Fireworks, big parties, parades, and other possible contributors to anxiety are right around the corner. If you get anxious due to loud noises, this Fourth of July may be a doozie. But you don’t have to worry! We have natural solutions to anxiety issues!
Simple, Natural Anxiety Remedies
We know that loud noises and big crowds cause a lot of people, young and old, discomfort and anxiety. Independence Day celebrations are right around the corner – and those are filled with all sorts of anxiety-inducing situations.
Here are five natural remedies you can use to help you cope!
1. Try Rescue Remedy. Rescue Remedy is a product that comes in a spray, drop, or gum and can be used by people of all ages. This herbal solution is filled with stress-reducing botanicals that can help ease anxiety and reduce levels of fear.
2. Take anxiety-reducing herbs, teas, and tinctures. Many herbal teas, tinctures, and supplements can help reduce your stress and anxiety levels and help you feel better overall. Commonly used herbs include:
- Lemon balm
Other supplements that are often effective against anxiety are:
- B Vitamins
- Omega 3s
- Vitamin D
Many supplements and herbs can help you fight anxiety or help keep you stress-free. Take time to find what works best for you!
3. Use aromatherapy to get you through tense moments. Keeping a calming essential oil by your side can help you stay calm through stressful situations. Sniff the following essential oils and work out which makes you feel the calmest:
- Clary Sage
- Sweet orange
- Ylang Ylang
*Helpful hint: Between each sniff, clear your nasal passages by inhaling the scent of coffee beans. This will help keep you from confusing scents or having to deal with odd scent combinations.
4. Eat an anxiety-reduction diet. Some foods can contribute to anxiety and others can help to alleviate symptoms.
Unfortunately, one of the significant contributors to anxiety and stress is something many of us indulge in during this holiday. That is sugary foods like candy, ice cream, and cupcakes. To top it off, that beer or whiskey you may be tempted to chug over the Fourth can also contribute to your stress and anxiety levels.
Another food type to avoid during Independence Day is your standard barbecue fare: hot dogs, sausages, and hamburgers. Processed food like these can contribute to depression and stress during this big holiday.
So, instead of going for the standard Independence Day cookout, try barbecuing up some lean meat, grilling salmon on cedar planks, and adding a few veggies to the mix. It’s okay to have a beer or two – but don’t overdo any celebratory drinking and switch to water before the night’s festivities. And, instead of ice cream or sugary treats, make some popsicles or some frozen yogurt with natural sweeteners like fruit, honey, dates, or maple syrup. All of these foods can keep things low stress, help boost your omega 3’s, stimulate serotonin and dopamine production, and increase your B vitamin levels.
5. When all else fails, wear earplugs. Yes, we know this is a simplistic solution. But, if you or someone in your family gets startled easily or is anxious due to loud noises, using earplugs to block the sound of a fireworks display can significantly reduce the stress and anxiety caused by waiting for the loud pop.
Finally, if you get stressed out or anxious easily, you may want to consider craniosacral therapy. It’s not just for headaches – it can help with sleep issues, stress/anxiety relief, emotional release, and much more.
Let us know if you’d like to discover more natural anxiety and stress reducers. We are here to help you live life to the fullest through naturopathic health care.