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6 Alternative Remedies to Help Reduce Stress and Anxiety

If you’re experiencing stress then my best bet is that you’re not sleeping great either- stress and sleep go hand in hand and affect each other probably way more than you realize. Studies have also shown that people that don’t get enough sleep are likely to be more on the edge and anxious, so it really is a vicious cycle. However, there are things you can do to try and reduce your stress and anxiety, and therefore hopefully get some good sleep.  

Sometimes when you are experiencing something that is making you feel stressed or anxious, you may not feel that it is necessary for you to go and get medication… and this is where these remedies play a role!   

Exercise 

It may not seem like a ‘remedy’ as such but exercise has been found to both lower anxiety and improve sleep. When trying this out, people have reported exercise being a great way to take the mind off your stress and just escape the world for a while. Even if you don’t energy vigorous exercise, it could be something as simple as going for a short walk. Exercise is also likely to tire you out and therefore make it easier for you to sleep- but try not to exercise right before sleep, as it can keep you awake and on over-drive.  Moving your body in the morning or afternoon can help you get your sleeping and waking cycle back on track and also treat insomnia or sleep apnoea. While it may not seem like a remedy, exercise gets your endorphins flowing so get moving!  

 

Chamomile 

Chamomile is a common herbal tea ingredient; some people drink chamomile tea because of the taste but a lot of people find it helps soothe and calm the mind- great for people with stress and anxiety. Research has shown that regularly drinking chamomile tea may reduce symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Chamomile is an herb that comes from the daisy-like flowers of the Asteraceae plant family. It has been consumed for centuries as a natural remedy for several health conditions. To make chamomile tea, the flowers are dried and then infused into hot water. People say that having a Chamomile tea before bed is great to calm the mind and soothe and relax the body.  

CBD 

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a type of cannabinoid, a chemical found naturally in cannabis plants. The use and popularity of CBD to help ease anxiety and promote relaxation have increased in recent years and some studies suggest it can help with everyday stress. Why not check out the delta 8 THC flower? It is available in oils, tinctures, and edibles. While you may not be a fan of the feeling of being ‘high’, a controlled amount has been seen to control anxiety, nerves, and stress.  

Lemon Balm 

This zesty scented herb is actually part of the mint family and is said to promote a feeling of calm. Like lavender and chamomile, lemon balm is also said to encourage restful sleep and is a powerful antioxidant. In a study, Participants who took lemon balm self-reported an increased sense of calmness and reduced feelings of alertness. 

Valerian 

Valerian, native to Europe and North America, has long been used to treat anxiety, stress, muscle tension, and insomnia. It contains valerenic acid and valeranon that help the body relax into a calm state so that sleep can come naturally. Valerian is most commonly used for sleep disorders, often ones that have developed through long-term stress.  

Passionflower 

Similarly, passionflower is recognized for its calming and sedative actions which are effective in helping to combat anxiety, fatigue, and sleep issues. It contains alkaloids, glycosides, and steroids, with alkaloids being the main active ingredient. Passionflower is used for anxiety, including anxiety before surgery. Some people take passionflower for insomnia, stress, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), pain, and many other conditions. 

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