Today is worth two tomorrows is an axiom of the ancient world where life was short and it was necessary to deal with the problems quickly. Our forebears had many strategies for dealing with anxiety. Thus, we bring you some of these tips to help with anxiety.
Chamomile has been used for centuries by Europeans as a calming and relaxing tea.
Directions: Have a cup whenever you’re feeling anxious. Use one tablespoon of dried ﬂowers for each cup of boiling water. Steep and strain. Any leftover tea can be added to a bath Io boost the natural relaxing effect of warm water.
Valerian root is a favorite European herb used to calm anxiety. Its popularity throughout Imperial Russia and other parts of Europe was so entrenched over the centuries that it is mentioned in many old plays and novels—including those of Chekhov and Tolstoy.
Directions: Since this root has an unattractive aroma, it is better to purchase valerian tincture or pills in a health care store.
In old time melodrama, the distressed heroine is always wringing her hands. It turns out that this is an instinctive and helpful motion. Massaging, puling, pressing and tapping the hands inhibits the transmission of nerve impulses through the body and lessens reactions to stereos. For centuries, the Chinese martial arts experts have used finger pressure on two specific hand points to release tension.
Directions: The Trhm‘zg—Trhrng point is on the topside of the hand, at the bottom of the middle nail, on the side nearest the index ﬁnger. The Chenn-Menn point to free up anxiety is on the palm side, just above the wrist under the line of the fourth ﬁnger. Another key place for overcoming anxiety is on the sole of the foot under the ﬂeshy part of the metatarsal, under the middle toe. Gently rub or press on any of these points whenever you feel tense.
Over time, the French have developed an affinity for lime flower tea to ease anxiety, depression, and hysteria. The lime tree is also known as the linden tree. Prolonged baths in infusions of the ﬂowers are helpful, particularly to calm panic attacks.
Directions: Take several handfuls of the ﬂowers, add to a quart of water, and simmer for ﬁfteen minutes. Steep until there is a rich color. Strain out the flowers, then add the tea to a warm bath.
Just as quick, nervous breathing reinforces anxiety, the taking of long. deep breaths instantly reduces anxiety. Indian yogis have found that rhythmic breathing cuts down on stress.
Directions: One easy yoga breathing routine is the six-three-six method of quick relaxation. Inhale through your nose to the count of six. Gently hold your breath for a count of three. Next exhale for a count of six. In for six, hold for three, exhale for six. Repeat several times.
The many people who live in the million—mile area called the Arabian Peninsula eat fresh basil leaves or drink a tea of dried basil leaves to ward off depression.
Directions: Add fresh basil leaves to salads or a make a tea by pouring a cup of boiling water over a tablespoon of dried basil leaves. Steep for five to ten minutes. Strain out the leaves.