May 14, 2021 3 min read

Are you living with anxiety and looking for natural ways to reduce and maintain your anxiety? There are many ways you can treat your anxiety. From prescription medication to therapy, and natural remedies like CBD. Which remedy works best is different for every person. You may have to try several remedies before finding one that works. 

6 natural remedies for anxiety

CBD

CBD, also known as Cannabidiol has become a very powerful natural remedy for anxiety. New research has shown that CBD can help to reduce anxiety levels. These studies show that CBD can reduce anxiety in those that suffer from social anxiety disorder, PTSD, panic disorder, OCD, and insomnia that is induced by anxiety. CBD is mostly safe, but you have to ensure that it doesn't interact with any medications you are currently taking. You should discuss taking CBD with your doctor prior to taking any. CBD comes in many forms. From gummies to oils, and even bath bombs. 

Exercise

Exercise is a great natural remedy for anxiety. Studies show that exercise is effective at reducing fatigue, improving concentration, and reducing stress.  Walking, running, or lifting weights are all excellent ways to help reduce anxiety. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins which are a feel-good hormone. If exercise isn't something you are currently doing you may want to incorporate it into your daily routine. Find an activity that is enjoyable for you. 

Meditation

While meditation can be difficult, it helps to slow racing thoughts, making it easier to manage anxiety.  If mediation is new to you, find a meditation app and start with just five minutes a day. You can work your way up to 10 minutes of meditation a day. Learning to quiet your mind is a natural way to reduce anxiety.

Cannabis

Washington State University recently published a study about the use of cannabis to reduce anxiety. In the study, the scientists found that smoking cannabis can reduce anxiety in the short term. While smoking cannabis isn't for everyone, and it isn't legal in every state, it can be a great natural remedy for anxiety.  Before trying cannabis, you will want to speak to a reputable dispensary.  The staff at the dispensary can help direct you to which cannabis strains are helpful for anxiety. 

Ashwagandha 

Ashwagandha is an herb that is commonly used to help anxiety. It is often used in Indian cultures and Ayurvedic medicine. The adaptogens in ashwagandha positively affect the hormones that regulate a person's stress response.  Ashwagandha can be taken as a pill or a tincture. In a 60-day study in people with chronic stress, those in the group that supplemented with ashwagandha reported a 69% reduction in anxiety and insomnia, on average.

Lavender

Lavender is another natural remedy that is commonly used for stress and anxiety. Because lavender is so versatile there are lots of ways you can incorporate it into your daily routine. From sprays for linens to teas, and even oil in aromatherapy. Lavender contains terpenes that may produce a calming effect for some people.

While anxiety can seem debilitating at times there is more than just prescription medications out there to manage your anxiety. Natural remedies can be safe and effective in helping reduce or even eliminate the symptoms of anxiety. It is important to ensure that any medications you are currently taking don't interact negatively with natural herbal remedies, CBD, or cannabis. Speaking to a licensed medical provider can help you decide if any of the natural remedies will be right for you.  If you need more information on natural remedies for anxiety, contact Transformative Health.