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Natural Remedies for Anxiety

Anxiety is a common challenge in addiction treatment and recovery. It’s one of the most common withdrawal symptoms and one of the most common triggers of relapse. If the anxiety is intense enough, your doctor or therapist may recommend medication. For most people in recovery, though, it’s best to avoid any substance prone to abuse or addiction. Fortunately, there natural ways to reduce anxiety.

Chamomile tea.

This is a classic way to relax. A hot cup of chamomile tea in the evening is a perfect way to wind down and get ready for bed. If you’re still at work, try green tea. It contains a compound called L-theanine, which reduces heart rate and blood pressure while increasing alertness.


You may have heard omega-3 oils are good for your heart and brain, but they are also anti-inflammatory, which means they reduce agitation and anxiety. Omega-3s are found in foods such as salmon, grass-fed beef, olive oil, avocados, and flax seeds. You can also take a supplement in the form of fish oil, krill oil, or algae omega-3s.


Taking a walk in nature is a great way to reduce anxiety quickly. The sight of vegetation is relaxing in itself, but there are other compounds in plants and in the soil that improve your mood and boost your immune system. It works even better on a sunny day. Sunlight boosts production of vitamin D, which improves your mood.


Exercise is one of the best ways to reduce anxiety. It releases endorphins and BDNF, which actually grows brain cells. It improves your concentration and memory, which help you regulate your mood. Exercise is a way to “practice” being stressed so that when you are under other kinds of stress, your body responds more effectively.

Reduce caffeine.

This one might hurt, but it’s one of the most effective ways to reduce anxiety. If you are jittery or anxious, if you get headaches, stomach aches, or heart palpitations, try reducing or eliminating coffee and see how you feel. This one requires a bit of commitment because you’ll either have to taper or feel like a zombie for a week or so while your body adjusts.

Healthy diet.

Diet has a tremendous effect on mood. The wrong foods can make you feel terrible, while the right foods can help you feel better. Eat more blueberries, whole grains, avocados, and dark green leafy vegetables. Eat less fried food, processed food, refined sugar and flour.


If you pay attention to your breath when you feel anxious, you will notice you are hardly breathing. A few slow deep breaths can help you feel better right away. Try a yoga technique called square breathing. Breathe in slow for four seconds, hold it for two seconds, breathe out slow for four seconds, wait for two seconds, and start over. Do this three to five times and you will feel calmer.

Take a hot bath.

Being warm calms you down and helps your muscles relax. A sauna or bath work nicely. You can make a bath even more relaxing by adding lavender or epsom salts. The smell of lavender has been shown to reduce anxiety.

It’s a good idea to incorporate a few anti-anxiety strategies into your daily life; a walk in the park after work, a hot cup of chamomile tea in the evening, or a hot bath before bed can keep stress at a tolerable level. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction and anxiety, Gardens Wellness Center can help you detox and decide on a treatment strategy. Call us today at 844-828-1050 or email us at to learn more.