What are some natural remedies to help one calm down?

I get very jittery and anxious sometimes and I need ways to calm myself. I’m looking for alternative medicine because nothing else has worked. What I used to get for these attacks started giving me seizures so I can’t take them anymore and my insurance will no longer cover mental health so…what can I do?

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  • vistamack

    stress can cause anitiety

    HeartMath: HeartMath is both the name of a research institute in Boulder Creek, California, and a system of mind/body medicine developed by the researchers there that is based on the heart’s innate intelligence and ability to create healing and relieve stress when it is properly paid attention to.

    The benefits of the HeartMath techniques have been verified by heart rate variability (HRV) studies that measure heart rhythm and heartbeat rates. Your heart rate changes throughout the day, becoming rapid and even erratic during times of heightened, stressful emotion, and relaxed and slower during times of peace and joy. Learning to control your heart rate can therefore dramatically improve your ability to handle stress. Training people how to do this is the goal of the techniques developed at the HeartMath Institute. Their research has shown that when these techniques are practiced regularly, levels of stress in the body are lowered and accompanied by a reduction of cortisol and other stress-hormones, as well as blood pressure levels. In addition, the HeartMath techniques have been clinical proven to enhance mood and improve cognitive function.

    One of these techniques is known as Freeze-Frame. It is comprised of five steps and enables practitioners to quickly replace negative thoughts and emotions with positive experiences of appreciation, joy, and love. Here are the steps involved:
    Become aware of your stressful feelings and "freeze" them, literally taking a "time-out" from whatever it is you were previously thinking or doing.
    Shift your attention away from what’s troubling you to focus on your heart. Visualize yourself breathing in and out of your heart for at least ten seconds.
    Now allow yourself to recall a past experience of joy or pleasure and immerse yourself within it as if it were reoccurring in the present.
    Once you are reconnected to these positive feelings, ask your heart how to most appropriately and effectively respond to the previous situation that was troubling you.
    Heed your intuition and the answer that comes to you and act upon the solution you were given as soon as possible.
    Herbal Medicine: Useful herbs for relieving stress include chamomile, which helps dissolve tension and encourage relaxation, reduce feelings of anxiety and distress, as well as promoting healthier sleep. Chamomile is also helpful for soothing gastrointestinal disorders that can contribute to or result from stress.

    Passionflower is another useful herb for stress relief, and is also effective for lowering elevated blood pressure levels and for relieving spasms. Valerian root can be used, especially for stress caused by unresolved emotions and/or sleep problems.

    American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) can be helpful, as well, because of its ability to act as an adaptogen, meaning that it helps to balance various body functions while simultaneously increasing resistance to stress. It can also help to improve stress caused by mental and emotional upset.
    Meditation: Meditation has been scientifically shown to relieve stress, as well as to improve overall health and immune function, and to reduce the pain and suffering caused by chronic disease. In fact, in 1984, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommended meditation as the more appropriate and effective choice for treating mild cases of high blood pressure, instead of commonly prescribed blood pressure medications. Meditation can offer new insights and improved coping strategies, better enabling you to meet the challenges of the day. Some types of meditation, such as Transcendental Meditation (TM), have even been shown to produce deeper states of physical relaxation than ordinary sleep.

    Although there are many types of meditation practices to choose from, all of them have one thing in common: focused attention on the breath. If you are new to meditation, you can begin by sitting up straight yet comfortably and closing your eyes. Place your attention on your breathing as you inhale and exhale. Each time you find your attention starting to wander, simply refocus on your breath. Though doing so may seem difficult initially, with practice it will become easier and easier, and you will easily spend 20 to 30 minutes meditating in this manner. The key is to be gentle with yourself and not force. At first, you may find yourself unable to sit still for more than a few minutes. If that is the case, don’t continue. Instead, each day seek to add to the length of your meditation practice until you reach your goal of 20 to 30 minutes per session.

    Relaxation Exercises: Practicing exercises that help your body and mind to relax can quickly release feelings of stress and tension. Here is an example of a relaxation exercise that you can easily make part of your daily health routine:
    Sit in a quiet room with dim lighting, with your feet flat on the ground.
    Close your eyes and focus on your breath. Gently begin to breathe deeply in and

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  • Anonymous

    Valerian root, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), 5-HTP, kava kava, L-theanine, rhodiola and acetyl-L-carnitine are well-regarded within alternative/natural medicine for the treatment of stress and the "brain fog" that often accompanies it. I would recommend 5-HTP for potent stress relief, but long-term daily use is discouraged; consider it a short-term treatment for times of more severe anxiety.

    Anxiety can be caused (or worsened) by a vitamin deficiency; magnesium, omega 3 and B-vitamins are of particular importance to emotional well-being. It would be useful to have your blood tested to measure vitamin levels; understand, though, that modern Western vitamin requirements are quite a bit lower than those recommended by alternative medicine. Doses that fall closer to the alternative benchmark usually provide faster, more apparent improvement. I would look to those resources (alternative) for this issue.

    Before you try anything, check for possible contraindications (conflicts with your other prescription and OTC drugs).

    Best wishes to you.

  • Mr. Ed

    I take 450mg Valerian root at nigh to help me relax and fall asleep, the kind I have also containe a proprietary "calming blend" of some other herbs. Valerian root has been called the herbal Valium so it definitly works, at least it does for me.

  • lightspeed21

    You might want to try Skullcap Tea. It helps relieve anxiety and nervous tension.

    More info here:

  • Hyacinth

    Bach rescue remedy made from flowers is non toxic, cannot over dose.
    Health food store carries it. In bottle with dropper. take 4 drops under the tongue as needed every 15 minutes. It works right away if you hold it under the tongue for a few seconds.

    then there is Valerian root that is very calming.
    but it smells so bad in tea form, it smells like dog doo.

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