Deal­ing with anx­i­ety the nat­u­ral way

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - Hindustan Times (Jaipur) - City - - Time Out - An­jali Mukherji, nu­tri­tion­ist

Don’t worry be happy’ is eas­ier said than done, for anx­i­ety spares no one. When unchecked and un­con­trolled, it can even drive a per­son to de­pres­sion. Ex­ces­sive worry is a key symp­tom of anx­i­ety. Amongst most peo­ple, anx­i­ety is a tem­po­rary state that dis­si­pates af­ter some time. Or­di­nary anx­i­ety is a prod­uct of cir­cum­stance and dis­ap­pears af­ter some time. As one re-ad­justs to changed cir­cum­stances, gains con­trol over the anx­i­ety-pro­duc­ing en­vi­ron­ment and comes to terms with al­tered re­la­tion­ships, the clouds of anx­i­ety slowly drift away. Clin­i­cal anx­i­ety, on the other hand, can de­velop into pho­bias, ob­ses­sive­com­pul­sive syn­drome and post­trau­matic stress. Clin­i­cal anx­i­ety re­quires med­i­cal treat­ment. If unchecked, it can be­come deep rooted and have se­ri­ous reper­cus­sions. Herbal reme­dies like Kahwa tea and chamomile tea help soothe frayed nerves. Kahwa is essen­tially a mus­cle re­lax­ant and is also rec­om­mended for men­strual cramps. It is a nat­u­ral rem­edy for stress, ner­vous­ness and over­worked peo­ple. Kahwa is not ad­dic­tive and calms the ner­vous sys­tem with­out in­ter­fer­ing with men­tal alert­ness. How­ever, if you are al­ready tak­ing an­tide­pres­sants or med­i­ca­tion that af­fects the cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem, con­sult your doc­tor be­fore us­ing Kahwa. Chamomile is a herb that has a sooth­ing, se­dat­ing ef­fect on the body. It is also known for its an­ti­spas­modic ef­fect on the gas­troin­testi­nal tract. It is not habit-form­ing nor is it toxic. How­ever, some peo­ple can be al­ler­gic to it. Just one cup of brewed tea should help calm your frayed nerves. Good nu­tri­tion habits and sleep­ing pat­terns can also help com­bat anx­i­ety. Peo­ple suf­fer­ing from anx­i­ety need to main­tain a spe­cial diet that em­pha­sises on re­plac­ing nu­tri­ents lost dur­ing stress­ful pe­ri­ods. Anx­i­ety pa­tients of­ten eat enough, but not the right kind of food. Re­fined and junk food cre­ates stress on the sys­tem, as does sug­ary and fried food. Caf­feine, nico­tine and al­co­hol do more harm than good.


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