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Creating a panic attack treatment at home may seem like a challenging task, but it can be very easy and straight forward. Let’s go over how you can totally take back control of your life and say goodbye to panic attacks. All the panic attack treatments below are all-natural and do not require the use […] The post Amazing Panic Attack Treatment at Home appeared first on Unwind...
Creating a panic attack treatment at home may seem like a challenging task, but it can be very easy and straight forward.
Let’s go over how you can totally take back control of your life and say goodbye to panic attacks.
All the panic attack treatments below are all-natural and do not require the use of medication, but if you are on medication always check in with a doctor before getting off it.
Curing anxiety and panic attacks may almost feel impossible to accomplish, and you may feel that it’s something to manage all your life.
No matter how crazy you may feel at times, there is always a solution to every problem you can face. But to truly be free from anxiety and panic attacks we need to understand it first.
While anxiety and panic attacks are closely related they are not entirely the same thing. A large number of people can experience anxiety, but not all can experience a panic attack.
Anxiety can feel like you’re at life’s edge at times, and a panic attack can feel like you’re falling, and are continuously falling.
And while anxiety can affect anybody, from the mentally strong to the most athletic and healthy person, only some will experience a panic attack.
It can also range from mild anxiety to severe and constant feelings of dread.
Understanding yourself and how anxiety affects you personally is key to solving and unraveling yourself from its grasp.
That’s why I recommend journaling to anyone and everyone in some shape or form, it helps bring awareness to yourself and your body.
For some, the cure to their anxiety becomes obvious and really straight forward after journaling.
And it all comes down to changing your mindset. Your mind can be considered the root of all evil, but at the same time, it’s also the healing spring of life.
But what can I do for my anxiety? how do others cure their own anxiety?
One, be confident and comfortable. Two, never limit yourself and push forward.
Don’t let anything stop you from enjoying life.
I am making it sound easier than it really is, but once change happens things will start to slowly make sense.
Now panic attacks are different from anxiety and anxiety attacks. Panic attacks are a sudden surge of intense fear or panic that causes a wide variety of symptoms.
Symptoms like: heart palpitations, sweating, shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pains, fear of dying, hyperventilation, numbness, and tingling.
While anxiety can have similar symptoms, panic attacks are sudden and can happen anytime and anywhere without warning.
These symptoms arise with intensity and peak around 10 minutes and can begin to subside for some, but for others, they can last even 30 minutes.
Panic attacks are very unpleasant and frightening, so much so most people develop an intense fear of another or the next attack.
Having one isn’t something to be ashamed or embarrassed about, not everyone will experience a panic attack but most people will admit to feeling anxiety.
This intense bodily reaction may make you feel like the world is ending but I’m here to tell you there is nothing to fear.
One thing many people don’t know is that panic attacks cant actually hurt you, in fact, the symptoms resemble that of a workout session.
And while the feeling is very real these symptoms will always pass.
All of this is taught by Barry McDonough in his book Panic Away, you can check it out here.
Before anything else I personally want anyone reading this to keep this post as a resource or reminder and a way to stay accountable.
Bookmark the page, share it on Facebook, Pinterest or any other social media as a reminder and the reason you started. Or as resource for someone else to use.
Curing anxiety and panic attacks will take time and energy, and staying focused and motivated all the time is ideal but not realistic.
So when you need a source for inspiration, this post will be there. There are many ways to combat your anxiety, and while some may work, others won’t.
With a proper plan and strategy in place, anything can be accomplished. Even curing anxiety and panic attacks naturally and without medication.
If you do take medication for your anxiety it’s important to speak with your doctor first before getting off of it.
Sadly, many people have gone through years of unsuccessful treatments for ending anxiety and it due to the treatment of symptoms and not the root cause.
Treating the symptoms is just like sweeping dirt under the rug, the problem isn’t in sight but that doesn’t mean it disappeared, in fact, it’s getting bigger.
