How to Overcome Anxiety Naturally

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  1. Rasheed says:

    Before finding mediation and a regular practice of it, my mind was always stuck in the past or imagining (mostly negative) future events. Meditation is definitely a tool that I use almost everyday now. Great advise in this post.

    • Kat says:

      Hi Rasheed, I’m glad to hear you have found meditation such a helpful tool in helping you keep present instead of having thoughts lead you to the past or future. ~kat

  2. sharriv meye says:

    I left a comment but I did not check the last box and it all went away. I hope that I can leave a comment as good as the first one.

    Thank you for this insightful article, may people deal with anxiety and phobias and are embarrassed by them.
    I too have suffered from anxiety and phobias. since I was a little boy I would watch my mom hyperventilate and over the years that translated over to me.
    I do recognize now the symptoms of an oncoming panic attack so that I can prevent then for about 95%.
    I also suffered from phobia of flying. I did cure myself with a simple technique I learned from a YouTube Channel Christopher Paul Jones. I had nightmares before I would go on trips. I had to drink tranquilizers to keep calm in the pane and would never go to the bathroom, eat or drink anything on the plane A simple technique with a pen which I did to myself CURED me.

    I do like all of the methods in this article, on of them is my favorite MEDATATION, I was never a believer in mediation, but it has changed my life and mental health. Just don’t think that it will happened overnight. Meditation takes time to practice and master.

    Thank you for putting such a great article.

    God bless

    • Kat says:

      Hi Sharriv, thanks for being persistent and leaving a comment, I’m sorry it disappeared the first time round. It’s great to hear that you’ve been able to work through your phobia, as well as recognise that your family of origin led to you developing this. Unfortunately this is quite common. It’s also great that you have been able to find ways to overcome and prevent the onset of panic attacks. ~kat

  3. Anh-Tu Le says:

    That’s such a great post! I will definitely use some of your advices to overcome my phobia. The first thing I did was to change my meal into a healthier diet and I haven’t eaten sugar for months, which was a big relief for my mind and my health.

    Since the weather is so good I will go for a walk and connect with the nature, we sometimes forget how important the vitamin D is.

    Thank you for sharing this awesome content, I’ve learned so much.

  4. emilija says:

    Excersise helps with anxiety and some food that you eat

  5. fintan duggan says:

    Hi Kat,

    Thank you for writing such an insightful article on anxiety, it was only while reading it did it strike me that I have suffered from anxiety a little throughout my life, when you really start to analyze your thoughts and how negative they can become over something that may never happen, actually I have found that by saying these words “99% of what you think will happen just wont” helps to calm me. I do realize that anxiety is a huge problem for many people and you have suggested some very sensible ways to help people deal with high anxiety particularly good are mindfulness, breathing and exercise, I feel that one should concentrate on thses three to begin with, aromatherapy and supplementation are other good choices. 

    Well done

    Fintan

    • Kat says:

      Hi Fintan, thanks for sharing. It is true most of what we worry about doesn’t happen. I often share this with my clients too, and work around how much energy it takes to think of those things, when it is easier to come back to the present and help calm down their body’s systems. Breathing is one of the best ones in  my mind, as it also helps to bring one to the present while also providing valuable oxygen ~ kat

  6. Stratos K says:

    Nice read. I know a couple of people close to me that are so much anxious about even little things that can severely affect their everyday lives. I like that you suggest a wide range of solutions as many of these solutions are not for everyone and different people react differently to treatments. I will definitely bookmark your page for future reference if in need. Thank you.

    • Kat says:

      Hi, anxiety is definitely a very common experience but not very pleasant for anyone who experiences it. I’ve listed a wide range since I’ve found in my practice that everyone is unique, and what works for some, doesn’t work for others. Thanks for visiting.

  7. Judy says:

    Thanks for a great post on dealing with anxiety naturally. My younger brother has been having a difficult time with anxiety for years and it’s such a difficult thing for people to deal with. Neither of us are fans of prescription drugs so natural solutions are a really good thing to explore.

