40 Natural Aids for Anxiety

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While it's perfectly normal to feel on edge from time to time, suffering from anxiety is a whole different ballgame. The mental health concern is also extremely common. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults, or 18.1 percent of the population every year. 

People dealing with anxiety may suffer from one or several disorders. For example, generalized anxiety disorder affects 6.8 million adults, and women are twice as likely to be affected as men. 


While talk therapy and prescription drugs can help, there are some options for people who want to take the edge off anxiety with natural approaches, notes Suzanne Dixon, RDN, a registered dietitian, epidemiologist, and nutrition expert with The Mesothelioma Center

From activities that can be done in nature to interacting with animals, specific forms of breathwork to varying amounts and intensities of exercise, aromatherapy, therapeutic foods, herbal supplements, and certain eating habits that require zeroing in on a certain time of day or nutrient, certain lifestyle moves could make a world of difference in curbing anxiety.  

It bears noting that none of these therapies are necessarily a direct substitute for formal treatment, and working with a health care provider is key to nailing down an individualized, effective plan. "After all, everyone is unique, [so] make sure herbs don't cause any unintended effects -- dozing off at the in-laws, for example," warns Dixon.

That said, a wide variety of tips and tricks may prove truly useful for those with anxiety disorders. Here are 40 natural anxiety aids backed by research and experts.

Emotional Health