When I'm Feeling Super Anxious, These Are the 6 Products I Reach For
Perhaps the worst part about having anxiety is you never know when it will hit. My day could be going along just fine, and out of nowhere I get that dreaded, all-encompassing feeling: my mind races with intrusive thoughts, my heart beats faster, my stomach churns, and I'm constantly worried about simultaneously nothing and everything. Sometimes my anxiety is triggered (like if I drink too much the night before or stress from work), but typically there's no reason I can pinpoint. This is why I've created an antianxiety toolkit of sorts filled with products I can reach for when anxiety suddenly hits and I feel like I'm drowning.
Since I was diagnosed with bipolar II a few years ago, anxiety is a big symptom that has seemingly gotten worse as I've gotten older. And while I'm on a cocktail of mood stabilizers, my psychiatrist doesn't prescribe benzodiazepines (Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan), so I don't take them. Fortunately, with the help of lifestyle modifications and these natural remedies, I can keep my anxiety under control. However, these products aren't a substitute for medical intervention. If you feel like your anxiety is severe enough to interfere with your daily life and interrupt your quality of life, be sure to seek help from a medical professional such as a psychiatrist.
If you are feeling anxious or depressed and need assistance finding help or resources, call the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (1-240-485-1001) or the National Alliance on Mental Illness (1-800-950-6264).