Chronic anxiety makes your thoughts race. Your stomach feels like it’s full of bees.
Your chest is tight. You worry all the time. You can’t sleep.
And unlike normal, occasional anxiety, chronic anxiety is with you all the time. Like an in-law who’s moved in and is always sitting in your favorite chair. It just won’t go away.
Even worse, the higher your anxiety level climbs, the higher your chance of suffering a stroke goes too. In fact, according to researchers, your risk can soar to a THIRD higher than the rest of us.
In other words, getting a grip on your anxiety could be a matter of life and death.
Beware of your doctor’s prescription pad
Anti-anxiety medications are the most prescribed drugs in America right now. But they could come at a hefty cost.
A recent study revealed that folks who take them are 36 percent more likely to DIE than people who don’t use them.
It wasn’t the kind of study designed to show a direct cause and effect relationship. But the link is still shocking. And it gets even worse.
Researchers have found that seniors taking benzodiazepine anxiety drugs such as Valium and Xanax for anxiety and insomnia could be DOUBLING their Alzheimer’s risk. And that’s in just six short months.
Other side effects of these drugs include drowsiness, nausea, diarrhea, headache, sexual problems, agitation, dizziness, dry mouth, insomnia, and blurred vision.
And they can be particularly dangerous for seniors who risk everything from confusion to fatal falls when they take them.
Natural anti-anxiety solutions without side effects
So before you fill that prescription try these solutions instead…
1. Kick the caffeine:
You should know by now I don’t have anything against caffeine. Caffeinated coffee and tea can come with some big health benefits. But if you suffer from anxiety, kicking caffeine could help.
Try cutting back on the caffeine. Switch to caffeine-free herbal teas. And opt for decaf coffee for the time being to see how you feel.
Research shows folks who are prone to anxiety and who drink a lot of caffeinated drinks often have far worse symptoms. Caffeine can make them feel more easily startled, worried, and restless.
And folks who have panic disorders or social anxiety are often hypersensitive to caffeine as well.
So limit your caffeinated drinks to no more than one small serving a day. (Feel free to continue to indulge in dark chocolate from time to time, which is loaded with stress-soothing magnesium.)
If you don’t notice a drop in your anxiety levels after a couple of weeks, you can slowly reintroduce more caffeine again.
There’s no doubt about it, the moniker ashwagandha is a mouthful. But it’s worth wrapping your tongue around this potent herb’s name because it’s an ancient herbal antidote for anxiety.
Ashwagandha can help lower the excess stress hormones that cause you to feel anxious and burned out. Which means it’s easier to relax and you can sleep better at night.
Plus, because it’s an adaptogen, it does double duty and gives you more energy too. And for someone who is exhausted from day-in-day-out anxiety that natural boost can be a real godsend.
3. Root replaces Xanax and Valium:
Imagine feeling your stress and worries melt away. Your tight muscles are finally relaxing. And you fall into a deep, restful sleep night after night.
That’s what GABA, an amino acid, can do for your burned out, anxious body and mind.
Both Xanax and Valium work by stimulating GABA production. But they both come with dangerous side effects and can be addictive. But all-natural valerian root can trigger your body to produce GABA without the dangers.
Studies show valerian offers natural support to beat insomnia, nervous tension, and anxiety. Just be sure to take it when you are at home and ready to relax. Because just like Valium it can make you too tired to drive or do other potentially dangerous activities safely.
4. Heat it up:
Ever sit in a sauna, hot tub, or just a hot bath and feel yourself relax immediately?
That’s not your imagination. One recent study found that folks often feel their anxiety disappear after spending time in a sauna.
Other research backs this up. Warming your body up can help balance your serotonin levels—an essential neurotransmitter—helping fight anxiety and lifting your mood.
Before you resort to risky anti-anxiety drugs, try one of these four proven-safe solutions. They could be the answer to relieving YOUR anxiety.
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