I am prone to stress-related anxiety, in other words, I do not deal with stress well. I am moving, which is stressful in and of itself, but I am also under extreme stress to earn enough money for my bills and the move. This is the time I turn to my supplements to calm me, help me think clearly and let me sleep. Along with certain exercises, such as yoga and walking, these are my best friends during this stressful time.
Sleep is Essential When Stressed
When I am stressed, I cannot sleep well because my mind refuses to shut down. A sleepy Deborah is a grumpy, anxious Deborah. There are three things that help me avoid finding myself tossing and turning all night.
- Calcium-Magnesium-Zinc supplements help relax your muscles and ease anxiety. My article that covers this supplement in detail is linked at the end of the article.
- Sleepytime Tea by Celestial Seasonings – I have tried many relaxing tea blends, but this is the only one that truly works for me. Its ingredients are chamomile, spearmint, lemongrass, Tilia flowers, blackberry leaves, orange blossoms, Hawthorne and rosebuds. This alone doesn’t put me to sleep, but it relaxes me so that the next supplement works faster.
- Valerian root puts you to sleep and, more importantly, keeps you asleep. Some recommend 400 mg, but I find that’s too much. I have 125 mg capsules, and two usually works. If I am not asleep in 30 minutes, I take another.
Controlling Anxiety and Anger
Anxiety can turn to anger when I am stressed, especially if I am not sleeping well. These are the calming supplements I use to keep from letting anxiety turn me into a wailing banshee.
- Omega-3 fatty acids not only fight depression, but one study found that 2.5 mg a day of omega-3 fatty acids taken for at least 12 weeks reduces anxiety. I take supplements because of the toxins in cold water fish, but the choice is up to you.
- Theanine is a natural relaxant found in green and black tea or in supplement form. The recommended dose is 200 mg per day.
- Taurine and Phosphaticulserine are two natural anxiolytic amino acids which relax the central nervous system by increasing dopamine.
Meditation, exercise and deep breathing are other methods that help relieve anxiety. Using these helpers together with supplements for your anxiety can calm you and make it easier for you to deal with life stressors.
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