Science had Great News for those Who Read Books!


It’s no secret that reading is good for you. Just six minutes of reading is enough to reduce stress by 68%, and numerous studies have shown that reading keeps your brain functioning effectively as you age. One study even found that elderly individuals who read regularly are 2.5 times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s than their peers. But not all forms of reading are created equal.

The debate between paper books and e-readers has been vicious since the first Kindle came out in 2007. Most arguments have been about the sentimental versus the practical, between people who prefer how paper pages feel in their hands and people who argue for the practicality of e-readers. But now science has weighed in, and the studies are on the side of paper books.

Reading in print helps with comprehension. 

A 2014 study found that readers of a short mystery story on a Kindle were significantly worse at remembering the order of events than those who read the same story in paperback. Lead researcher Anne Mangen of Norway’s Stavanger University concluded that “the haptic and tactile feedback of a Kindle does not provide the same support for mental reconstruction of a story as a print pocket book does.”

Our brains were not designed for reading, but have adapted and created new circuits to understand letters and texts. The brain reads by constructing a mental representation of the text based on the placement of the page in the book and the word on the page.

The tactile experience of a book aids this process, from the thickness of the pages in your hands as you progress through the story to the placement of a word on the page. Mangen hypothesizes that the difference for Kindle readers “might have something to do with the fact that the fixity of a text on paper, and this very gradual unfolding of paper as you progress through a story is some kind of sensory offload, supporting the visual sense of progress when you’re reading.”

While e-readers try to recreate the sensation of turning pages and pagination, the screen is limited to one ephemeral virtual page. Surveys about the use of e-readers suggest that this affects a reader’s serendipity and sense of control. The inability to flip back to previous pages or control the text physically, either through making written notes or bending pages, limits one’s sensory experience and thus reduces long-term memory of the text.


Reading long sentences without links is a skill you need — but can lose if you don’t practice. 

Reading long, literary sentences sans links and distractions is actually a serious skill that you lose if you don’t use it. Before the Internet, the brain read in a linear fashion, taking advantage of sensory details to remember where key information was in the book by layout.

As we increasingly read on screens, our reading habits have adapted to skim text rather than really absorb the meaning. A 2006 study found that people read on screens in an “F” pattern, reading the entire top line but then only scanning through the text along the left side of the page. This sort of nonlinear reading reduces comprehension and actually makes it more difficult to focus the next time you sit down with a longer piece of text.

Tufts University neuroscientist Maryanne Wolf worries that “the superficial way we read during the day is affecting us when we have to read with more in-depth processing.” Individuals are increasingly finding it difficult to sit down and immerse themselves in a novel. As a result, some researchers and literature-lovers have started a “slow reading” movement, as a way to counteract their difficulty making it through a book.


Reading in a slow, focused, undistracted way is good for your brain.

Slow-reading advocates recommend at least 30 to 45 minutes of daily reading away from the distractions of modern technology. By doing so, the brain can reengage with linear reading. The benefits of makingslow reading a regular habit are numerous, reducing stress and improving your ability to concentrate.

Regular reading also increases empathy, especially when reading a print book. One study discovered that individuals who read an upsetting short story on an iPad were less empathetic and experienced less transportation and immersion than those who read on paper.

Reading an old-fashioned novel is also linked to improving sleep. When many of us spend our days in front of screens, it can be hard to signal to our body that it’s time to sleep. By reading a paper book about an hour before bed, your brain enters a new zone, distinct from that enacted by reading on an e-reader.

Three-quarters of Americans 18 and older report reading at least one book in the past year, a number which has fallen, and e-books currently make up between 15 to 20% of all book sales. In this increasingly Twitter- and TV-centric world, it’s the regular readers, the ones who take a break from technology to pick up a paper book, who have a serious advantage on the rest of us.

Stressed By Work-Life Balance? Just Exercise

 Stressed By Work-Life Balance? Just Exercise

Feeling conflicted by the push-pull of work and family life? New research suggests that regular exercise can help balance out those feelings. Researchers examined the responses of 476 working adults who were surveyed about their exercise behavior and their confidence in handling work-family conflicts. Those who exercised regularly seemed to experience an increased feeling of competence that carried over into work and home roles, the study authors said.

