Nervousness and anxiety happens to us all at some point in our lives. Whether in your professional or your personal life, nerves will hit and there isn’t much you can do about it. Or is there? Without resorting to medication, if nerves are becoming an issue and affecting your day to day routine, then here is a list of natural remedies to help reduce those jitters.
Chamomile tea, two to three times a day, is an especially good remedy to resort to when nervousness strikes or failing that, chamomile supplements. Chamomile is known to significantly reduce anxiety and nervousness due to the relaxation promoting ingredients, apigenin and luteolin.
- Green Tea
Green tea is a refreshing and relaxing drink which can help soothe the nerves. The amino acid L-theanine in green tea can also help with blood pressure and a rising heart rate.
As mentioned above, L-theanine is found in green tea however it is also found in black tea and can be taken in capsule form. This water-soluble amino acid works to combat nervous and anxiety without any drowsiness or other side effects.
Hops otherwise known as Humulus lupulus can sometimes be found in tea form. The herb is often used as a sedative to help promote relaxation and sleep.
- Valerian Root
Valerian is generally taken as a capsule, tea or in liquid form, but note that it can have a rather unpleasant smell. It has been used as a sedative to help insomnia since the ancient Greek and Roman empires and can help reduce anxiety and nerves.
- Lemon Balm
Lemon balm has been used for centuries to reduce anxiety. Lemon balm generally comes as a capsule, essential oil, in liquid form or tea and can often be combined with other herbs such as hops or valerian root.
Kava or kava-kava has been used for its relaxing properties by various Pacific Island cultures for hundreds of years. The root of the plant is pulverized to make tea, powder, liquid and capsules although in some countries it is banned due to liver toxicity side effects. Kava is used to affect brain chemistry in a similar way to antidepressants.
Omega-3 can help ease anxiety by lowering the cortisol and adrenaline in the body. Naturally apparent in tuna, salmon, mussels, anchovies, walnuts and flax seed, fish oil supplements are becoming increasingly popular to treat such issues.
Passionflower, also called the May Apple, has been found to reduce anxiety, nerves and stress; it is as effective as some prescription medications and presents no toxicity or serious side effects. It is available in capsules, tea and supplement form.
Lavender has a sweet intoxicating scent that is known to relieve individuals of their anxiousness. This essential oil can be extremely relaxing and help calm you down. Put a few drops on your pillow, sip on lavender tea, dab on your skin or book yourself in for a relaxing aromatherapy massage, it will all help. A lavender supplement is also available.
Laughter has been known to cure many things especially when that burst of dopamine hits. When laughing you can reduce the cortisol which brings on feelings of anxiousness and nervousness. A good belly laugh will release your stress in no time at all.
Relaxing activities such as walking, yoga or tai chi can help take away the feeling of nervousness. As you relax, your heart rate lowers, making awkward social interaction and difficult situations much easier to bear.
Gamma-aminobutyic acid (GABA) is an amino acid supplement that can reduce your excitability and sense of nervousness. Available online and in health food stores it seems to be quite an effective natural relaxant.
L-lysine is an amino acid found in fish, meat and beans and is also available as a supplement that can help reduce anxiety and stress. Many studies on L-lysine and the link to nervousness and anxiety have been extremely promising with no known side effects.
- Vitamin D
A quick burst of Vitamin day from natural sunlight each day can do wonders for depression and anxiety. Getting outdoors and communing with nature in the daylight hours can help you feel better in an instant.
If you have 21 spare minutes on the clock then you are well on the way to beating your nerves. Studies show that in just 21 minutes, exercise has been known to alter cognitive function and mood, helping to increase relaxation and reduce anxiety.
- Spa or Sauna
Both a spa and a sauna have deep relaxation properties because they warm up your body, reduce tension and relax your mind. The heat releases endorphins, natural feel good chemicals to restore your body and soul.
- Take a Bath
Like a spa or a sauna, a hot bath with added Epsom salts will help you relax quickly. The salts can help calm your nerves however lavender essential oil is a great replacement if you don’t have Epsom salts handy.
- Reduce Caffeine Intake
Caffeine can make you nervous heightening your anxiousness. By mixing up your drinks with water or other substances such as tea it can help reduce your nervousness symptoms and calm your mind.
- Eat Wisely
There are many foods which can help reduce nerves. They include blueberries, peaches, avocadoes, oats, whole grains, eggs, milk, meat and spinach. Consider these foods, happy foods, and try to incorporate them into your diet as much as you can.
Mindful meditation can help treat anxiety. By being in the moment you are not worrying about what is to come and you can instantly seek relaxation. By focusing on your breath you are not allowing yourself to dwell on your negative emotions.
Skullcap is a member of the mint family and taken in liquid, capsule or tea form. It can be very calming to the system. It is commonly taken to relieve tension and anxiety and has been used for centuries by herbalists.
Catnip tea, made from the plant of the same name, can help you relax, relieve stress and nerves. Catnip is also available in other forms including solutions, liquid, capsules and even dried. Restlessness and agitation can be helped by taking catnip making this an extremely popular option.
- Warm Milk
Warm milk, a familiar remedy, is a great way to relax thanks to the amino acid, tryptophan, found in the milk. Try a glass before bed or when you find yourself awake in the wee odd hours. Adding blended almonds or honey, which both have a calming effect, to your warm milk will boost the effects.
- Oat Straw
Oat straw (Avena sativa) can help with nervous exhaustion and restlessness and is available in health food stores. Oat straw is the green oat grass in the early growing stage and a high quantity of Vitamin B complex is contained within this herb.
Ashwaganda capsules have amazing anxiety relieving effects without the serious side effects which come with prescription drugs. It is a powerful herb in Ayurvedic medicine and is frequently referred to as Indian ginseng because of its healing properties.