Drink chamomile tea
Why: Chamomile’s compounds may help ease anxiety symptoms, according to a small study published in 2016 in the journal Phytomedicine. It notes that “oral intake of pharmaceutical grade chamomile is safe, with few mild side effects that are statistically and clinically indistinguishable from placebo.” Even better, the study explains that there weren’t any signs of side effects like weight gain, which can occur with some traditionally-prescribed anti-anxiety medications. (Weight gain can occur with some anti-anxiety medications, although this doesn’t usually happen with most current medications.) However, as is common with studies about alternative and natural therapies, the researchers explain that more work needs to be done to further examine its benefits. Still, it can’t hurt to sip on some chamomile tea; while you’re at it, here are more ways to use tea for what ails you.
Get your daily dose of omega-3s
There is some evidence that omega-3 fatty acids may ease anxiety. A systematic review and meta-analysis published in 2018 in the journal JAMA Network Open assessed potential benefits of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) for anxiety. While its authors note that more clinical trials should be conducted, their information is the “…first meta-analytic evidence, to our knowledge, that omega-3 PUFA treatment may be associated with anxiety reduction.” Canned fatty fish, such as tuna and salmon, walnuts, and flaxseeds are all great sources of omega-3 fatty acids. If you’re not a tuna fan, here are some omega 3-rich foods for people who don’t like fish.