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“If, for example, you go for a two-mile jog or walk 10 flights of steps at work and feel good about yourself for doing that, it will translate and carry over into other areas of life,” said study author Russell Clayton, an assistant professor of management at Saint Leo University in Florida. “We found that [participants] who exercised felt good about themselves, that they felt that they could accomplish tough tasks, and that carried over into work and family life,” Clayton added.

Volumes of research have shown that exercise lowers mental and physical stress levels, but few studies have focused on whether this stress reduction helps empower individuals to better manage their work-life balance. Clayton said the study originated as a “pet project” after he realized his own adherence to exercise gave him perspective on integrating work and life. Also involved in the study were researchers from Saint Louis University, University of Houston-Victoria and Illinois State University.

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Clayton acknowledged that the research method the study authors used—having respondents answer questions and then tallying the answers through a mathematical technique—did not offer hard numbers for the results. Just over half (55%) of the study participants were women. In addition, the study noted, participants worked an average of 40 hours weekly and their average age was 41. About 29% had at least one child under age 18 living at home. While the study found a link between physical activity and reports of greater empowerment at home and at work, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship. “But the associations between exercise and work-life balance are there, and they’re very strong,” Clayton said.

For those who don’t exercise regularly, the idea of adding that regimen to a busy schedule to improve stress levels may seem counterintuitive, Clayton noted. But he advocates the idea of “stolen moments” for exercise that add up, such as climbing the stairs for five minutes or doing jumping jacks in 30-second spurts. “We hope our research can be a grain of sand in the beach of evidence we have to push corporations…to encourage employees to exercise,” he added.

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Dr. Natalie Digate Muth, spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise, said the study extends the evidence that physical activity offers benefits beyond the obvious. “People should think of it as a kind of investment. If you put some time into physical activity,” said Muth, “you may be active for 30 minutes a day, but the productivity and mental focus you’re going to get out of it is going to far exceed what you put into it, from a work and family perspective.”

Source: WebMD, Inc.

Provided by Rebecca McGonigle from the June 2014 Wellstyles Monthly Newsletter from Valley Schools Employee Benefits Trust (VSEBT)

51 Healthy Suggestions to Improve Your Life

 51 Healthy Suggestions to Improve Your Life

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No matter your salary, you can always take steps to improve your life and health. You don’t have to be ahealth care professional to learn how to live healthy. If you want to improve your life, creating a better situation for yourself, you can do so. There are plenty of resources available for you. Here are 51 healthy living cheat sheets that can help you improve your life:


One of the best things you can do to enhance your life is to get proper exercise. Physical activity can help you feel better, and help you reduce your chance of some diseases.

  1. Training Cheat Sheet: This cheat sheet from Men’s Fitness is designed to help you get back to strength training and get in shape if you are just starting at (or going back to) the gym.
  2. Wii Fitness for Dummies: This cheat sheet is a great way to learn how to use Wii Fit to increase your fitness. Maximize the efficiency of your Wii Fit program.
  3. Exercise Cheat Sheet: Shape magazine offers an exercise cheat sheet full of quick, effective exercises you can do yourself to help you get into shape.
  4. A Time Crunched Mama’s Exercise Cheat Sheet: This are quick exercise you can do to maximize your efforts to get into shape — even if you are short on time.
  5. Exercise for weight loss: Calories burned in 1 hour: The Mayo Clinic offers this helpful cheat sheet that lists how many calories different exercises burn.
  6. 20 Daily Activities You Can Do That Burn Calories: You can cheat on your exercise program by doing something a little more fun than just straight exercising.  This list includes gardening, house cleaning, car repairs and kissing.
  7. Calories Burned: Don’t want to do one activity for an hour? This cheat sheet will help you figure out how to burn calories the fastest, with counts for what you burn in 10 minutes running, playing volleyball, gardening or dancing.
  8. 8 Ways to Exercise While You Commute: Tone up during your commute. Here are some exercises to do while you are on your way to work.
  9. Pregnancy Exercise – 5 Things You Must Know: Before you start exercising while pregnant, use this cheat sheet to help you do so without putting your baby at risk. 


