Anxiety is one of those things that it seems like the majority of us have dealt with in our lives, but people are only just starting to feel comfortable talking about it. It’s been a constant presence for some of us for years, but only recently has it been a widely-discussed affliction. The new discourse around anxiety and anxiety disorders is a good thing, as not only are we being more open about our struggles and raising awareness, but the openness surrounding these mental health struggles is allowing an influx of products on the market to help combat those anxious feelings.
Many people have taken to all-natural supplements, herbal remedies, and dietary changes to help combat their anxiety. While all of these are definitely not created equal, there are a few all-natural (and frugal!) ways to help alleviate anxiety symptoms in people.
Of course, as with any mental illness or disorder, it’s always advisable to speak to your doctor first and foremost. You’ll want to sit down with them and talk about what you’re dealing with, any symptoms, and get a diagnosis as to what you’re dealing with. Some people must manage their anxiety with medication; please listen to your doctor and heed their advice on the best course of treatment.
We’ve laid out a few of the best natural and affordable ways to help alleviate anxiety below.
These are all the rage lately, so you’ve no doubt heard of them. Weighted blankets are usually weighed down with beads or other types of weighted filler that give you the feeling of being hugged or held safely in place. They have proven to be a godsend for people with anxiety, insomnia, and even for people with autism or ADHD who experience bothersome symptoms. They provide a comforting, secure feeling of being “held” that allows you to relax and remain calm.
Weighted blankets used to be rather pricey, but as they’ve become popular, tons of different versions have appeared on the market and they are often really affordable; on holidays and peak times you may even find them on sale. Blankets come in a variety of colors, styles, and sizes, and even different weights according to your preferences.
For those with anxiety, it can be a daunting prospect to consider getting in the car and driving to a therapist’s office (especially if you have social anxiety). You may worry about how you’ll fit it into your schedule. How you’ll pay for it (with or without insurance, therapy can be expensive). What if you don’t mesh with your therapist? These are all valid concerns.
In recent years, “online therapy” has become a popular alternative to in-person therapy, and it’s no surprise since pretty much everything can be done online these days. What is surprising, though, is that online therapy is often quite affordable and has shown to give real benefits to people with anxiety. Just a quick video chat can make all the difference, and since it’s online, it’s easier for you to control.
Oils and Supplements
Essential oils are another hugely popular trend at the moment. A quick disclaimer, here: not all essential oils and their treatments are created equal. We’d strongly advise against taking essential oils for any serious medical ailment and always speak to a doctor before ingesting essential oils, especially for a medical condition. Research your oils extensively before using and make sure you buy a reputable brand – there are fakes out there.
However, essential oils can help a variety of anxiety issues, when used responsibly. A drop or two of lavender oil mixed with eucalyptus and/or lemon, applied to the top of the head or to the temples, can help you feel calm and relaxed. A bit of sweet orange oil, mixed with lavender, when added to an oil diffuser, can help an anxious person sleep. And for those who need a bit of extra help with severe anxiety, CBD oil has been touted as extremely effective. It is a versatile oil, as you can apply it to the skin, inhale it (via a vape), take capsule supplements or edible gummies/candies, or spray it directly into the mouth. How long does it take for CBD oil to work? It depends on the method of ingestion/application and how debilitating your symptoms are, but generally, it works very fast.
If oils aren’t your thing, there are myriad other supplements, vitamins and diets you can try to help with anxiety. Anxiety drops and tablets, supplements like melatonin and Omega-3s, b12 and even teas like Yogi Tea have all been touted as helping anxiety-sufferers a great deal.
These are just a few all-natural, cheap and/or reasonably affordable ways to treat your anxiety the natural way. However, if your anxiety has become such a problem that it’s negatively affecting your life, or you are concerned about your health/wellbeing, please, don’t hesitate to see a doctor.