This last year, I’ve been desperately trying to find products that complement my medication in relieving my physical symptoms of anxiety.
(In case you’re interested, I currently take Zoloft for my anxiety, daily, along with Klonapin as needed. I try to refrain from taking it as much as possible.)
I suffer from anxiety and panic attacks, and oftentimes that leads to stomach issues. Most of these products I recommend help with both the anxiety and the belly issues. I hope someone finds this helpful!
Lavender Essential Oil – this can be diffused to promote calming feelings, or inhaled directly from the bottle. Most of the time when I travel, I keep my bottle of lavender in my car’s cup holder to inhale when I feel anxiety creep in.
Take a big breath in, hold it, and release to immediately experiencing Lavender’s calming effect.
If I’m feeling a little more worried than usual about traveling (which is my biggest trigger), I will dab some lavender on my wrists and on the nape of my neck.
I sometimes diffuse it at night to help with sleep, as well.
Peppermint and Digize Essential Oil– I keep these two oils on me to help with the belly issues I mentioned before. I have a “nervous stomach,” so when I get upset, it immediately affects my tummy. Digize can be applied directly to the stomach to help settle it. It is also said to help with nausea and motion sickness. I plan to take this with me on my cruise to test that out.
Peppermint has long-time been attributed to calming one’s stomach. I will inhale the peppermint oil if my stomach is starting to hurt, or rub it on my stomach.
Most trips I prefer to just carry peppermint candy and gum with me instead. I have found that chewing something rigorously helps me to occupy myself and my anxious thoughts. The stronger the mint, the better!
CBD oil – I’ve been using CBD oil by Green Compass. It’s blood orange vanilla flavored, which smells amazing, and I take a dropper full of that 1-2 times daily. The oil is dropped underneath the tongue, and left for about 30 seconds until swallowing. This CBD oil tastes and acts better than the one I was trying previously. This one does not have as strong of an aftertaste, AND the first time I took it I noticed immediate affects.
The first time I took it, I had a crick in my neck. As soon as I swallowed the CBD, the pain in my neck was alleviated. It was AMAZING. Check them out!
I’ve also started eating some CBD gummies when I don’t want to use the oils. I tried some CBD gummi worms by JUSTCBD that were delicious! It’s hard to not eat too many, so be careful! Check them out here, and use my code ANXIOUSMOM20 if you want a discount on products!
I try to always carry mints or gum with me, especially when I travel. I have found that the peppermint calms my belly, and the gum keeps my mind at ease while I chew away nervously.
I also carry other things that will help with my belly, such as ginger drops, immodium tablets, or nausea medicine. Having all these supplies keep my mind – and belly – at ease.
Klonopin: This has been prescribed to me in a low dose to use as needed. I try to use this as my last resort, but I do make sure to carry it with me in my purse. This helps with keeping an onset panic attack from going full blown. I am an advocate for both natural aids and prescribed. There is no shame in taking daily medication for anxiety, depression and/or panic attacks. If anxiety can be caused by a chemical imbalance in our brains, then medication will surely help to correct that instability. That doesn’t mean you are bound to medication forever, but do not let shame keep you from finding the relief that medication can provide for these mental health issues.
If you have questions about any of the things I’ve listed here, don’t hesitate to email me or leave a comment below!
5 thoughts on “Products I Use For My Anxiety”
Hi mom of 4 here with travel and driving anxiety. I have been trying therapy and thinking of starting lexapro. I am anxious about starting the medication but I feel my anxiety is getting worse over time. All the best!
I definitely understand being a little apprehensive about starting the medication! I was at first too, but it really did help me get my physical symptoms under control! I’m hoping to wean myself off my meds here soon – best of luck to you!