Eating right can help you feel better and fight disease. Live healthier with little tweaks to your diet.

  1. Chew the Right Thing: A Nutrition Cheat Sheet: A great sheet offering an at-a-glance look at the official dietary guidelines from the USDA.
  2. Eating Healthy One Step At A Time: Use this cheat sheet to help you make diet changes gradually so that they become long-term habits.
  3. Cheat sheet: do what the pros do: eat more in order to lose more: This cheat sheet takes a look at what you can do to fine tune your diet so that you can still eat and stay in shape.
  4. Diet Cheat Sheet: This basic sheet breaks it down so that you can see exactly how what you eat affects your weight.
  5. Carb-Counters Cheat Sheet for Fruits and Vegetables: No, you shouldn’t cut fruits and veggies out of your diet. But if you are interested, here is a cheat sheet of carbs amounts for fruits and vegetables.
  6. List of High-Protein Foods and Amount of Protein in Each: If you are interested in your protein intake, this cheat sheet can help you figure out what is in each type of food.
  7. List of High Carbohydrate Foods: Learn about carbs, how they can benefit you, and which foods have a higher amount of carbs.
  8. Ten Worst and Best Foods: A quick cheat sheet of some of the worst foods you can eat for your health — and some of the best foods that you can eat.
  9. The Nutrition Cheat Sheet: A quick reference to different vitamins and minerals, where they come from, and how they benefit your body.
  10. Dietary Fiber Cheat Sheet: Learn about different types of fiber, what they do to help you, and how you can get what you need. 


You need rest, relaxation, and refreshment. Here are some ways that you can rejuvenate yourself in order to live a better and feel healthier.

  1. Meditation for Dummies Cheat Sheet: A cheat sheet designed to help you prepare for meditation, and use meditation to your benefit.
  2. A Cheat Sheet for New Meditators: Use this cheat sheet to help you begin a meditation practice, or to remind you of sound meditation techniques.
  3. Sleeping Smart Cheat Sheet: This sheet is provided by the National Sleep Foundation and offers tips to help you refresh yourself through quality sleep.
  4. Cheat Sheet for Power Naps: Learn the art of the power nap with this helpful cheat sheet.
  5. Bite-sized wisdom: 25 super inspiring quotes to memorize: When your spirit is in need of a lift, these quotes can help you find inspiration.
  6. Win the Mind Games: This helpful cheat sheet provides tips for improving your brain power and staying sharp.
  7. 120 Ways to Boost Your Brain Power: Condition your mind with these helpful hints.
  8. Tai Chi for Beginners: Get the basics of this mind/body exercise that can help rejuvenate you and help you feel a better sense of well-being. 


Good relationships are part of a happy, full life. Here are some ways to help your relationships work a little bit better.

  1. Divorce for Dummies Cheat Sheet: Get through that divorce, with help from this cheat sheet to help you know what needs to be decided.
  2. Relationship Cheat Sheet: Understand what it means to cheat on your significant other.
  3. Improving Your Relationship for Dummies: This cheat sheet helps you find ways to improve your relationships with others.
  4. The Happy Couple Cheat Sheet: Get 15 steps to help you improve your time together as a couple.
  5. 9 Marriage Rules You Should Break: You’ve heard about the “rules” of a good marriage. Here is a cheat sheet for nine that you should break.
  6. 10 Tips for Raising Children of Character: Improve your relationship with your children, and learn how to raise good kids.
  7. Things That Make Talking About Sex to Teens Tough and What to Do About Them: Have “the talk” in a constructive manner.
  8. Top 10 In-Laws Coping Tips: This cheat sheet can help you keep your relationship with your in-laws — and your spouse — on better ground.
  9. How to Network Like a Pro: Use professional relationships to help you advance through networking. 


Many people feel better and healthier when they are engaged in greener practices.

