Anxiety is part of our body’s natural stress response – having a sense of worry or dread would have once warned us about life-threatening dangers.
But while there may not be as many predators in the modern world, anxiety can still arise in our bodies in much the same way, causing the same hormones to pump and strike a very real sense of terror, worry, fear or dread into those who suffer from it.
There are many reasons behind why different people might suffer from anxiety, as well as many different types of anxiety.
Gender also plays a part: women are almost twice as likely to suffer than men. But, with over 8 million people a year suffering with anxiety in the UK alone, it is nothing to feel ashamed about.
Anxiety might arise from trauma, current stressors to do with work or home life or from health issues, including if you have started taking any new drugs or medications recently.
Anxiety in itself can be a symptom of a broader issue, such as a phobia or post-traumatic stress disorder, so it is always worth seeking professional help and advice and remembering that we all need help sometimes.
Luckily, there are a myriad of methods, from psychological techniques like mindfulness, mediation, hypnosis and talking therapies, to physical ones like cutting out caffeine, or taking up yoga, swimming or other forms of exercise.
Then there are various anxiety remedies and natural anti-anxiety methods you might wish to try, explored below, which can provide support for some of the symptoms.
Of course, if neither lifestyle changes nor over the counter anxiety medication reduce your symptoms, talk to your GP.
Not only can they refer you to NHS programmes and therapies for anxiety, but they might recommend prescription tablets to help with anxiety.
With many methods of natural anxiety relief on the market, it is helpful to look at a few of the most popular.
It is worth remembering that we all react to medicines, both traditional and modern, in different ways, so it might take time to find the right one for you.
One of the most popular brands for temporary relief of symptoms associated with stress is Kalms (based on traditional use only), which offers a variety of products, such as Kalms Day tablets and Kalms Night tablets.
There are many other brands of valerian tablets out there, including Holland & Barrett’s own range, which includes passion flower extract.
This traditional herbal medicinal product is used for the temporary relief of sleep disturbances due to symptoms of mild anxiety (based on traditional use only).
Passion flower for anxiety has been used throughout the ages.
Rhodiola is another ancestral remedy that comes most often as a tablet.
This traditional herbal medicinal product is used for the temporary relief of symptoms associated with stress, such as fatigue, exhaustion and mild anxiety (based on traditional use only).
St John’s wort is a plant that has traditionally been used to relieve symptoms of low mood and mild anxiety (based on traditional use only) and there is some scientific evidence to back this up.
However, it’s worth bearing in mind that the tablets can interact with other medications, including the contraceptive pill, so a discussion about St John’s wort with your doctor prior to starting it is advised by the NHS.