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Natural Holistic Remedies for Anxiety, Stress and Depression

Hi there! Thanks for being here and reading my articles. This article is one of the many homeless orphans from my Yahoo repertoire since its closing, and my blog seemed like the best home for it.   Please be patient, as I’m still updating links and adding new places for them. There are tons to weed through, so if a link doesn’t work, please know I am working on it 🙂 Your patience is much appreciated!

So, on with the holistic remedies for anxiety stress and depression! (lol…I may have to use some of these modalities myself dealing with all this stress of moving all my articles!!)

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There are so many natural and holistic remedies for all types of maladies these days that it is difficult to weed through all the bad or mis-information strewn across the web.

This series of articles, “Natural Holistic Remedies” will address only the “best of”, either through personal experience or gathered from trusted sources. I’ve been studying these types of holistic cures and aids for over 25 years and have discovered many new concepts as well as debunking some older (and some newer ones too). See the first article in the series Natural Holistic Remedies for Shingles here. (non working link) also check out : Essential oils for depression, using aromatherapy as a mood regulator;

More and more these days, plants are finding a medicinal purpose in our lives, people like natural cures rather than subjecting themselves to harsh man-made chemicals and pills, also keep in mind that around 30% of the ingredients that are added in conventional medicine are extracted from natural resources like plants and herbs. Holistic remedies are becoming more commonplace in the medical field and even many scientists after years of testing are concluding that alternative medicine is making headway as a tool in the “every-man’s preventative medicine chest”.

Anxiety, stress and depression are almost at record levels in our country, who knows if it’s because of the economy, the stressful atmospheres and workplaces we subject ourselves to, or even home-life? It could be a combination of all of these things. In any case, we are an over anxious, depressed society in desperate need of fresh air, nature, a good diet, some fun time, and most certainly restful sleep. A balance of these can make a world of difference.

Most people don’t think about it, but our diets, how we sleep, how much we work, to how much water we drink, especially with an excess of preservatives, sugar, nasty sugar substitutes, coffee, alcohol and/or junk foods can add to major imbalances in our mental and physical states of being. No matter the cause, there is hope…and without resorting to some of those more dangerous synthetic drugs.

Anxiety, stress and depression can have real life consequences and devastating effects on our spirits, minds and bodies that affect not only the entire scope of our lives, but those around us as well.

Our bodies house our whole self...including our spirit, and we should all treat our bodies with the deep respect we deserve, and we can feel better inside and out.

This is dealing with our problems ‘holistically” -including the “whole body” – mind, body and spirit- together, by using natural remedies and holistic aids, we are honoring our “whole-selves”.

First —–>Focus on the things you are thinking about…

Take notice of your thoughts fully, not in an over analyzing way, but notice when they get negative or self deprecating…or even if you notice anxious thoughts trying to rush in, just STOP immediately.

Take a deep breath.

Take another….

And another….

Then smile and tell yourself how wonderful and magical you are.

You are so special, and unique.

There is only ONE of you,

and there will only ever be ONE of you.

How beautiful, fantastic and glorious!

How marvelous that each of us are unique and spectacular creatures, all of us with individual characteristics that make each one of us so special, no two are alike !

And know this…….You are so loved.

No matter what…you are still loved.

Now, go on with your fabulous self and make each day count.

Do at least one good thing for yourself every single day.

And be sure read on to find more ways to combat anxiety and depression naturally.

 

Aromatherapy and Essential Oils for anxiety & depression:

Stop and Smell the Roses/ Get Refreshed by Nature's Energies

Essential oils are amazing. I’ve been using them and studying them for over 25 years, and still have only a small working knowledge of their wondrous attributes. They can help with so many things it’s no wonder they have been used for centuries, and knowledge of their uses have been passed down for ages .

Those little drops of miracles pack more punch in one drop than any other form of natural medicine.

There are many ways to use these wonderful little helpers for anxiety and depression.

If you’ve never used essential oils before, read a primer I wrote on essential oils, what they are and the difference between therapeutic grade and most “on the market” essential oils called Many Helpful Suggestions on Uses of Essential Oils  before delving into this article, it will save you lots of questions.

To see how essential oils can help with depression and anxiety see: Can Essential Oils Help with Depression & Anxiety? Using Aromatherapy as a Mood Regulator.

More natural ways to fight anxiety and depression:

 -Exercise!walking © Andrzej Burak

There’s nothing like the euphoric feeling of natural endorphins coursing through your system after physical exertion and exercise, they don’t call it “runner’s high” for nothing. And you don’t even have to actually run to get that “runner’s high” either…any form of physical exertion that gets your heart pumping will work wonders for your over-all morale, and a regular exercise program can  permanently change your state of mind, while bettering your body and spirit. Just getting outside and walking through the park can add a great deal of happiness to your day.

See my article “Feel Great, Lose Weight and Boost Metabolism” for more info.