  1. 15 Reasons to Eat Organic Food: A cheat sheet offering compelling reasons to eat organic food.
  2. Organic Food Buying Cheat Sheet: Lifehacker presents this helpful cheat sheet to for reading organic food labels.
  3. Plastic Recycling Cheat Sheet: Helpful hints to ensure that you are recycling properly.
  4. What to Recycle Quick List: A cheat sheet that can help you see what items you should be recycling.
  5. Going back to school? Here’s a green cheat sheet: When your kids go back to school, these tips can help make the experience a little greener.
  6. Cheat sheet of non-toxic tips and eco-wisdom: Quick look at keeping your home free of toxins with different products.
  7. Energy Efficiency Tips: Increase the energy efficiency of your home, with a variety of different improvement ideas, from no cost to expensive.
  8. 7 Cheap and Green Landscaping Tips: A handy cheat sheet to help you green the outside of your home.
  9. 7 Tips fro Growing a Health Organic Garden: Go green by growing your own food in an organic garden. 


Are you managing a disease? Here are some ways to improve your life, even though you may be challenged in your health.

  1. Diabetes for Dummies Cheat Sheet: This sheet looks at ways to more effectively get your diabetes under control — and maybe improve your situation.
  2. Prediabetes for Dummies: Do your best to avoid dull-blown diabetes with this helpful cheat sheet.
  3. Multiple Sclerosis for Dummies: Learn to live a full life, even with MS.
  4. Living Gluten-Free For Dummies: This helpful cheat sheet can help you if you are living gluten-free for any reason (including Celiac disease).
  5. Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Cheat Sheet: A look at risk factors and tips about beating this cancer.
  6. STD Cheat Sheet: Learn about STDs, how they are spread, and treatments for them.

100 Natural Ways to Overcome Anxiety

100 Natural Ways to Overcome Anxiety

By Tara Miller

The fast-paced lifestyle that so many lead today has resulted in a generation of individuals with high anxiety. Whether you suffer from occasional panic attacks or spend most of your day worrying, anxiety doesn’t have to be a part of your life. Skip the potentially addictive anti-anxiety medications and give these natural methods a try. With tips ranging from reducing stress to aromatherapy to changes in nutrition, you will find plenty of great natural ideas to try to reduce your anxiety.

Stress Reduction

A major source of anxiety is the stress that creeps up through daily living. Take these suggestions to reduce stress and help eliminate anxiety.

  1. Let go of control. Learn to accept that some things are beyond your ability to control. Once this expectation is gone, you will likely discover a reduction of your stress.
  2. Do one thing at a time. Slow down and stop multitasking. Doing one thing at a time will reduce stress and allow you to perform each task more efficiently.
  3. Learn to say “no”. Turning away what you don’t have time to do will free you from obligations that will end up hanging over your head.
  4. Emotions. Keep in touch with your emotions. Pretending you don’t have feelings of anger, sadness, or loneliness will just push these feeling down until they come back out in negative ways.
  5. Let go of anger. Don’t hold on to anger or grudges. Instead, learn how to let go so you can focus on more positive things.
  6. Identify stressors. Realize what makes you feel stressed and do something to change them. If watching the news makes you stressed, turn it off. If driving in traffic raises your blood pressure, then find ways to change or delay driving so you aren’t in traffic.
  7. Learn time management techniques. Organizing your time and energy will help you complete tasks more efficiently and clear the way for less stress in your life.
  8. Make time for yourself. Making sure you carve out some time for yourself every day will not only give you time to do something you enjoy, but will help you relax as well.
  9. Journal. Identify stressors or just get out those negative feelings you may not want to tell other people with a private journal.
  10. Find your sense of humor. Learning to laugh at life and finding the joy every day will go a long way to reducing stress.


Herbal medicine has been around for centuries. Take the advice of generations past and try these natural cures for your anxiety.