    It’s awesome that there are so many good natural options to explore… I’m going to see if he enjoys the essential oils and finds them helpful. You’re so correct about diet and supplements being a good way to go. I think when you’re dealing with anxiety yourself it’s not always easy or natural to make the right choices because you are so caught in the midst of the anxiety you tend to lose focus on what’s right. Thanks again for this article, will send it his way and see if he sees something that’s a good fit for himself there.

    • Kat says:

      Hi Judy, thanks for sharing your thoughts. I’m sorry to hear your brother has been struggling for so many years. It’s hard when someone close is struggling. I’m a big supporter of doing things naturally, so this post makes sense to me. I hope your brother can find some relief with this information. 

  8. Jay says:

    Overcoming anxiety is one of the most difficult things I am still trying to accomplish. I really want to overcome it but have no idea how to do it and I think it is making me miss out from a lot of things.

    I have not really made use of any of the techniques listed here but I think I have tried exercise in the past. I am not entirely sure if it had much effect but I did feel energized and ready to conquer the world after my exercise. 

    I would have to give some of the other methods listed here a go as I really want to overcome this.

    • Kat says:

      Hi Jay, thanks for sharing your experience with anxiety. I too experience anxiety, which is why I know so much about it. I have found the techniques listed here are all very capable in helping one overcome anxiety. It’s a work in progress and can take time. By practicing these strategies, it helps your brain get used to calming down when anxiety is in full force. It does take ongoing practice and implementing these strategies consciously however, to help your brain develop new neural pathways and you trust them to work in lowering the anxiety. All the best and feel free to reconnect either by email or through the contact us form if you have any other questions, concerns or found something work for you ~kat

  9. RoDarrick says:

    Sensitive post this is and surely interesting to read about. I have phobia for holes and public gatherings. It really get on my nerves and makes me highly nervous but when I started out meditation, yoga and generally comfort in the hands of nature by exploring the beauty, I was able to fight it. Though not a won battle yet, but I can confidently say, my level of torment has drastically reduced and I love myself more for that.

    • Kat says:

      Hi RoDarrick, I can hear how hard managing your phobias have been. Thanks for sharing your experience with anxiety. It sounds like you’ve found some great comfort in nature, meditation and yoga which is working for you. I’m so glad you have found ways to work through these uncomfortable phobias and allow yourself to be kind to yourself through this process. Heart hugs and blessings ~kat

  10. Anthony Hu says:

    It is timely article for me. Although I don’t officially diagnosed with anxiety, I have all symptoms of anxiety. I have two teenage kids and a considerable wife. I took Prozac 5 years ago, which relieve some of the illness. But recently, I have serious issue with my stomach. Based on my doctor, this may be caused by Prozac. The best way to treat this and prevent further damage is stopping the medicine. It seems to me that medicine isn’t solution for my case.

    Managing my anxiety naturally is my next approach. You list a series of ways dealing with anxiety. I bookmarked your webpage and will do some more research on this. One question to you, in my case, which is the best way to start with?

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Kat says:

      Hi Anthony, medication can relieve anxiety for some people, but it also necessary to work with the core of the issue and that takes time and effort. Finding what works for you is the next step. 

      The first step is to notice your breathing and what pace it is going at this moment.  

      Even if you think it’s normal, take a slow breath in to the count of 5. Hold for 2 seconds, then release for as long as you need to. Do this at least 3 times. Then notice how you feel after this. 

