Find your peace: natural solutions for an anxiety-free holiday
For those who suffer from anxiety and stress, the search for relief can feel never-ending. As we round the corner into the holidays, the pressure and stress can come to a head. Dealing with increased spending, painful memories from the past, family conflicts, and seasonal depression, thousands struggle to make it to the New Year.
If you find yourself dealing with stress and anxiety, we hope this article will help. Kratom, as well as several other natural remedies, show real promise for easing stress. There are many products on the market that claim to help, but not all of them are effective, and we know that search can be frustrating.
Although there isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” cure for everyone, we trust that this research will spark your curiosity and maybe help lead you down a promising new road to wellness. And just so you know, our list includes some real heavy-hitting – you won’t find “drink some chamomile tea” in this article.
You’ve come by your anxiety honestly
Before we dive in, we really need to take a minute to say, there is no shame in where you are. Stress is plaguing our culture like never before – just a five-minute scroll through your news or social media feed will remind you of all the reasons you’re stressed. Pile the holidays (and crazy inflation) on top of that and it’s a recipe for disaster. So it’s okay to feel like you need a little help.
The American Psychological Association has been studying stress in America, and over the past years, things have skyrocketed. Over 50% of all adults in America would say on a scale of 1 to 10, they’re over a 5 on the stress scale, every single day.
What’s wrong with prescription anxiety medications
Several new studies have come forward over the past two years that are proving the ineffectiveness of prescription anxiety medications.
Here’s a look at what Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine has to say,
“Because the cause has been oversimplified and drugs designed to treat it aim at the wrong target, according to new research. The medications are like arrows shot at the outer rings of a bull’s eye instead of the center.”
Over 50% of the people currently taking prescription drugs for anxiety and depression state that those drugs are ineffective. And yet, each of these medications comes with a long list of side effects.
The most common side effects noted for antianxiety medications are
- blurry vision
- difficulty urinating
- dry mouth
- increase in appetite
- low blood pressure after standing up
- sexual problems or erectile dysfunction
- sweating more than usual
- weight loss or gain
When it comes to the side effects of drugs like benzodiazepines, the side effects are much more severe, the most common being seizures, addiction, cognitive decline, hip fractures, inability to drive motor vehicles, and overdose.
Even without these serious side effects, many taking antianxiety medications describe their experience as “living emotionally numb.”
Although we understand prescription medications may work perfectly for some people and there may be very serious reasons why these medications are necessary, they just aren’t for everyone.
is it possible to ease anxiety naturally?
Yes, it is possible to ease anxiety naturally. Sure, it may take some work and research but many of the natural solutions for anxiety come with little to NO side effects.
Can Kratom ease anxiety?
Kratom is a tropical tree native to Southeast Asia and is related to coffee. The leaves of the Kratom tree are traditionally dried and crushed into a powder, which can be taken orally or used as tea. Kratom has been used for centuries in traditional medicine to treat a variety of conditions, including anxiety and stress.
Kratom works by binding to the mu-opioid receptor in the brain, which helps to reduce pain and increase feelings of pleasure. Kratom also alters levels of serotonin and dopamine in the brain, which can help to improve mood and relieve anxiety. In addition, kratom contains compounds that have sedative effects, which can help to promote relaxation and reduce stress.
There are a variety of ways to take kratom, including capsules, tablets, powders, and teas. It is important to start with a low dose when taking kratom for anxiety or stress relief, as it can cause side effects such as dizziness, nausea, and vomiting at higher doses. If you experience any adverse effects when taking kratom, stop taking it immediately and consult your healthcare provider.
Some research suggests that kratom could be effective in treating anxiety and stress. In a study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, researchers found that Kratom was able to reduce anxiety and improve mood in rats. Additionally, a survey of 632 people who self-reported using kratom found that 70% said it helped with their anxiety and 68% said it helped with their depression.
While more research is needed to determine whether or not kratom is an effective treatment for anxiety and stress, the preliminary evidence suggests that it could be helpful for some people. If you’re considering using Kratom for your anxiety or stress, be sure to talk to your doctor first to make sure it’s safe for you.
Natural remedies for stress management
Valerian is a natural root that can commonly be found in tea or supplement forms. Valerian has been used for hundreds of years and many studies back up its anti-anxiety capabilities.
Valerian has been said to ease insomnia, anxiety, and restlessness.
The FDA has labeled Valerian root as generally safe for human consumption.
Valerian has been shown to increase the amount of a chemical called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. GABA helps regulate nerve cells and has a calming effect on anxiety.
For some people, Valerian may cause mild drowsiness, so use precaution.
Delta 8 is a newer substance to the antianxiety scene but for many, the results are very promising. Delta-8-THC is a hemp-derived cousin of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — more commonly known as cannabis — the active ingredient in the cannabis plant that provides the “high” people feel after using it.
Delta 8 is being referred to as the “kinder younger sibling” to traditional marijuana. A research team from the University at Buffalo and the University of Michigan state that in their study, 71% of the users reported “a lot or a great deal” of relaxation, and 68% said they’d had euphoria. More than half got relief from pain.
These initial results are contributing to the dramatic rise in Delta 8 across the United States and may make it a great option for those trying to combat anxiety without negative side effects.
*Because Delta 8 does not yet ace to undergo extensive regulation, ensure you purchase from a reputable brand and avoid low-quality or counterfeit products.
L-Theanine is an amino acid that has been said to be extremely effective in the treatment of moderate to severe anxiety and it does not cause drowsiness.
L-Theanine is the active agent in Green tea but it can also be taken in supplement form.
This may be a great anti-anxiety option for users because the effect of L-theanine is achieved through enhanced alpha brain wave activity and increased synthesis of GABA (Juneja 1999; Kakuda 2000). Increased GABA, in turn, increases brain levels of dopamine and serotonin, resulting in general feelings of calm and well-being (Mason 2001).
We truly believe that easing anxiety naturally is possible and we hope that through this research, you’ll be able to find an option that fits right for you. Living free from the heavy burden of constant anxiety is possible and we’ve seen these natural remedies transform lives. This year, we hope your holiday season is filled with peace and happiness.