11 Natural Ways to Help Anxiety

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Don’t start something you may not be able to stop. After the pandemic, anxiety disorders more than doubled in children and teenagers. Prescriptions for antianxiety medications, such as benzodiazepines like alprazolam (Xanax) and clonazepam (Klonopin) dramatically increased. The problem is that they are addictive, and once you start them they are often very hard to stop.


After the pandemic, prescriptions for antianxiety medications, such as benzodiazepines, dramatically increased. The problem is that they are addictive, and once you start them they are often very hard to stop. Click To Tweet


Here are 11 strategies to consider before going on antianxiety medications.

  1. Check for hypoglycemia, anemia, and hyperthyroidism.
  2. Try an elimination diet for 3 weeks.
  3. Practice meditation and hypnosis daily (research shows they can both calm stress and anxiety).
  4. Try heart rate variability (HRV) training (anxiety is linked to low levels of HRV but you can hack your way to a healthier HRV with biofeedback apps such as Welltory).
  5. Practice diaphragmatic breathing—deep breathing from your belly—when you feel anxious.
  6. Eliminate the ANTs (automatic negative thoughts).
  7. Incorporate a calming exercise, such as yoga or qi gong, into your week.
  8. Take 200–400 mg of L-Theanine per day.
  9. Take 500–1,500 mg of GABA per day.
  10. Take 100–500 mg of magnesium glycinate, citrate, or malate with 30 mg of vitamin B6 per day.
  11. Schedule neurofeedback to help retrain your brain.


Anxiety disorders are very painful, but too often people reach for marijuana, alcohol, or prescribed benzodiazepines, which can be of short-term benefit but cause long-term problems with addiction and memory issues. If the above interventions are ineffective or only partly effective with my patients, I’ll try other nutraceuticals or medications targeted to a specific type of anxiety (take the test at brainhealthassessment.com).

Today’s Practice: Put together a playlist of 7 of your favorite songs that calm your brain and mind and listen to it whenever you are anxious. There is scientific evidence that “Weightless” by Marconi Union calms anxiety by 65 percent.

In Change Your Brain Every Day, psychiatrist and clinical neuroscientist Daniel Amen, MD, draws on over 40 years of clinical practice with tens of thousands of patients to give you the most effective daily habits he has seen that can help you improve your brain, master your mind, boost your memory, and make you feel happier, healthier, and more connected to those you love.

If you want to join the tens of thousands of patients at Amen Clinics who have already learned how to change their brain every day and have a better life, speak to a specialist today at 888-288-9834 or visit our contact page here.  


  1. Good to know one of your doctors is working with my daughter who is puzzle . The journey

    Comment by Patsy Klein — March 8, 2023 @ 7:04 AM

  2. I had an anxiety and panic disorder and am really in favor of anti-anxiety medication. It certainly saved my life and allowed me to function in today's world. Most people DO NOT become addicted. I did not, and was on 3 Xanax a day for a year. Luckily, I am okay now and do not need Xanax. But to not disperse Xanax to everybody just because a few people have an addictive personality and become addicted is a great disservice to those of us who use this medication responsib ly.

    Comment by Terri — March 8, 2023 @ 8:41 AM

  3. I have been on clonazepam for several years…my doctor continues to prescribe it no questions asked…am I addicted to this drug by now?

    Comment by Barbara Stevens — March 8, 2023 @ 11:16 AM

  4. A question, please. Are we supposed to use all 4 protein additives at once or just one at the same time?

    Comment by Doug Miller — March 8, 2023 @ 7:05 PM

  5. I am having trouble with Paxil that I have been on for 25 years. It is not working for me anymore and I try to go up and my body rejects it. I try to go down and get horrible withdrawal symptoms. Will ketamine treatments help me get off of the Paxil safely? and how can I naturally balance my brain so I don't need the SSRI anymore.
    Thank you.
    Eva Aiken March 23, 2023

    Comment by Eva Aiken — March 23, 2023 @ 5:18 PM

  6. CAn anybody give me a straight answer does the Dr have the authority to prescribe Xanax or Klonopin I really need to know

    Comment by Mark cox — July 1, 2023 @ 1:20 AM

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