The anxious person experiences a general sense of apprehension and worry that considerably alters normal life. the most frequent worries centre on interpersonal relationships, work, finances, health and the future in general. This state escapes the control of affected persons and tends to disable them. Anxiety may appear without any apparent physiological manifestation or with somatic evidence that may reach the level of panic attack.
Types of anxiety and symptoms
- Nerves or a fidgety feeling.
- Difficulty with concentration.
- Muscular tension.
- Sleep disruptions.
- Decrease in sexual desire.
- Dry mouth.
- Cold sweat
How to overcome anxiety
- Use of Self Instruction. This techniques is practiced by oneself: Try words to encourage yourself such as ‘calm down, nothing is going to happen,’ ‘I am going to make it’, ‘It is possible’. When facing the moment of tension, breathe deeply and repeat the practiced words.
- Thought stopping. This technique has proven to be very effective, especially when there are thinking topics that favours anxiety.
Plants and foods to Fight Anxiety
Anxiety medication, sedatives and tranquilizers are commonly used for anxiety treatment. However, these drugs have significant side effects. Some are addictive and quitting them causes insominia and anxiety as a rebound effect; others cause dry mouth, blurred vision, urinary retention, constipation, seasickness, insominia, lowering of sexual potency, weakness, sweating, etc. The following herbal and diet remedies to sooth anxiety:
- Foods high in calcium, magnesium and group B vitamins. Dairy products, oranges, almonds, cabbages, turnips and leeks are all high in calcium. Soya beans, coconut, melon and cashew nuts are nutritional sources of magnesium. Sunflower seeds, beans, wheat germ, eggs and low-fat milk contain significant amount of vitamin B in various forms.
- St. John’s wort.
- Kava kava.
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