  1. Passionflower. Passionflower has been used for hundreds of years as a natural anxiety reliever and for insomnia. In 2001 a study showed that it was as effective as a popular anti-anxiety medication.
  2. Valerian root. Used for centuries as both a sleeping aid and as an aid for anxiety, many people rely on valerian root for relief.
  3. Chamomile. A popular tea, drinking chamomile will help reduce anxiety.
  4. Kava Kava. This plant from the South Pacific is frequently used to treat anxiety. However, those with liver problems should avoid using this herb.
  5. St. John’s Wort. Used for centuries, this herb helps combat anxiety and depression, as well as relieve muscle aches and reduce inflammation.
  6. Verbena. Also known as wild hyssop or vervain, this herb is often used to help those suffering from anxiety and depression.
  7. Skullcap. Help your nervous tension subside by trying skullcap as a tea or in one of its many other forms.
  8. Cowslip. Anxiety is just one of the many disorders this herb helps to heal.
  9. Lemon balmLemon balm helps reduce anxiety, especially when used with other calming herbs such as chamomile.
  10. Hops. Used to help cure anxiety and restlessness, hops is generally combined with passionflower, chamomile, or valerian root.


From acupuncture to hydrotherapy, find a natural way to help your body heal the effects of anxiety.

  1. Acupuncture. Acupuncture generally leaves people feeling relaxed and calm and is an excellent way to control anxiety.
  2. Biofeedback. Becoming aware of your physical responses to anxiety and learning how to control them is an excellent therapy for those suffering from anxiety.
  3. Hypnotherapy. Anxiety can be successfully managed through a variety of hypnosis techniques.
  4. Craniosacral therapy. Reducing anxiety is among one of the many benefits of focusing attention to the skull and base of the spine through craniosacral therapy.
  5. Polarity therapy. This integrated approach to healing is often helpful for relieving anxiety and includes soft touch and assessment of energy balance.
  6. Color therapy. Using color and light to balance energy, this therapy is helpful in restoring balance and calm.
  7. Crystal therapy. Many people believe in the healing properties of specific stones or crystals. Try rose quartz if you suffer from anxiety.
  8. Bioelectromagnetic therapy. The manipulation of magnetic and electromagnetic fields as a source of natural healing has also been used to successfully reduce anxiety by reducing muscle tension.
  9. Hydrotherapy. Relaxing in a hot bath is an excellent way to sooth anxiety. Add herbs or essential oils to enhance the hydrotherapy experience.
  10. Reiki. Reiki is a treatment that transfers energy from the practitioner to the client and works to aid in healing and restoring the mind and spirit.

Body Work

Just about everyone can appreciate the relaxing qualities of massage, but that isn’t the only type of body work that can help reduce anxiety. Find out what else you can try from this list.

  1. Massage. Getting a massage produces deep relaxation and calms the body. Massage also eliminates toxins in the body, leaving you feeling better physically as well as mentally.
  2. Shiatsu. Working along the same premise as acupuncture, shiatsu involves using hands and fingers on acupressure points to bring about positive healing effects and relaxation.
  3. Reflexology. Typically reflexology focuses on feet and hands, but this technique with the ears can help eliminate anxiety, too.
  4. Thai Yoga Bodywork. Those who have experience Thai Yoga Bodywork love the relaxing and restorative feelings that result.
  5. Healing Touch. The gentle work of a Healing Touch therapy session is reportedly anexcellent treatment for anxiety and depression.
  6. Therapeutic TouchThis form of therapy, frequently used by nurses, shows promise of reducing anxiety in certain patient groups such as burn victims and those with cancer.
  7. Myofascial trigger therapy. Working similarly to acupuncture, this type of body work that involves deep tissue pressure on specific points, can result in many of the same relaxing feelings gained from acupuncture.
  8. Alexander therapy. Learn how to perform daily tasks without the resulting muscle tension and pain that is so common with the Alexander Technique. For those with anxiety, loosening tight muscles can bring a noticeable difference.
  9. Watsu. This easy manipulation of the body in warm water brings about relaxation and a general sense of well-being.
  10. Trager work. This body work is based on the work of Dr. Milton Trager and works on the premise that through physical and emotional stress, people will teach their bodies to become stiffened. By loosening the body and unlearning the habits, the patients feel better physically and emotionally.

Mind/Body Techniques

From Tai Chi to meditation to exercise, follow these suggestions for ways to strengthen the connection between your mind and body to reduce anxiety.

