Alternatives to anxiety 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
- Dry mouth
- Nervousness, agitation or restlessness
- 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
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.
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.
Taking time out each day to meditate has been said to improve anxiety levels 60% of the time. Keeping up with meditation for 6 months or longer may help manage to reduce those anxiety levels for the long term.
I use the Headspace app, 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
What we put into our bodies really can affect how we feel. Alternatives to anxiety medication can even be food. Some foods to add to your diet to help beat the unease could be:
- Dark chocolate
- Brazil nuts
- Pumpkin seeds
Cannabidiol has long been used to treat symptoms of gut wrenching worry. It is thought to increase the prefrontal cortex activation which then lowers activity in the amygdala. This is a set of neurons which plays a massive part in our emotions.
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.
Skip the coffee
Caffeine is a stimulant. Ever had one too many coffees in a day and felt jittery and sick? This is going to heighten your feelings. Try a herbal tea, decaff or just a nice cold glass of water.
St John’s Wort
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.
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.”
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.
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