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Natural Ways to Fight Anxiety Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problem faced by Americans today, affecting at least in every five, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. While drugs that treat these conditions are typically important component managing them, there are also plenty of natural, do-it-yourself methods that can help. Whenever you’re feeling over the edge, try any of the following: 1. Laugh about it. Get a good sense of humor and learn to laugh things off. Even a fake laugh will give you an instant dopamine boost. Dopamine is the brain chemical behind our feelings of reward and pleasure. If you’re too anxious to laugh on your own, take advantage of technology. For example, download a a laugh track app on your phone. According to studies, the mere anticipation of a mirthful laugh reduces your cortisol (stress hormone) levels significantly.
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2. Schedule your relaxation.
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Sit down and look at your schedule. However busy your current schedule is, block off at least half an hour for relaxation. Maybe you can take a walk, meditate or do some tai chi – whatever floats your boat. Studies found that men who were suffering from social anxiety felt relieved after a few moments of relaxation, reducing their heart rates following interaction with people. 3. Take GABA supplements. GABA supplements, which you can buy from online and offline health food stores, are helpful in reducing anxiety. An acronym for gamma-aminobutyric acid, GABA is a neurotransmitter that neutralizes the excitability-increasing effects of another neurotransmitter known as glutamate. Remember though that supplements such as GABA can interact with medications you may be currently on, so do check in with your doctor before taking some. 4. Smell some lavender. Research says lavender essential oil is effective for calming nerves. Just put a drop of it on you collarbone and enjoy the scent wafting up. Or, rub it very gently on your temple. You’ll find the smell absolutely relaxing. 5. Distract your mind. When anxiety hits you, “ground” yourself. Rub your fingers against your comb. Hold any object in your hand, maybe an ice cube for as long as you can take the cold. What’s the point of this? Your brain can’t serve two masters at the same time. The “grounding” feeling distracts you from your anxious feelings. Your mind will move from those negative, racing thoughts to that cold ice cube in your hand. 6. Confront your fears. Whatever makes you scared, confront it. If you’re shy, party a little. If you find clowns terrifying, check them out at the circus. Every time you worry about what happens — like going to a party and not talking to anyone — your anxiety only worsens. You’re actually worrying over an uncertainty, and uncertainty will always be part of life. Exposure therapy, or facing the fear, can help you overcome it.