  1. Yoga. An excellent way to get exercise, center your mind, and find calm, yoga is a great choice for beating anxiety.
  2. Tai Chi. This popular body movement exercise is excellent for anxiety and depression and is gentle enough for people of any age to enjoy.
  3. Self-hypnosis. Try this simple technique to see if it reduces the anxiety in your life.
  4. Sleep. Getting enough good quality sleep each night is important to help manage anxiety. Be sure you follow a routine with consistent bedtime and waking times and don’t drink caffeine or alcohol before bed.
  5. Meditation. Set aside a few minutes every day for quiet meditation. The negative thoughts that accompany anxiety are quieted through meditation.
  6. Breathing. The deep, relaxing form of breathing used during yoga practice can bring benefits to your mental health.
  7. Exercise. Getting regular exercise is not only good for your body, but it also helps keep your brain in good shape. Many professionals recommend getting regular exercise each day to combat anxiety and stress.
  8. Qi Gong. This ancient Chinese practice can help you reduce anxiety. Read these tipsto find out how.
  9. Isolation tank. Those who have undergone the remarkable experience of floating in an isolation tank report a huge reduction in stress and anxiety.
  10. Guided imagery. Learn how to engage your senses to bring about a feeling of calm and promote healing with this powerful technique.


Aromatherapy involves using the essential oils from plants and adding them to massage oil, bath water, in a room diffuser, or even inhaling from a tissue. Try these essential oils to find a scents to help you relax.

  1. BergamotBergamot is good for raising self confidence as well as soothing frustration.
  2. Lavender. A popular scent for relaxation and soothing anxious nerves, lavender is an excellent essential oil to reduce anxiety.
  3. Jasmine. To reduce fear and help eliminate pessimism, jasmine is an excellent choice.
  4. FrankincenseThis scent slows down breathing, produces a sense of calm, and sooths anxious or obsessive feelings.
  5. Lime. Lime is refreshing and uplifting and works to combat anxiety and depression.
  6. Patchouli. Frequently used against anxiety and depression, patchouli helps put you in touch with your physical self.
  7. SandalwoodSandalwood is great for reducing depression, tension, fear, and stress and also helps open the spirit.
  8. Ylang ylang. This scent helps calm nervous tension and eases frustration and anger.
  9. Rose. Soothing fear and anxiety, this famous scent also often brings brings happiness to those who smell it.
  10. CypressCypress soothes the nervous system and restores calm when you are feeling anxious.


Everyone has heard about the benefits of nutrition for your physical health, but good nutrition is also important for mental health. Follow these nutrition suggestions for ways to reduce anxiety.

  1. Green tea. Not only is this powerhouse of a drink full of healthy antioxidants, it has also been shown to reduce anxiety. Drink a cup a day for great results.
  2. Avoid caffeineCaffeine replicates the symptoms of anxiety and when paired with a genuinely stressful day, will only make anxiety worse. Skip the coffee and sodas.
  3. Multivitamin. Taking a good-quality multivitamin will help ensure that you are getting all the vitamins and minerals you need to keep your body in balance, which helps reduce anxiety.
  4. Fish oil. Fish oil has many benefits for the brain and body alike and often helps eliminate depression and anxiety. Some studies have even documented the beneficial effects of fish oil on anxiety.
  5. Mushrooms. The pantothenic acid found in mushrooms is often used in the treatment of anxiety. Give this food a try and see if it reduces your anxiety.
  6. Alcohol only in moderation. While one glass of wine may calm your nerves, too much alcohol actually increases anxiety, so avoid too much alcohol.
  7. Protein. When blood sugar levels fluctuate, you can experience anxiety and jitteriness. Eating protein helps keep your blood sugar levels stable.
  8. Avocado. High in B vitamins and magnesium, this delicious fruit is a great way to combat anxiety through nutrition.
  9. No refined sugar. Refined sugar wrecks havoc on your blood sugar levels, often leading to jittery, anxious feelings. If you are already suffering from anxiety, try natural sweeteners instead.
  10. Turkey. High in tryptophan, which boosts serotonin in the brain, turkey is an excellent way to help elevate mood and reduce anxiety.

Bach Flowers

Dr. Edward Bach developed an alternative healing system based on the essences of specific flowers that are thought to provide physical and mental relief. Give these flower essences a try to ease your anxiety.

