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Best Home Remedies for Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Daniel Sher, MA, Clin Psychology
Best Home Remedies for Anxiety and Panic Attacks

No one should have to live with anxiety. Anxiety is a potentially devastating disorder, and even mild stress that we all feel from time to time can hold you back in ways you may not even realize. That's why treating anxiety is so important, and that's why anyone living with anxiety deserves relief and respite.

Yet, few people do manage to find relief; and that's because the options for fighting anxiety aren't all that popular. For example, therapy is expensive and medications can cause unpleasant side effects or even addiction. Furthermore, there is no such thing as an instant cure for anxiety, which is why many people turn to home remedies.

What is a Home Remedy?

Any treatment that you can perform from the comfort of your own home can be seen as a home remedy for anxiety. Herbal supplements are an example of a common home remedy. People seeking to treat their anxiety may use herbs such as:

These are believed to be somewhat effective at reducing anxiety in certain cases - more than any other type of natural supplement. In addition, there are many vitamins that are also highly beneficial for anxiety. Magnesium is perhaps the most valuable, 25% of the country is magnesium deficient and that deficiency may cause anxiety and anxiety symptoms (magnesium is also used up during times of stress). Vitamin B12 and Vitamin B1 may also be valuable according to some nutritionists. You can add these vitamins in food (fish, nuts, and vegetables) or in supplement form. In the rest of this article, however, we'll look at behavior-based remedies for coping with anxiety. 

Non-Medicinal Home Remedies for Anxiety

The following are some techniques that you can use to improve your ability to cope with anxiety from the comfort of your own home. Anxiety often requires longer term treatment, but with the following strategies, you may be able to effectively reduce your overall anxiety symptoms:

Most home remedies for anxiety are designed to relieve symptoms and help you cope with your anxiety overall. Anxiety is often a self-sustaining problem, because the more anxiety symptoms you experience, the more likely your are to fear your anxiety, which in turn causes even more anxiety symptoms.

These types of home remedies, however, are not long term treatment options. For that, you need to make sure that you're making smart decisions that have long term anxiety reduction potential. One of the best home treatments for anxiety involves looking at your overall symptoms and the way you experience anxiety and finding a tailored approach to curing it.

But should you find that these self-help treatments do not work for you, you should also consider professional help, including therapy (especially cognitive behavioral therapy) and medications (prescribed by a doctor or psychiatrist) to get the relief you need.

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