time

Taking time out each day to meditate has been said to improve anxiety levels 60% of the time.

Taking time out each day to meditate has been said to improve anxiety levels up to 60% of the time according to recent stats. Keeping up with meditation for 6 months or longer may help manage to reduce those anxiety levels for the long term. 

There are many researches on effects of meditation for treating anxiety disorders with positive results proving it to be one of the best therapies for anxiety. One of them is done by a team from Harvard showing the credibility and importance of meditation for anxiety.

I use the Headspace app, available both on play store (android) and app store (iOS), which you can pay for, or the free version has a few sleep stories and meditation exercises. Spotify also has some free ones. 

There are also lots of meditation groups popping up in village halls if that’s your bag. They are usually between £5-10 a session. You might learn some good takeaways from it.

Eat a healthy diet

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What you eat directly impacts how you feel

What we put into our bodies really can affect how we feel. According to Harvard Medical School’s published paper, alternatives to anxiety medication can even be food. Some foods to add to your diet to help beat the unease could be:

Published researches are cited with each option to prove the authenticity and credibility of our stance.

Our Remedy oil

alternatives to anti anxiety medication
Cannabidiol has been used for years to treat that gut wrenching worry

Natural oils, such as Our Remedy, have long been used to treat symptoms of gut-wrenching worry. It is thought to increase the prefrontal cortex activation which then targets receptors in the amygdala that link to anxiety. This is a set of neurons which plays a massive part in our emotions. Moreover, it acts on CB receptors that regulate serotonin helping in anxiety relief.

Basically, it gives your serotonin levels a boost. If they’re low, you’re more likely to feel anxious.

According to research, it has potential as a treatment for multiple anxiety disorders but further research is needed. 

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Get some sleep

Everything is harder when you are tired. Decisions are harder, emotions are off and our food choices go out the window. Getting a good amount of shut-eye may well be the cure to those daily worries. If it is the worries that are stopping the sleep, try CBD to help you drift off.

Sleep disturbances and anxiety go hand in hand. A good night sleep can help make things better as proved by this research.

Skip the coffee 

Caffeine is a stimulant proved by researches conducted by American Psychological Association (APA). Ever had one too many coffees in a day and felt jittery and sick? This is going to heighten your feelings. Try herbal tea, decaf or just a nice cold glass of water. 

St John’s Wort 

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St Jons Wort is a natural alternative to anxiety meds

St John’s Wort has been used for years and years to treat mild-anxiety, SAD, low mood and depression.

It is thought to work in a similar way to antidepressant meds. It may increase activity of brain chemicals, including  serotonin and noradrenaline. Both of which help to regulate our mood. READ HERE

One person on the Mind website reviewed the herbal remedy writing “ “When I could no longer take SSRI’s due to side-effects, I tried St John’s wort as an alternative. It has definitely helped with my depression and my mood has lifted quite a lot.”

The clinical trials done on its effectiveness also prove these results.

Relaxation techniques 

There are many ways to naturally relax during anxious times. We have gone into detail about this on our blog “7 ways to reduce stress naturally”. These will help you to manage your stress levels, as well as act as an alternative to anxiety meds.

Have you tried an alternative to anxiety medication that’s worked for you? Message us on the gram and let us know, we’re @itsourremedy

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