      Then find a guided meditation on youtube or here to practice on a daily basis to help you practice slowing your breathing and relax your body to allow your mind to have a break while meditating. Namaste ~kat

  11. shirian says:

    Thanks for your informative article.
    I’ve experienced this anxiety a long time ago, I mean when I’ve served as an army.At the time I didn’t realize I’d suffer of anxiety. Still I’m not saying that I could get cure and my condition is normal now,Not at all. for me, one of those solution to get rid of was cut-off the coffee from my daily life .
    I always work on myself and look for several solutions to overcome this painful problem.this is because I came across to Your post today. Bookmarked Your page and  I would sincerely like to appreciate Your insightful article.
    ~Shirian

    • Kat says:

      Hi Shirian, thanks for sharing your experience of anxiety. It’s such a challenge to experience and unless you consciously work on it, it doesn’t automatically go away. For some it can take a lot longer for it to settle down and not come back. Over time and through conscious efforts, it is possible to create a life without anxiety. But it might be a lifelong journey and lifestyle changes such as incorporating daily meditations or yoga, or something that works for you. All the best ~kat

  12. Nate Stone says:

    Hey Kat,

    Really interesting article!

    A lot of the methods used to reduce anxiety are also very effective for relieving stress, I guess the two are closely linked. I’m personally a big fan of yoga and mindfulness for reducing stress, I see you have recommended Vitamin B, I actually recommend it for increased testosterone production, so another reason I can recommend it to my clients.

  13. Amy Cain says:

    Thank you so much for this wonderful article. This is a subject near and dear to me as myself and my 9 year old son both struggle with different forms of anxiety. Mine is more generalized and his is a combination of minor phobia, social anxiety, and general anxiety.

    From our experience, I know talking about and learning about anxiety and ways to manage it are so very needed today. I constantly pray one day the stigma surrounding it will dissipate so more will seek help when necessary.

    I completely agree with learning tools to self-manage before medical interventions if possible though, especially in children. This is the approach we’ve taken with my son. We’ve actually adopted many of the strategies you’ve mentioned. So far it has helped him to manage and overcome his anxiety when necessary. He may one day still need medication also, but in the meantime I know we are doing everything necessary to help provide him the necessary foundation to manage internally too. I believe that is so necessary and beneficial with or without medication.

    Thank you again. You have found a follower (or two) in us!

    • Kat says:

      Hi Amy, thank you for sharing your story and sharing how well you have been working and nurturing yourself and your son to manage anxiety. It’s tough when it’s there and you simply want it to go away. Well done for engaging, and helping your son to manage the anxiety naturally. Even if he does end up taking medication, the combination is much better than relying on medication alone. Talk therapy and practicing the strategies that one learns through the talk/play therapy can be so beneficial too. Congrats on being proactive in working on this condition for both yourself and your son rather than go into avoidance mode. You are being an amazing role model for him. ~kat

  14. Fab article!! I do a lot of crafting and mindfulness practice, and write about how knitting, crochet, and embroidery help recalibrate our minds similarly to yoga. These are super great additions to that practice, and I think particularly aromatherapy is great! Adding sensory inclusion to a physical practice like knitting is one more way to ensure that the mind is occupied and directed away from rumination. Thank you for the ideas!

    • Kat says:

      Hi Hilary, ah, a fellow crocheter! Woohoo! Lovely meeting you. Thanks for sharing how you incorporate mindfulness with your crafts. I too love have found crochet a fab way to engage in mindfulness and calm down the stress, anxiety and ruminating. By applying your senses, it can really help one get grounded and be in the moment. Thanks for stopping by ~kat

  15. Mohammad says:

    I agree with you, I am a doctor and I always meet patients with Anxiety and sometimes it so severs that leads to depression and suicidal attempt. It is now a disease that hit so many people in our world, I believe it is because of the changes in our lives and the many mistakes we make. I liked how thorough you were with this article and all these methods you mentioned to help people get rid of anxiety. I thank you very much for this effort to help others, as it is not possible for only doctors to do that.
    Looking forward to reading more of your posts.

    • Kat says:

      Hi Mohammad, it’s great to hear your input. I too work with people who experience intense anxiety and suicidality in my counseling work. It’s something that needs to be addressed on a large scale for those affected to work through these intense feelings. Feel free to refer your patients to the site 🙂 ~kat

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