Anxiety disorders affect about 40 million adults in the United States alone each year, making them the most common mental health disorder. Many people with anxiety use a combination of therapies, medications, alternative treatments, and lifestyle changes to help manage their anxiety and stress.
We reached out to Shann Vander Leek and Ananga Sivyer, the authors of Anxiety Slayer, to learn about what products and treatment options they recommend for managing anxiety levels.
Anxiety Slayer’s Favorite Healthy Finds
1. Rescue Remedy
Dr. Edward Bach founded the Original Bach Flower Remedies. It’s a system of 38 flower remedies that correct emotional imbalances, where negative emotions are replaced with positive. These flower remedies work in conjunction with herbs, homeopathy, and medications. They’re safe for everyone, including children, pregnant women, pets, the elderly, and even plants. We recommend the Rescue Remedy blend to all of our listeners.
2. EFT tapping
If you’re looking for a self-help technique to help you reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, we highly recommend EFT tapping. We both use EFT (emotional freedom techniques) regularly for overcoming challenges, emotional stress, or blocks from our past.
EFT tapping is a combination of ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology, now known as energy psychology. It’s an easy-to-learn technique that involves "tapping" on the meridian points of the body while repeating statements that help us focus on an issue from which we’re seeking relief.
3. The calming point
The calming point is found right in the center of the palm of your hand. Ayurveda teacher Dr. Vasant Lad has introduced this vital energy point as a valuable aid in reducing anxiety.
To find the point, make a fist with your left hand and look for where your middle finger touches your palm. Now press that point with the thumb of your right hand for about a minute while you take deep, steady breaths. Relax your jaw and let your shoulders drop. Relax as you hold the point and keep taking slow, deep breaths.
4. Herbal tea
Herbal tea can help calm a troubled mind. Drinking herbal tea can also be a great source of vitamins and minerals. We love drinking Pukka Tea to calm our nerves and nourish our bodies. Our favorite Pukka blends include licorice, chamomile, and mint. For anxiety relief, we recommend Pukka Relax, Pukka Love Tea, and Clipper Calmer Chameleon.
5. ‘Transition to Calm’ MP3
The Transition to Calm: Guided Relaxations for Stress and Anxiety Relief album is part of our private collection of guided relaxations and breathing exercises created to ease stress and anxiety. We have several relaxation albums available on Amazon, iTunes, and CD Baby, with original music composed by Ananga and all tracks voiced by Shann.
You need magnesium for hundreds of activities in the human body, yet most people in the U.S. don’t get the minimum daily requirements of this vital mineral. We recommend Natural Calm, which reduces stress symptoms, promotes better sleep, provides sustainable energy, and soothes the nerves.
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Anxiety Slayer’s mission is to help you feel more peace and tranquility in your life with anxiety release exercises and supportive tools. Anxiety Slayer was created in 2009 by Shann Vander Leek and Ananga Sivyer, who together are equipped with a collection of powerful techniques for reducing stress and anxiety. Mixing up a potent blend of life coaching, yoga, Ayurveda, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), relaxation hypnosis, and EFT tapping with years of experience and real passion, Anxiety Slayer shares its favorite resources and tips to help you shake yourself free from anxiety.