No one should be forced to live with anxiety. Anxiety is a devastating disorder, and even mild anxiety - the type that you can handle in your day to day life - has the potential to hold you back in ways you don't even realize. That's why curing anxiety is so important, and that's why anyone living with anxiety deserves to find relief.
Yet few people do, and that's because the options for fighting anxiety aren't that popular. Therapy is expensive, Medications can be dangerous and cause personality changes. There is no such thing as a rapid cure for anxiety, which is why many people turn to home remedies.
How Severe is Your Anxiety?
You'll need different at-home treatments depending on how severe your anxiety is. If you haven't yet, take our free 7 minute anxiety test to see your anxiety severity score, compare it to others, and receive treatment ideas and recommendations.
What Makes a Home Remedy?
Anything that you can complete in the comfort of your own home can be seen as a home remedy for anxiety. Herbal supplements, for example, are all home remedies. Some of these include:
- Valerian Root
Those three are believed to be very effective at reducing anxiety - more than any other type of supplement. For the purposes of this article, however, we'll look at things that you can do in your own home that aren't medicinal that can cut down on your overall anxiety.
Before we begin, remember that your symptoms are what create your anxiety. The best way to cure your anxiety is to see how your symptoms affect you. Click here to take a free symptoms questionnaire I developed that will give you home treatment recommendations.
Effective Home Remedies for Anxiety
The following are some ways that you can improve your ability to cope with anxiety from the comfort of your own home. Anxiety does require long term treatments, but with the following you may be able to drastically cut down on your overall anxiety symptoms:
- Relaxation Room When something is making you stressed, like work, you may benefit from a relaxation room. A relaxation room is a place free of bright lights, technology, and distractions. It shouldn't even have photos or clutter - it should just be a room that you can lock without anything to keep you awake or uncomfortable. Going into that room for 30 minutes every day can bring you some of the relief you need.
- Extra Hydration/Water Therapy Dehydration is a serious problem in today's society. Some researchers theorize that drinking extra water may help relieve some anxiety symptoms. Drinking extra water can be very helpful for controlling the way you experience anxiety, which in turn can improve how easy it is to cope.
- Exercise Exercising is possible the number one potential home treatment for anxiety. People often think that exercising is important for physical health. But exercise is a crucial treatment of mental health, as it regulates hormones that can cause anxiety, burns away stress hormones, releases unused energy and more.
- Vitamin Additions 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 are also valuable. You can add these vitamins in food or in supplement form.
- Distraction Creation Technology is usually a bad thing for anxiety. It excites the brain too much without providing any release of that excitement, and can increase your anxiety overall. But for those with panic disorder and other anxiety disorders, some degree of technology may be beneficial for creating a distraction for your senses. Turning on the TV to channels that make you laugh and keeping the lights on may help prevent you from being stuck "inside your own head" too much, and could provide you with some degree of relief from nagging thoughts.
- Journaling Journaling is another tool that has some profound benefits that most people ignore. When you write out your thoughts and feelings in a journal, you release them from your mind in such a way that you'll often find they no longer control your thoughts. That's because your brain is more comfortable forgetting things when it knows it's in a permanent place, like a journal, so that you're less likely to have nagging thoughts you can't shake.
- Bathing Taking a hot bath really is a fairly incredible relaxation strategy. Warm water provides your entire body with a level of relaxation that can be incredibly beneficial for reducing some of the anxiety symptoms that can be so disruptive to your life. Like many other treatments, bathing isn't going to be a one stop cure, but those that find that physical aches and pains from anxiety are causing them even more anxiety may also see a benefit to taking a warm bath for an hour or so every few days.
Most home remedies for anxiety are designed to relieve symptoms, because symptom relieve has the potential to cause overall anxiety relief. Anxiety is often a self-sustaining problem, because the more anxiety symptoms you experience, the more you 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. Often the best home treatments for anxiety involve looking at your overall symptoms and the way you experience anxiety and finding a tailored approach to curing it.
I've helped thousands of people in the past with reduce their anxiety at home. But to start, you have to take my free anxiety test. The test looks at your symptoms and how they're affecting you in a way that will help provide a more thorough treatment to cure your anxiety for good.
Author: Micah Abraham, BSc Psychology, last updated Sep 28, 2017.