I Tried These 7 Anxiety Remedies, and This Is What Worked

Hallie Gould
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Anxiety is a funny thing—we've all had it at one time or another, but it's difficult to pin down a concrete reason for it. Even now, as I write this, I'm feeling anxious. It comes in waves and it has very little to do with if I'm actually happy in my life (I am). This morning I sat down with a friend and couldn't relax. I explained to her how I was feeling and, without batting an eyelash, she knowingly nodded and said, "Sunday scaries." Sometimes, it is just that—feelings provoked from the weekend coming to a close and a full week of responsibility on deck. But other times there's a whole slew of different components. I'll feel anxious about doing my best at work, about friends, relationships, and money. Then, there's all the beauty-related factors that come into play like body image, aging, and whether or not my hair looks crazy. As alienating as those thoughts feel, anxiety is common, and, for lack of a better word, completely normal. I like to think of it as proof that I care—about my life, my career, and my self-confidence. 

But, I still thought it wise to look into some ways to address it. It's important to feel good, right? I reached out to my co-workers (and a secret Facebook group we started to chat about all things beauty and wellness) about their favorite all-natural remedies. Then, I tested each one and kept a journal of how I was feeling before, during, and after the treatment. From mind-body techniques to essential oils and meditative breathing, see below for the full-rundown of my experience (and to find out which ones worked for me). 

Do you have any special remedies to kick anxiety? Let us know in the comments below!

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