Stress and anxiety seem to be reaching all-time highs at the moment. The number of adults living in the UK with a diagnosed mental health condition has shot up over the last two decades. And the trends don’t look like they will reverse any time soon.
Good news, though. There are plenty of natural remedies we can all use to improve our mental health without harming the environment. Check them out below.
Go For A Walk (Or Jog)
Being cooped up in the house all day long is enough to drive anyone mad. But there’s now good evidence to suggest that regular exercise works as well as medication for conditions such as anxiety. What’s more, when you choose physical movement to solve your problems, you’re avoiding the use of drugs that could find their way into the water supply.
What we eat is critical for our overall well being. But so too is what we smell. It turns out that our brains are exceptionally attuned to our olfactory perceptions. So when we detect certain chemicals hitting the back of our nostrils, it changes our brain state.
If you struggle with stress and anxiety, try adding some lavender essential oil to your diffuser. Lavender has a track record of helping people relax, boosting their mood and reducing their heart rate. Other essential oils that reduce anxiety include clary sage, grapefruit, and bergamot.
Try Drinking Chamomile Tea
Are your stress and anxiety preventing you from sleeping? If so, you might want to try drinking some chamomile tea. Research shows that parts of the chamomile plant reduce stress centres in the brain and calms frayed nerves.
Get More Sleep
When it comes to stress and anxiety, sleep is your secret weapon. But feeling anxious can actually prevent you from getting shut-eye in the first place. People with insomnia, for instance, find it hard to drift off because they are running through events in their minds.
You can, however, increase your chances of getting a restful night’s sleep by only sleeping at night when you’re actually tired. Another strategy is to make sure that your bedroom is dark and cool in the evening (as we tend to sleep better when the temperature is lower). You can also try writing down all the things that are making you worried in a journal before your head hits the sack. This way, you can pass your concerns over to “something else.”
Eat A Healthy Diet
What you eat also has an effect on your stress levels. Diets centred around fast food and sugar tend to increase feelings of anxiety, while those based on whole plant foods tend to lower them.
Eating a healthy diet is actually a lot easier than you might think. Essentially, it just means eating food “as it comes out of the ground or off the tree.”
So instead of eating apple sauce, just eat the whole apple. Avoid refined foods or those fried in oils. And try to increase consumption of anti-inflammatory foods, like walnuts, to improve your mood.