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6. Green Tea
Some people have said that they watched Buddhist monks meditate for hours on end and remain alert, yet relaxed. Perhaps one of the many things that made this possible was the amino acid in their green tea. Research shows that this important amino acid, called L-theanine, lowers heart rate, blood pressure, and anxiety. Adding lemon to your tea can increase the amount of amino acids your body can absorb so drink up! Just be sure to drink freshly brewed tea as the bottled stuff has no nutritional benefits.
Yes, we know it’s in beer but we’re not suggesting you drink beer daily. The compound in hops that you need to calm you down is a very volatile oil that you need to use in the way of tinctures or extracts. You could even buy an aromatherapy pillow filled with the calming scent of hops. In and of themselves, hops are very, very bitter, so you won’t see it much in the way of tea, unless you can find some that has been combined with chamomile or mint.
Although many herbal supplements calm you without making you sleepy, such as green tea, while others can make you quite drowsy. Valerian is definitely one of those that can induce sleep. It’s well known for its sedative compounds and is commonly used for those with insomnia. Most people take valerian as a pill, rather than a tea, because the fact is, valerian smells kinda nasty. Take it in the evenings before bedtime. You often find valerian combined with other types of sedative type herbs such as chamomile or hops. Read also how to store herbs and spices right.
9. Try a Forest Bath
The word for this in Japanese is shinrin-yoku, which literally means “forest bath.” In English, we call it a walk in the woods. The Japanese did a study that measured changes in people who spent 20 minutes a day in a beautiful forest, walking amidst the beautiful, earthy smells. Those who took a forest bath daily had much fewer stress hormones than those who took their walks in urban settings.
10. Make it Hot
Ever notice how relaxed you feel after using a sauna or taking a soak in a hot bath? Heating up the muscles reduces tension and anxiety. Warming up your body, and relaxing with a nice hot cup of tea, relaxes you and boosts your mood. Many people associate feeling warm with good feelings and a sense of relaxation. Think lying on the beach in the sun, or sitting in a Jacuzzi after work. Even the thought makes you smile, doesn’t it? Try anything that warms up your body, hot showers, hot baths, and a blazing fire, to see if it doesn’t help calm your anxiety.