That anxious, tight stomach feeling is no joke, and we feel your pain! We have found that some anxiety medications have unpleasant side effects so we’re going to take a look at how we help ease our own anxiety.
There is a whole list of medications and methods that can be used when it comes to treating generalized anxiety disorder. We have tried and tested alternatives to anxiety medication and we will share what we thought of them.
- 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
- Dependency on drugs (in case of Benzodiazepines)
While we know that sometimes meds are the only way, we wanted to see if there were some alternatives to anxiety medication that could help.
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 we love for our anxiety
Here are a few home remedies for anxiety we have tried and tested.
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
What I put into my body really can affect how I 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:
- Dark chocolate
- Brazil nuts (contain vitamin E)
- Fatty fish (containing omega 3 fatty acids)
- Pumpkin seeds (contain zinc)
- Eggs (contain zinc in their yolks)
- Turmeric containing Curcumin
Published researches are cited with each option to prove the authenticity and credibility of our stance.
Get some sleep
Everything is harder when I am tired. Decisions are harder, emotions are off and my food choices go out the window. For me, getting a good amount of shut-eye may well be the cure to those daily worries.
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? I know too much coffee is going to heighten my feelings. Instead, I try herbal tea, decaf 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. 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.
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, for me, they also act as an alternative to anxiety medication.
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