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These days, there are myriad methods to overcoming symptoms like anxiety, stress and pain, and it’s a good thing, because in uncertain times, we see symptoms like these arise far more often. More and more people are taking their treatment into their own hands, researching mindful ways to alleviate the symptoms they feel to live happier, more centered lies with less pain and stress.
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If you’re dealing with something like chronic pain, anxiety or panic, feeling depressed, having trouble sleeping or other symptoms of stress, there are all-natural ways you can employ to help yourself feel better and alleviate those symptoms. Most of them you can do right at home, without much effort (or money) involved.
It’s as simple as making some mindful choices, trying a few remedies, and keeping your body moving.
Explore Natural Remedies
There are several natural remedies that claim to alleviate the symptoms of anxiety, ranging from CBD products to herbal teas like chamomile. Many of these natural remedies have been utilised as traditional treatment options for many years, whilst others are fairly new age techniques. It’s important that you can take some time researching your options before exploring such pathway’s, as well as consulting your health care professional for extra peace of mind. Most natural remedies have far fewer side effects when compared with prescription medication, as the plant based ingredients often carry less risk.
Change Your Diet
Though you may not initially associate your diet with your mental health, the food that you eat can have a direct impact on your emotions and the way that you feel. For example, consuming an excess of caffeine or alcohol can encourage your symptoms to worsen, whilst too much processed sugar can lead to mood swings and more. Choosing to take back control of your diet in order to avoid these trigger foods and drinks can be of real benefit for your mental well-being as well as your overall physical health too, so it’s a brilliant option to explore to help heal and move forward. Opt for a wholefoods diet that’s rich in wholegrains, lean protein and lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, as this way you’re sure to maintain stable levels of energy whilst consuming sufficient vitamins and minerals, too.
Supplements and Vitamins
For many, an all-natural supplement, vitamin, or dietary change can help so much. Talk with your doctor about your symptoms and ask for help determining if you have a deficiency. Remember my low Vitamin D deficiency problem several years ago? My doctor ran a blood test and we discovered the reason why I was literally falling asleep at the dinner table, as soon as sat down at on the couch, etc.
Whether you want to up your mineral or vitamin intake with a multivitamin that includes helpful additions like Omega-3, B12 and magnesium, or want something that targets pain, like cbd. Or if you’re looking for something to alleviate stress the homeopathic way in the form of a drop or tablet, you can find all of these things and more easily. Many great companies like Caduceus Science and others are developing wonderful, all-natural products that can make a huge difference for you, no matter what your symptoms are. Real relief can come in the form of powders and teas, tablets and capsules, drops and gummies, and so much more. A friend of mine wasn’t resting well and she started using melatonin at the suggestion of her medial professional and for the first time had several nights of 6-7 hours of continuous sleep. Her anxiety level has dropped dramatically and she’s back to being her bubbly self again.
In addition to supplements, a good diet is always a great jumping off point. Eating nutritious foods that are full of antioxidants will boost your immune system, give you energy and have you feeling so much better. Avoid trigger foods like lots of sugar at bedtime, sodium-filled foods that cause inflammation, and processed foods that are hard to digest. But do allow yourself the odd treat: that helps with stress too!
Everything in moderation might be a cliche, but it’s a good motto.
Watch out also for foods that you may be adverse to. If you know certain foods can upset your stomach like overly fried or milk products, avoid these. You don’t need the extra anxiety that creeps up with feeling sick and definitely don’t need the extra physical pain either. It’s not worth it! Drinking lots of water, trying to get enough sleep, taking care of your skin and doing activities that you love can also go a long way towards alleviating stress.
And of course: exercise. While it’s true that exercise alone can’t take away your stress or pain, a gentle method of movement, whether it’s biking or yoga or basketball (whatever you’re into), can help you feel better, by releasing endorphins, stretching those muscles and getting your heart pumping. It might not change things overnight, but it will help in so many ways. A friend of mine had some significant feet injuries that caused her to be sedentary and have weight gain. She takes pain medication and her doctor told her either you can have foot pain sitting still and making your health worse, or you can get up and move, lose weight, and have foot pain which will make your health outcome better. She started moving. She’s lost a bunch of weight and is feeling better mentally and physically. If she can exercise with constant foot pain, guess what… you can too! It doesn’t matter what the exercise is, as long as you get out and get moving every single day, not only for your mental health, but your physical well-being. You’ll see the difference.
When all these things are done together – a healthy exercise, good diet, self-care activities, lots of water, and an all natural supplement, remedy or vitamin – you’ll see that your stress levels and even your pain levels could drop. You may not see them disappear entirely, but your levels will become much more manageable and you’ll learn more about your triggers and how to manage symptoms as they arise. It’s worth it to help combating anxiety and pain the natural way.
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