Anxiety is a hot button issue it seems.  I don’t know if it’s because we are living such harried and crazy lives, if we all just expect more out of life because of the onslaught “happiness” we see on social media , or because we are so badly wanting to have it all, we’re making ourselves go crazy.  Whatever the reasons are, I will admit I’ve had my share of anxiety there is no shame in it and no reason to live with it.

I did go the pharmaceutical route once and I don’t think there is anything wrong with it.  I tried something my doctor prescribed after a family member was diagnosed with a grade 3 brain tumor and I became a caregiver overnight.  I didn’t like the way the medicine made me feel and that’s what led me to talk with a therapist about some natural remedies.  Now remember, this is not professional medical advice.  Always talk to your doctor before trying anything new.

My go-to when I start to feel the anxiety setting in something called GABA.  According to GABA “is a neurotransmitter that sends chemical messages through the brain and the nervous system, and is involved in regulating communication between brain cells.  For me, it works!  I take a pill and I feel the anxiety melt away quickly.

Another more natural alternative is called L-Theanine, which really works best in conjunction with GABA.  L-Theanine promotes relaxation and facilitates sleep by contributing to a number of changes in the brain, so take this at night.

B Vitamin is a trick I learned from my mom.  She always told me to take a B12 when I was feeling nervous.  Turns out moms do know best it’s now noted that B-complex supplements contain all the B vitamins that your body needs. Many are vital to a healthy nervous system.

Lastly, is 5-HTP.  This is one that I have talked to therapists about that they swear by when used in conjunction with other therapies.  I haven’t tried this, but I trust these therapist completely.  5-HTP It’s a precursor to serotonin, that’s the “happiness neurotransmitter” in the human brain.

Of course there are always the oldies but goodies of tea, lavender, a hot bath, exercise and mindful breathing, but if you need to take it a step farther, but aren’t ready to go the pharmaceutical route, these may be a good start.  Again, ask your doc before taking anything new.