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Naturally treat the symptoms of anxiety and depression
I’ve had some requests on wanting to learn more about some natural options for help with anxiety and depression, so I spent some time doing a little research on different ways to ease anxiety and depression symptoms naturally. I wanted to find some solutions that would help with symptoms, but in a healthy way.
While gathering all my knowledge, I came up with four different categories of ideas. These can be used together or individually, depending on what your symptoms are, and how you’re feeling in the moment. Use them independently, or as a supplement to your current treatment.
Some of these you can work into your daily or weekly routine, and others you can try for when your symptoms flare up and you need an extra lift.
All of these are easy and practical ideas that anyone can try.
I’m not going to go over everything in each category, most are pretty self explanatory. Each category is broken down separately, with a list of ideas for each one. I thought this would be the best and easiest way to break everything down.
At the bottom of the post, I’ve included a link for you to download a copy of these lists. Then all you have to do is print it out, and hang it up where you’ll see it every day! It’s a great way to help you remember, and you can use it to keep track of what works vs. what doesn’t work too.
The four categories include:
- Miscellaneous tips and ideas
- Foods for mental health
- Essential Oils
With that being said, let’s skip the fluff and get to the good stuff!
Ease anxiety and depression symptoms naturally and easily
Miscellaneous tips and ideas –
Easy and effective, this is a list of things I have either tried myself, or would like to try. Some have been recommended by others. Everyone is different, so you may have to try a few to see what works best for you. This is just a list of ideas I put together. Browse the list, find the ones you like, and go from there!
- Go for a walk
- Find a good book to read
- Practice mindful thinking
- Journal your thoughts
- Reach out to your counselor/support group
- Try some aromatherapy using a diffuser
- Start a blog
- Take a mental health day if needed
- Listen to some upbeat music
- Try a Himalayan salt lamp
- Do some gardening
- Practice positive affirmations
- Take a hot, relaxing bath
- Consider adopting a pet to keep you company
Don’t forget the importance of practicing self care!
Foods for mental health –
A great way to ease anxiety and depression symptoms naturally is with healthy food options. Good for the mind, body and soul, these foods have amazing benefits. Enhance your mood, relax and feel more energetic with this list of delicious options. Add them to your favorite meals, or eat them as a snack in between.
- Lemon water
- Chamomile tea
- Acai berries
- Leafy greens
- Whole grains
- Maca root
- Dark chocolate
- Sweet potatoes
Vitamins and Supplements –
Vitamins and supplements are something you can add to your every day routine. Take them in the morning, or at bedtime, whichever works best.
I recommend checking with your physician before starting any vitamin or supplement. They’ll be able to advise you on which ones can be taken together, proper dosing, etc.
- Omega 3 fatty acids
- Vitamin B12
- Amino acids
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin C
- Valerian root
- Passion flower
Essential Oils –
Not only do essential oils smell amazing, they have tons of mood lifting properties. Use them to reduce stress and anxiety, to feel calm and relaxed, even motivated and energized!
There are several different ways to use essential oils. From diffusers to linen spray, and even candles, they make the perfect aromatherapy for relaxing your mind and body.
- Clary sage
- Ylang ylang
As you can see, in my pursuit of finding ways to ease anxiety and depression symptoms naturally, I have found all kinds of things to try. For any of you who have been looking for different ideas, I hope this list will help you as much as it’s helped me!
If you know of anyone else who could benefit from these ideas, pass them along! There are so many out there struggling, and if there are natural ways to treat anything that can benefit anxiety and depression symptoms, I’m all for it.
I printed out a copy of this list to hang on my fridge for easy reference. It’s a great way to help remind me of what I can do to feel healthier and less anxious. I also like having the list of foods, that way I’ll know what I need to pick up when I do my grocery shopping.
I’ve provided a free printable list for you, so you can have these ideas on hand. Just click the link below to download your free copy, and then all you need to do is print it out! It’s exactly like the one you see below.
Is there anything you do regularly to help with your symptoms? I’d love to have more ideas to add to my list, so please feel free to share! Or if you’ve tried some of these on the list, let me know which ones worked for you.