For many people, this year's medical and political happenings, have sent anxiety levels over the top. Between family, work, and daily life, it's important to have means of keeping anxiety at bay. It's not always safe or cost-effective to use prescription medication. Fortunately, there are several ways to naturally treat anxiety that tend to be very useful. Putting some or even all of these techniques into practice is possible with minimal expense and effort.

  1. Herbal Supplements

Herbal supplements such as lemon balm and Passionflower assist with anxiety reduction. There are a variety of options available in numerous forms. For example, Thrive Patch can help by improving mood, decreasing appetite and increasing energy. You can also get capsules, gummies, or herbal tea, just to name a few. Consult a doctor before beginning supplements, as some can interact with other medications you may be taking.

  1. Meditation

There are many different meditation styles; most emphasize maintaining a focus. All can help to calm racing thoughts and provide you a sense of well-being. Mindful meditation is growing in popularity because it's easy and versatile; you can do it anywhere and combine it with other activities (e.g., walking, washing dishes, gardening). The main objective of mindfulness is to be in the present. Don't reflect on the past, don't worry about the future. Just concentrate on your current activity. If you're taking a walk, focus on the sound of your footsteps, the feeling of the breeze in your hair, take in the aroma of freshly cut grass, pay attention to the birds for a change.

  1. Exercise

Studies have shown that burning off some steam is a big help for many people to alleviate anxiety. Whether it's vigorous exercise such as aerobics or running, or a medium-paced walk, it can make a significant difference. Ideally, you'll add mindful meditation into your workout for added benefit. Simply taking the time to walk each day makes a world of difference for many people.

  1. Time Management

If you have a career, family and other things going on in your life, it's bound to be stressful at times. Problems with time management can be a significant issue for many people, especially with a busy schedule. Developing a plan for each day, listing a couple of goals, and focusing only on one task at a time (no multitasking) will help you mitigate stress. You may even find that you're more productive.

  1. Cannabidiol Oil

CBD oil originates from the cannabis (aka marijuana) plant. However, it doesn't contain tetrahydrocannabinol, more commonly known as THC, the substance that produces the "high." CBD oil is legal and readily available without a prescription. It's a safe and natural alternative that works wonders for some people. Most CBD consumers have no adverse side effects. This can be a comfort for people who experience bad effects on anti-anxiety medications.

  1. Aromatherapy

Smelling essential oil aroma helps encourage relaxation and elevate mood. Lavender and ylang ylang are incredibly useful calming agents. Studies show that smelling specific plant oils' soothing scent may temporarily decrease heart rate while promoting better sleep long-term. Basil and citrus tend to be uplifting, increasing energy levels. There are many ways to employ aromatherapy (e.g., oil warmers, skin lotions, pillow sprays). Experiment with different scents and methods to find your perfect combination.

  1. Pets

Pets can provide you with love, support and companionship if you simply give them the same. Anxiety and depression can be reduced by having an animal in your life, especially if you live alone. Snuggling with your dog or hearing your cat's purrs can enhance your overall daily happiness.

  1. Writing

Anxiety can also be minimized by jotting down a few lines each day. Journaling helps some people cope with their feelings. Creative writing can serve by diverting focus away from negative matters and expending some creative energy. Creativity also increases self-esteem, which can boost mood and reduce anxiety.

No one has the time or energy to deal with stress and anxiety these days. Untreated anxiety is likely to become more problematic over time, affecting numerous aspects of life. Implement some of these practices into your life, and you're likely to see some benefits right away.