Anxiety and stress can often plague our daily routines. Stressors are everywhere, and although some sufferers cannot really pinpoint the exact cause of their anxiety, the triggers are most commonly found in the environment we move around in. For some adults, work and family life are just some of the triggers of anxiety; for children and teen, school and an unstable home life. But whatever the cause is, when diagnosed, most physicians would prescribe pharmaceutical drugs to help combat the symptoms.
Although most drugs are considered safe and effective, dependency and possible adverse reactions to such drugs remain a concern. If you or a family member is diagnosed with anxiety and would like to try the alternative route, then you are in luck. For centuries now, alternative herbs and techniques have been used as successful anxiety treatments. Here are just a few of the most common and effective.
There are many available herbs that can help alleviate symptoms of anxiety. Some are widely used while others need clearance from the Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD). But one of the herbs that has been popularly used is the lemon balm. It has been recorded as being widely used by Arab healers in the eleventh century. It was also used by ancient Greek and Roman, and even up to the Middle Ages. Lemon balm is known to improve mood, boost alertness, invite calmness, and enhance sleep. It is most commonly taken in the form of tea.
Nowadays, aromatherapy comes in many forms. It can refer to adding plant essential oils to baths or massage oils or using infusers and incense sticks that diffuse the scents in the air. For aromatherapy baths, it is best to do it in the evening, before bedtime. This can help relax the senses and promote better sleep. Massages can also give a double dose of treatment by adding aromatic essential oils. Some common relaxing scents are lavender, bergamot, ylang-ylang, cypress, sandalwood, geranium, rose, jasmine, neroli, and Melissa. One or a blend of two or more scents can be used to help relax the senses.
Some physicians recommend relaxation techniques to help manage anxiety. These techniques include yoga, biofeedback, breathing exercises, meditation, and tai chi. All these focus on controlling one’s bodily functions. The person is taught how to control breathing as well as heartbeat. If you are not sure what technique to use, you can always try all the techniques and choose the one that works best or produces results.
A massage can be very therapeutic. Not only does it help relax tense muscles, but the strokes can also be truly relaxing. There are many forms of massages, including Thai, Swedish, and Shiatsu. Which form to use will depend on one’s preference. There are those that prefer the rough and joint-popping Thai massage, while others like the soothing Swedish touch. Whatever type of massage one prefers, they all promote relaxation and better sleep. And when used in conjunction with aromatherapy-infused massage oils, the effect can be immensely tranquil.
All these alternative techniques of managing stress and anxiety can be used together and in conjunction with each other, or on their own. There is still the tricky part of choosing the right technique. But it all comes down to one’s choice and comfort in using the techniques.