If you’re reading this you’re probably no stranger to anxiety, and you’d probably agree that it can be tough. Known as one of the most common conditions, millions of people carry its weight on their shoulders every day. If you’re interested in a natural approach as opposed to a prescription, here are five things to consider the next time you need some relief.

Have a Cuppa
There’s a lot to be said for winding down with a cup of tea, but did you know that some teas have the ability to decrease anxiety? Chamomile, one of the best known tried and true remedies, is one you should always keep stocked in your pantry. Steeping a cup whenever you feel yourself getting wound up could be just what you need. Take note of your anxiety. Maybe you always feel it right before your weekly meeting with your boss, or maybe it’s later in the afternoon when the kids are in rare form. Try having a cup during these times and see how you feel. And with the arrival of summer’s warmer days, remember that you can get the same benefits if it’s iced.

Explore CBD
People everywhere are discovering the positive benefits of incorporating CBD into their lives. Known formally as cannabidiol, CBD is a derivative of the cannabis plant — but it’s free of THC, the naturally occurring chemical in marijuana that causes its psychoactive high. If you’re dealing with anxiety, CBD could be your new best friend. Studies have shown that it can decrease heart rate and regulate blood flow to the areas of the brain linked to anxiety. If you’re interested in trying it out, do your research and learn about the different ways it can be used. Tinctures and different forms of CBD cream are both very popular based on their absorption into the bloodstream, where they offer quick relief. 

Try the Power of Touch
Have you heard of the Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT? Reminiscent of acupuncture or a visit to the chiropractor, EFT focuses on touch points and pressure, incorporating mental health exercises as well. While studies are limited, there is promising evidence that this method could help ease symptoms of anxiety. Touch can be very therapeutic, so if you find yourself in need of relaxation and centering, this could be worth trying out. There are resources available to learn how to do this yourself, but some mental health professionals offer it as part of a treatment plan.

Fine Tune Your Breathing
One of the best things about your body is its ability to sometimes fix itself. A bout of anxiety is no exception and can typically be brought under control just by breathing. It’s not complicated, but you do need to be mindful of your breaths if you want it to work. Where shallow and quick breaths tend to only make anxiety worse (the chest muscles stay tense), focusing on deep and slow exhales will do exactly the opposite. Remember this for next time and make every breath count.

Spend Time With Your Pet
Animals have a knack for comforting their humans. Have you ever reached out to your pet during an anxious spell? If not, make a point to next time. Petting your cat or dog is a great way to release the endorphins that make you feel good, with a sense of calm. You should also notice a decreased heart rate — another way to bring anxiety back down.Anxiety is a serious issue and can be very difficult to live with, but it is manageable. And for people who would prefer not to take a prescription medication, there are so many things you can do to get things under better control. But always speak with your doctor first, especially if you find your anxiety levels have become debilitating. Feeling better is possible!