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10 Simple Ways to Ease Anxiety

10 Simple Ways to Ease Anxiety

When your nerves are stretched like rubber bands and your pulse rate is all awry, don’t panic! Just follow a few of these simple tips and you will soon feel relief.

  • Have a cup of chamomile tea. Coffee increases heart rate and can aggravate anxiety.
  • Chew on cardamom seeds. This fragrant spice has been used for centuries to treat a variety of physical and emotional ailments. Bonus: it will freshen your breath!
  • Seek the soothing goodness of roses. Have rose hip tea, spritz some organic rose water on your face (eyes closed), or have a glass of rose-flavored lassi or shake. The fragrance and the tenderness of this power flower will have you smiling in no time.
  • Breathe deeply, for a good five minutes. It’s the single most effective way to calm frayed nerves.
  • Phone a friend—and pour it all out. Just listening to a well-loved voice works wonders for the mind and heart.
  • Have a bowl of oatmeal. Very comforting, because whole grain releases serotonin, the feel-good neurotransmitter.
  • Surprise: drinking a tall glass of water can ease anxiety. That’s because ‘irrigating’ your system is known to ease stress.
  • Don’t reach for a gooey doughnut when you’re nervous or upset. It will only make your blood sugar levels fluctuate and increase cortisol, the stress hormone.
  • Walk away from stress. Get out into the open, and you’ll find solace in connecting with nature. The blue sky above, birdsong, or even a stroll along the street help you calm down.
  • Try some gentle yoga poses that involve tilting your head down. This increases the flow of blood to your brain, and delivers more oxygen and nutrients to your thyroid. The result: you feel the anxiety melt away.

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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4:41AM PST on Nov 12, 2013

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8:16PM PDT on Sep 6, 2013

anxiety used to be a big part of my life. If I could only go back and tell the young person I was that IT is ok, and I am ok. to tell the young person I was that nobody's perfect, and I needed to let go of unrealistic expectations and especially to drive away my inner critic. IT'S OK AND YOU'LL BE OK.

4:20PM PDT on Sep 2, 2013

I have so many issues with anxiety, thanks so much for this.

11:37AM PDT on Aug 2, 2013


12:54AM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

Thank you Shubhra.

12:49AM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

thanks for the tips! i love the phone a friend, drink water, and yoga tips the best.

4:12PM PST on Mar 1, 2013


10:53AM PST on Feb 12, 2013

Thanks for the tips.

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