 

– Herbal Supplements:

There are an abundance of resources on herbal remedies and supplements for anxiety and depression, and most I’ve seen are pretty good. Some herbs I know of off-hand that work well for stress, depression and anxiety include;

St. John’s Wort, Lavender, Chamomile tea, Valerian, Passionflower, Ginseng, and Lemon balm to name a few.

St Johns Wort can help with mild depression but medication and remedies can only help with the symptoms of depression — not the cause. Talk to a professional therapist who can help deal with the cause to find out the root causes of your depression and anxiety.
 Also…..Some of the Bach Flower Remedies deal with anxiety as well – you could check out
http://www.bachcentre.com/centre/remedie…
http://www.bachflower.com/7_Groups.htm

-Omega-3 fatty acids:

Many doctors – whether Holistic, Alternative, Eastern or Western types- recommend adding Omega-3 fatty acids to our diets…it’s great for EVERYONE!!! Whether through supplements or part of a healthy diet consisting of fatty fish 2-to-3 times per week. Omega-3 Fatty acids are helpful for aiding depression, and many times are used as treatment for ADD-ADHD Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Arthritis, and many other maladies as well.

 

Emotional Freedom Technique

Many have anxiety and depression and have used an alternative therapy called Emotional Freedom Technique and it has really worked for many, and helped loads of people who rave about it. It’s very good at getting rid of all kinds of negative emotions and dealing with all kinds of issues quickly. It does sound bizarre but does work. Might be something that can help you.

 

– Diet & Nutrition:

Most of us don’t think about our food intake much, just when we’re hungry or thirsty, and what we eat or drink can have a large impact on not only our physical bodies and minds, but our mental states and spiritual states as well.

First and foremost…DRINK PLENTY OF WATER  everyday!

This is great for your entire body, mind and soul! Pure water is amazing for you. A great way to decide how much water your body actually needs is to figure your weight, cut it in half, and drink that many ounces of water per day. For instance, if you are 100 pounds, drink 50 oz of water per day. There are tons of resources across the world that are easy to find on the benefits of staying hydrated, and how water is helping literally every single cell in your body.

When it comes to our diet—- sugar, sugar substitutes, coffee, alcohol and/or junk foods are the first things we should cut out or at least try to cut back on majorly to bring our “spirit’s up”. These tend to give us a false sense of well-being for very short time periods and we end up crashing…you know the drill… “gotta’ have that coffee in the morning to get me going”…isn’t going to really work after a couple hours.

Wouldn’t you rather have sustained energy and a good feeling about what you’re putting into your bodies? Try tea first thing, and add a vitamin packed smoothie or protein shake in the morning. It’s true that eating lots of nuts, beans and vegetables high in magnesium, especially leafy green vegetables and avoiding spicy foods can aid in fighting depression.

So yeah, I know it’s tough because everything seems to have it, but no sugar, and especially NO processed foods, alcohol or super spicy foods. And be sure to eat lots of fresh veges and fruits along with proteins in a balanced way. There are literally thousands of sites dedicated to what types of food help with anxiety and depression. A quick search will give you hundreds of balanced diet plans.

A wonderful website I found on treating anxiety and depression with nutrition and diet is at; Diet Treatment for Anxiety and Depressionhttp://www.ctds.info/anxiety_depression.html, also a great book

is; Nutrition Against Disease by Dr. Roger J. Williams.

 

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Our bodies house our spirit’s and we should all treat our bodies with more respect, we would feel better inside and out.

This is dealing with our problems ‘holistically” -including the “whole body” – mind, body and spirit- together, by using natural remedies and holistic aids, we are honoring our “whole-selves”.

And never give up hope, you are definitely NOT alone, many, many people deal with this everyday, and a wide variety of websites, info. and help is out there.

HELP is out there:earth-and-moon

Find the Light.net; http://www.findthelight.net/

Crisis Hotlines; http://www.findingdulcinea.com/guides/Health/Anxiety-and-Depression.pg_04.html

Healing from Depression; http://www.healingfromdepression.com/links.htm

Facebook groups and communities: Dealing with Depression search

 

RESOURCES AND RECOMMENDATIONS:

Consumer Health.org:http://www.consumerhealth.org/articles/display.cfm?ID=20011005221948

Essential Oils Can Help with Depression & Anxiety? Using Aromatherapy as a Mood Regulator.

Many Helpful Suggestions on Uses of Essential Oils 

Diet Treatment for Anxiety and Depression

Natural Healing for Depression by James Strohecker

Nutrition Against Disease by Dr. Roger J. Williams.

 

MORE READING:

Bach Flower Remedies
http://www.bachcentre.com/centre/remedie…
http://www.bachflower.com/7_Groups.htm

YOGA information

Pilates Information

Calorie Burning Calculator

Types of exercise info

Exercise FAQ

Feel Great, Lose Weight and Boost Metabolism”

Emotional Freedom Technique http://www.emofree.com

 

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