3 Surprising Ways to Effectively Stop Your Anxiety
If you’ve had it, you know… Anxiety sucks. Bigtime. In this NB we share 3 effective, though likely surprising ways to curb your anxiety, naturally.
Surprising But Effective Natural Anxiety Crusher #1: BANANAS
A banana may not be the first comfort food that springs to mind when you feel tense and stressed, but this yellow fruit could help you out in a few different ways.
To start with, bananas are a good source of an amino acid known as tryptophan.
Tryptophan gets converted into serotonin within your body, which is a neurotransmitter that promotes relaxation.
For this reason, tryptophan is often associated with sleep and sometimes used for insomnia, but serotonin is also incredibly important for boosting your mood. (1)
Another benefit of bananas is that they have a good ratio of sugar to fiber (our favorite F-word!) that allows the sugar to slowly be released into your bloodstream.
This may not sound like a big deal, but low blood sugar can actually be a trigger for an anxious mood and stressful thoughts. (2) (3)
Eating bananas regularly isn’t a bad idea, either, if you deal with anxiety often. The fruit contains a good amount of vitamin B6, which helps your body to synthesize both dopamine and serotonin— the “feel good” neurotransmitters. (4)
Surprising But Effective Natural Anxiety Crusher #2: Peppermint Oil
You have probably heard that lavender oil is great for anxiety…
But did you know that peppermint essential oil can also be helpful?
Peppermint is a very different essential oil than lavender. It has a refreshing, invigorating scent that can boost your mood and mental energy, which is a contrast to the sense of calm and relaxation that lavender can bring.
However, studies do show that peppermint can be just as helpful for anxious feelings, stress, and tension.
As a prime example, a small study done with cardiac patients found that aromatherapy with peppermint essence significantly reduced both pain and anxiety associated with intravenous catheterization. (5)
Other studies have had similar results and have repeatedly found that peppermint has an uplifting effect on mood and also decreases fatigue (both mental and physical), feelings of stress, and feelings of frustration. (6) (7)
This makes peppermint oil one of the best choices when you feel both anxious and mentally drained.
As a bonus, rubbing the diluted essential oil into your temples can also help to relieve a tension headache. (8) [Just be careful not to use too much or to get it too close to your eyes…otherwise, OUCHIES!]
Surprising But Effective Natural Anxiety Crusher #3: Laugh
It may sound cliché to say that laughter is a powerful medicine, but there is a lot of research that proves the truth of this statement.
Studies have consistently shown that laughter reduces feelings of anxiety, lowers serum levels of cortisol, and reduces certain stress-related hormones.
The very act of laughing also helps to relax your muscles and release tension you may be holding in your body. (9)
And if you’ve ever noticed how much better you feel after a good laugh, it’s likely due to the fact that laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the “happy” or “feel-good” hormones. (9)
This means that simply watching a funny video or reading some old-fashioned comic strips – or hanging out with a dad (or anyone!) who tells good “dad jokes” — can instantly make you feel less anxious.
Or, if you are in a situation where you can’t easily watch or read something, try visualizing a humorous moment from your past, funny scene from a television show, etc.— one that induced side-splitting laughter.
It may sound too-simple-to-be-true, but believe me — from personal experience, it can work!
Those are just three of 25 Most Effective Ways to STOP Your Feelings of Anxiety Quickly in a brand new report from our buddy Brian Vaszily…
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