Havin anxiety can greatly impact your life and your ability to live. Small moments seem big and big moments seem unbearable. No one wants to live each day with a knot in their chest and their heart feeling like it is going to give out, but nearly 40 million adult Americans suffer from some level of anxiety. When looking for alternatives or supplemental care for your anxiety, consider these five things that you may not have known could reduce your anxiety level or help to improve your general mood.
- Natural Sun
Just 15 minutes under in the sun can drastically improve levels of vitamin D in your body. Vitamin D is an important vitamin that controls mood levels, even those affecting a person’s anxiety or depression. Try as best as you can to get out for at least 15 minutes a day or a few times a day for at least 15 minutes at a time. Sit outside during your lunch break or park in the back of the parking lot to give you a chance to soak up some rays as you walk into the store.
Exercise allows the body and the brain to better cope when faced with stressors. Studies have shown that even something as light as a 10-minute walk can elevate a person’s mood. Go for a walk, a hike in the woods or anything you are comfortable doing physically.
Lavender is one of the most well-known plants with calming and relaxing properties. Lavender scents, lotions and oils are sold and used every day by millions of Americans. Get a massage with lavender essential oils for an increase in your mood, better concentration, and reduced anxiety.
Chamomile is well known for its calming effects. Studies have linked the consumption of chamomile to a number of health benefits including improved cardiovascular and immune system health. Chamomile is also used in capsules and in tea to reduce anxiety.
Omega-3’s are polyunsaturated fatty acids, or “good fats” that our body needs (it is not produced by the body) for proper function. Omega-3’s are commonly found in fish and nuts, and have been proven to lower risk of heart disease, depression, dementia, and arthritis. Omega-3’s also affects the production of serotonin, adrenaline, and cortisol. Abnormal levels of these chemicals in the body can product anxiety or mood disorders.