It’s not always necessary for Albuquerque home caregivers to seek medical intervention for their senior loved one’s mild anxiety symptoms. There are many natural home remedies that have been scientifically proven to be effective.

1. Omega-3 Fatty Acids 

It doesn’t take much, just one to three grams of omega-3s each day can help calm and ease anxiety. This happens when omega-3s reduce stress hormones in the body, primarily cortisol and adrenaline. Fish oil supplements, flaxseed, walnuts, and salmon are all good sources of these important fatty acids.

2. Mindful Meditation 

This ancient technique has been practiced by Buddhist monks for years, but has recently gained mainstream acceptance. This type of meditation eases worries about the future and soothes regrets from the past by keeping your focus on the present moment.

3. Chamomile Tea

There are two chemicals in chamomile that reduce anxiety, luteolin and apigenin. A study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania found that chamomile significantly reduces anxiety symptoms because of these compounds.

4. Magnesium

Getting enough magnesium each day will lower blood pressure, ease tight muscles, and reduce stress. Too much magnesium can cause diarrhea, so seniors should avoid taking more than the recommended daily allowance for their age and gender.

5. Laugh

It’s no secret that laughing feels good. Dopamine levels are increased during laughter, which elevates mood. It turns out that even fake laughter is sufficient to lower anxiety-inducing cortisol levels.

6. Lavender

Lavender oil has been found to lower blood pressure, enhance mood, and lower anxiety levels. It can be applied directly to the skin or added to bathwater. It turns out the scent of lavender is also effective. Just add a few drops to a scent diffuser and enjoy the aroma.

7. Exercise

Just 21 minutes of exercise each day can ease feelings of anxiety. The body releases endorphins during exercise that feel good and naturally inhibit pain. It’s also believed that the increase in body heat that accompanies exercise also plays a role in easing tension.

Another way you can ease your loved one’s anxiety is by hiring a trusted Albuquerque home care agency like Home Care Assistance. We provide reliable in-home services that enable seniors to accomplish activities of daily living while maintaining their independence. Additionally, our compassionate caregivers give seniors the emotional support and mental stimulation they need to ease stress and boost overall wellbeing. Call 505-798-0800 today to learn more about our services and set up a free in-home consultation with a friendly Care Manager.

Published On: September 7th, 2016 / Categories: Senior Health /