(Golden, Colorado): Our up-and-down and all around weather in Colorado can actually impact your vibe. Whether you struggle with natural day-to-day worries or a clinically diagnosed disorder, you may need support for common anxiety. Conventional treatments like medicine and psychotherapy are popular ways of dealing with anxiety, but there are many natural approaches — including some fairly simple (and perhaps unexpected) lifestyle adjustments that work well with our Colorado lifestyle.
Here are a few of the most common natural remedies for anxiety:
1. Diet: A well-balanced diet is one of the most important and well-known facets of dealing with stress and anxiety. One way to use food to reduce anxiety, according to Harvard Medical School, is to keep blood sugar as stable as possible by replacing simple sugars with complex carbohydrates, which metabolize more slowly. It’s also crucial to drink plenty of water and limit trips to Starbucks and, well booze (especially alone). Both of which can spike anxiety.
You may find increasing minerals like zinc and magnesium helpful too.
2. Supplements: There are certain herbs and vitamins known to support our bodies as they deal with stress. Keep in mind that some herbs can negatively interact with medicines, so please discuss supplements with your doctor. Some of the most common supplements for anxiety include:
- Probiotics: probiotic strains Lactobacillus helveticus and Lactobacillus rhamnosus can have potent effects on mood, particularly stress.
- Ashwagandha: an herb that supports the adrenal glands, for reducing anxiety and managing situational stress.
- Passionflower: can be an effective treatment for anxiety. It can, however, cause dizziness and drowsiness, so make sure to use it under the supervision of a doctor.
- Chamomile: Studies show that chamomile capsules could help people suffering from mild or moderate generalized anxiety disorder.
3. Exercise: Regular workouts can decrease tension, elevate and stabilize mood, support sleep, and improve self-esteem. Even five minutes of aerobic exercise can stimulate anti-anxiety effects. Yoga can also reduce stress and anxiety because it involves breathing techniques, relaxation, and taming the body’s stress response through a lower heart rate and blood pressure. The great thing about yoga? You can do it anywhere.
4. Music, Meditation & Prayer: This powerful combination can help the body and mind regulate what might be a stress point in your life. A quiet time to begin your daily journey is key. If you struggle with anxiety, seeking the support of a therapist, pastor or a loved one is a great first step, especially if you would like to address the root of what’s causing your anxiety. Music can impact your groove and make you feel good at the same time (you will never tire of that favorite song on the radio).
Lastly, no one is an island. Make time for a nice chat, coffee or phone call with someone you care about daily. It’s called: The best friend method.
Be one to someone you love today, including: yourself!
To learn more about being healthy and happy, tune in daily to hear Jensen Olson from Natural Grocer’s in Golden, Colorado and other daily wellness features from Jenna Metzinger from Jefferson County Public Health, Dr. Michelle Medrano and Dr. Roger Teel from Mile Hi Church in Lakewood.
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