Anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18% of the population. Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only about one-third of those suffering receive treatment.
What happens if/when SHTF and anxiety medications possibly become unavailable? If you suffer from anxiety and are currently being treated, the thought of such a scenario can be a little unsettling.
Also, if you do not currently suffer from anxiety, you could develop the symptoms when SHTF as these types of situations can cause anxiety in almost anyone. Here are the symptoms to look for:
- Feeling nervous, restless, or tense
- Having a sense of impending danger, panic, or doom
- Having an increased heart rate
- Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation)
- Feeling weak or tired
- Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry
- Having trouble sleeping
- Experiencing gastrointestinal (GI) problems
- Having difficulty controlling worry
- Having the urge to avoid things that trigger anxiety
Whatever the case may be, there are ways to control anxiety without treatment. Although, If it becomes persistent, consult with a physician, if at all possible.
In this article, we’ll go over tips to relieve anxiety:
- Take a time out
- Eat well balanced meals
- Limit alcohol and caffeine
- Get plenty of sleep
- Exercise daily
- Take deep breaths
- Do your best
- Accept that you cannot control everything
- Welcome humor
- Learn what triggers your anxiety
- Talk to someone
- Key supplements to include in your daily diet
- Foods to eat
- Foods to avoid
Tips to Help You Control Your Anxiety
There is no cure for anxiety, but there are ways to make it more manageable. Even if you don't suffer from anxiety now, you should practice these methods and keep them in mind. You never know when you might find yourself in a panic-inducing situation and need to use tried and true methods to keep yourself calm.
Here are a few ways to control anxiety:
Take a time out
Practice yoga, listen to music, meditate, get a massage, or learn relaxation techniques. Stepping back from the problem helps clear your head.
Try your best to eat well balanced meals
If at all possible, do not skip any meals and keep healthful, energy-boosting snacks on hand such as bananas, apples, almonds, or walnuts.
Limit alcohol and caffeine
Alcohol and caffeine can aggravate anxiety and trigger panic attacks.
Get plenty of sleep
When stressed, your body needs additional sleep and rest. If possible, 8-9 hours is ideal.
Exercise can help you feel good and maintain your health. Jogging, walking, biking, or dancing three to five times a week for 30 minutes are great ways to stay in shape.
Take deep breaths
Inhale slowly for 5 seconds and exhale slowly for 5 seconds. This slows your heart rate and regulates your breathing.
Do your best
Instead of aiming for perfection, which isn't possible, be proud of however close you get. Take it one step at a time, one day at a time.
Accept that you cannot control everything
Put your stress and worry in perspective: Is it really as bad as you think?
There’s a quote I would like to share. I came across it the other day and it is so true! “Worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but it doesn’t get you anywhere.” – Anonymous
Laughter is great for your health! Laughter relaxes the entire body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension, stress, and anxiety which leaves your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
Learn what triggers your anxiety
Is it work, family, school, or something else you can identify? Write in a journal when you’re feeling stressed or anxious, and look for a pattern.
Talk to someone
Tell friends and family you’re feeling overwhelmed, and let them know how they can help you. If possible, talk to a physician or therapist for professional help.
Natural Remedies to Relieve Symptoms of Anxiety
As mentioned before, there is no known cure for anxiety. There are, however, some natural treatments that many believe can be used to relieve its symptoms. Here are a few natural remedies for anxiety that are believed to be effective.
Key supplements to include in your daily diet
- Grass fed gelatin (1-2 tbsp per day)
- Catnip tincture (1-3 dropper fulls per day)
- Hemp seed oil (1 tbsp per day)
- Probiotics (1 dose with food per day)
Foods to eat
- Raw honey
- Fruits and vegetables
- Grass fed meats
- Bone broth
- Coconut oil
- Olive oil
- Refined sugars
- Refined grains
- Vegetable oil
- Artificial colors, flavors, and sweeteners
- Whole grains
- Processed foods of any kind
If you suffer from an anxiety disorder and feel you need additional information or just someone to reach out to but don’t know where to turn, please visit http://www.anxietysocialnet.com/ for more information. Visit http://www.anxietysocialnet.com/anxiety-support-group for their online anxiety support group information.
The above article is for informational purposes only. In the case of a true medical emergency please call 911.