  1. Rescue Remedy. With 5 of the 38 Bach Flower Essences in this remedy, it is specially designed to ease anxiety and stress.
  2. Red chestnut. If you spend too much time worrying about the health and safety of loved-ones, try red chestnut essence to help loosen some of that worry.
  3. Cherry plum. Help banish irrational thoughts that can easily feed anxiety with cherry plum essence.
  4. Mustard flower. If depression comes with no reason, try mustard flower essence to ease the sadness and hopelessness.
  5. Cerato. Trusting your own judgment and depending less on what others think are the benefits of this flower essence.
  6. Gorse. Find relief from hopelessness and despair with this flower essence.
  7. Rock water. Unrealistic expectations and giving too much of yourself can result in high levels of anxiety. Rock water essence will help you find a balance.
  8. Impatiens. This flower essence will help ease irritation, frustration, and impatience.
  9. Star of Bethlehem. Useful for easing the effects of shock, even from years past, this flower essence may provide relief.
  10. Mimulus. If you have specific fears you want to ease, try mimulus essence to help with this.

Naturopathic Remedies

Rather than finding the necessary herbs, oils, or other ingredients to make your own remedy, try some of these natural remedies available for purchase.

  1. Chill Pill. With Ashwagandha root extract, chamomile, valerian root, and lots of B vitamins, this vegetarian formula is sure to help you find your calm in a non-addictive way.
  2. Anxiety Relief. This homeopathic medication provides relief from anxiety and panic. The tablets dissolve without water, so you can take them anywhere.
  3. Kalm-Assure. Combining antothenic acid and GABA with herbs like passion flower and chamomile, this remedy seeks to provide relief both immediately and long-term.
  4. Kava Stress Relief Organic Tea. The kava root in this tea will help relax you and the cinnamon will taste delicious.
  5. Calming. Using multiple homeopathic formulas, this medication provides relief from anxiety as well as insomnia.
  6. Tranquilnite Plus. Sometimes anxiety can prevent a good night’s sleep. Try this formula which includes valerian root, chamomile, and lavender to help you fall asleep and stay asleep.
  7. Dr. Christopher’s Nerve Formula Extract. These herbal extracts work to help heal and strengthen the nervous system, which may help with anxiety.
  8. Calm. This formula is made specifically to ease anxiety and uses GABA, L-Tyrosine, and Motherwort to help you find your calm.
  9. Anxiety Relief. A combination of both tablets and spray, this remedy includes herbs like passionflower and valerian along with vitamins and minerals.
  10. Mood Balance. These tablets contain herbs and vitamins to help sooth your mood and help you find your balance.

Helpful Articles

Read these articles to find suggestions for natural ways to send your stress and anxiety packing.

  1. Anxiety Busting. This article offers great suggestions for nutrition, exercise, and other natural anxiety solutions.
  2. Stress Reducers. Get plenty of tips on ways to reduce stress and help eliminate anxiety in this article.
  3. Ten Ways to Reduce Stress. This article, written by Dr. Andrew Weil, outlines plenty of helpful suggestions for reducing anxiety and stress.
  4. The Connection Between Mind and Body. Find out how the mind can work as a powerful tool in healing. Reduce anxiety and improve your health with the suggestions here.
  5. Anti-Anxiety Diet. Learn how you can change your diet to help reduce anxiety from your life.
  6. Natural Supplements that Reduce Anxiety. Examining three products that can reduce anxiety naturally, this article provides an in-depth look at how they work.
  7. Natural Health Perspectives: Causes & Cures For Anxiety. Written by a naturopathic physician, this article outlines several ways to reduce your anxiety naturally.
  8. How to Make Natural Cures for Anxiety. This brief article offers some sensible suggestions for reducing anxiety.
  9. Thinking Happy Thoughts Helps Reduce Anxiety. Understand how being a positive thinker can change your anxiety levels with this blog post.
  10. Natural Treatments to Relieve Anxiety & OCD. From cognitive therapy to supplements to lifestyle changes, this article offers plenty of great ways to beat anxiety naturally.

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