Natural Ways to Cope With Anxiety

Over the past year, I have been working hard to get my anxiety under wraps. It is extremely draining, mentally and physically, to battle with all that anxiety can throw it you on a daily basis. I have really been searching for something to help with it and I have tried A LOT of different methods. I am sharing some of the natural ways to cope with anxiety that I have found truly work that best.

There are plenty of ways to deal with anxiety. Here is a list of a few natural ways to cope with anxiety from someone who has been there. I am not writing this to say that I think prescribed medication is the devil or that I think people should stay away from prescription treatments for anxiety. As someone who has extensively studied prescription treatments for mental disorders in my Masters program, I can only say that it was not a path that I wanted to choose. I have always been more of a natural girl in that sense. I rarely even take medication for a headache, and I am a migraine sufferer.

To those struggling with anxiety, I hope that some of these help you or add to your list of things that help you deal with the beast.

Natural Ways to Cope With Anxiety

  1. Essential Oils: There is some debate as to what essential oils actually do for you, and the FDA is not their biggest fan. For me, I can’t say that essential oils cure anxiety by any means. However, I have found that they really helped to ease my stressful triggers when I felt my anxiety rising. A sweet friend of mine made me a few rollerballs that I carry around with me, and some of the oils in those that I noticed a difference with are Lavender, Bergamot, Chamomile, andΒ Frankincense. I have a rollerball with me everywhere I go, and it is serious a lifesaver in situations where my anxiety might try to get the best of me.
  2. Mantras: Finding a mantra to repeat to yourself when you feel an anxiety attack coming can do wonders to calm you down. One of my favorites is a verse,Β Psalm 94:19, that says, “In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.” It has calmed me down during full-blown panic attacks, helped to soothe my mind when I can’t sleep.
  3. Acupuncture: I tried this a few times when I was about five or six months postpartum. I was not a huge fan at first (hello, needles). After a few sessions, I noticed a big difference especially during and after the treatments. I was a lot calmer, and the results of that lasted for a few days. I went twice a week, so it seemed to help for a little while. My acupuncturist also gave me some herbal medicine to take as tea, which I felt helped a lot more than the acupuncture to be honest. It was her own concoction, with ingredients that I couldn’t even try to explain. However, talk to your acupuncturist if they also do herbal powder mixes.Β 
  4. Cortisol Blockers: These are the most “unnatural” if you will, in that they are a pill. But you don’t need a prescription for them and they only work naturally with your body to help you sleep better. My naturopathic doctor got them for me when I told him I did not want to try any type of prescription drugs.
  5. Prayer: I have found that the power of prayer can do amazing things for someone who struggles with anxiety. I am a believer in the strength that is found in the Lord, and during my darkest times of postpartum, prayer saved me.

*Here’s to finding natural and safe ways to help deal with anxiety*

joanna at motherhood and merlot

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  1. I love posts like this – I will take any tips or ideas to deal with daily anxiety. I love my oils and need to use them more. Prayer for sure and fitness help me too. Thank you for your honesty – you are not alone!

  2. I’ve never tried a cortisol blocker, interesting idea. Lavender does tend to help take the edge off my stress. I recently got some lavender oil and it is really nice. I’ve never been an oil person so it was a pleasant surprise.

  3. Oils, mantras, and prayer are my go to combo for stress. I started journaling and writing down my daily gratitudes and positive things that happened in my day. That helps a lot too! Thank you for sharing your story ?

  4. I deal with anxiety too, especially these past months – wonderful tips! Prayer, prayer, prayer is key and I type out “mantras” and sometimes bible versus and put them where I can see them. Positive reminders help me calm down. Thanks for this great article!

  5. I try my best to use natural methods for most things ever since I was pregnant with my son. I have been getting into essential oils pretty slowly but I love that there are so many options I can use to help my son also. But I do think that prayer is definitely the best option!

  6. Thank you for this, Joanna! I think it’s so important to realize that there are other options outside of taking medications. This is something that I’m exploring myself for my postpartum depression.

  7. Great suggestions!!!! Essential oils help
    With my anxiety sometimes… but things like meditation can really work wonders!

  8. I’ve been experiencing tremendous anxiety and panic attacks along with some mental issues dealing with my speech and memory and I share the same desire to try all other methods before I seek out prescription options. Essential oils is a great tip! I also have begun…BEGUN meditation…I say that because it IS NOT easy, it takes discipline but wow can it pull me out of a very dark place. My mantra is “You’re fine. You’ve got this.” And “This is out of your control and thats ok. Just let it be.” Thank you for posting Joanna. We need more awareness and positive outlets!
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  9. I really enjoy a 10 minute guided meditation too (plenty of free ones on youtube). I think if you find a “natural” treatment that works for you then that’s fine – it doesn’t matter what the science says, so long as it works for you personally πŸ˜‰

    1. Also Joanna, it got to the point for me I was have anxiety daily. And my husband even started looking into threads and forums because it was getting so bad. He found a connection with caffeine and I gave up caffeine after. It’s night and day difference.

  10. I love these approaches! I find my anxiety is way worse around that time of the month, and clary sage seems to help. I have purchased Clary Calm by Doterra and it really takes the edge off. (I like their oils but they are really expensive so I only purchase some I can’t get elsewhere.)

    I also try to do something I enjoy to take my mind off of my worries like knitting or coloring.
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  11. Thanks so much for sharing! I as well last year became an anxiety sufferer. I do a lot of praying, st johns wart and keep my mind busy. I my self am going to grow some lavender because I’ve heard that it works well. I hope all is well with you. Your a strong woman!

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