Making a natural and healthy panic attack treatment at home for yourself is also not very hard and complicated, and can be straight forward.
I even urge you to keep it as simple as possible, making it easier to stick with it even on those rough and tough days.
The first step in any treatment is knowing as much as possible about what it causing you harm or discomfort. Same can be said for treating panic attacks.
Self-discovery is by far the most important step in my opinion when it comes to making a panic attack treatments at home
What causes my anxiety?
Why does this/that cause a reaction in me?
When am I most anxiety?
What foods do I notice causes me stress?
Who or what stresses me out the most?
When and where do I get panic attacks?
These are but a small few questions you should always as yourself and solve. They are like small puzzles that lead to a great treasure.
The mentality one has is so powerful that famous authors like Charlie Hoehn, author of “Play It Away: A Workaholic’s Cure for Anxiety“, wrote a whole book on how changing his mentality cured his anxiety.
Not only him but Barry McDonough also teaches about changing your mindset so that you change the way your body reacts to panic attacks and in the end curing it completely.
The mindset is very important, it can change the course of anyone’s day with the right mentality.
Here is one really amazing and simple exercise you can do that can really help in controlling your own panic attack.
Its called the 20-second rule.
Whenever you feel your anxiety or a panic attack coming, you tell your body it has 20 seconds to finish, nothing more.
Whatever you feel any bodily sensation you fear, say to yourself it must happen within that 20-second time frame, then it stops.
–If your heart is going to explode then it has 20 seconds to do so.
–Whether or not you are going to lose control, then your mind has 20 seconds to do so.
–Or, If you are going to faint – 20 seconds! But absolutely no more time than that.
You get the picture.
By setting a specific time frame you establish boundaries and control. If it were a poker game, you are asking anxiety to show its hand.
This works because it establishes a sense of control within your mind and body. Count nice and slowly, breath deeply, and don’t allow anxiety or panic attacks more than 20 seconds.
Count your way to freedom. Count your way to confidence.
Almost all of the best treatment plans have protocols, steps, or a plan of action if you will for getting something done.
That’s why journaling is one of your strongest tools in fighting back against anxiety and panic attacks.
At first, it may seem like writing things down isn’t really gonna solve anything. I am guilty of having this same thought and feelings about writing and journaling.
But the goal isn’t to just write for the sake of writing, there needs to be purpose and intent. Our purpose for writing is to help cure our anxiety, keep that in mind when journaling.
The intent is how things are going to get accomplished. There is one approach that I prefer and that is…
Observe, Label, Watch, and Move on.
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This approach is used to gradually help you stop reacting with fear to the thought and learn to treat it them nothing more than weird thoughts.
Let’s go over each of these individually…
Observe: This is the first exercise. Here we take in what we are feeling in the moments of anxiety or panic attack. We don’t want to push anything away, we want to let it in.
Fighting these emotions and feelings is like fighting a heavy current. Constantly fighting against all of these at the end of the day just exhaust you and leave you defenseless for the next attack.
Become comfortable with these and let them flow through you. We are not trying to get rid of these thoughts, emotions or feelings because they will never go away fully.
Instead, let’s spend the energy on changing how we react.
Label: Labeling is where you can start writing. This can serve as an outlet for the emotions felt and a way to catalog events and experiences.
Using the 4 W’s (Who, What, Where, Why), write down your story.
Don’t let it get stale though and get creative. Draw graphs, or images, even rank experiences to best describe the different scenarios that cause these feelings to surface.
A little creativity goes a long way, and makes the process enjoyable and something to look forward to.
Watch: Always learn something new. This step might be hard because relieving past events may resurface those same emotions your writing about.
But learning from past experiences is what keeps us alive. Growing, understanding, and changing are necessary sometimes.
What could you have done differently, why did you react the way you did?
This is where we can start to see the change in both mentally and physically.
Move on: Finally we move on. Problems will keep coming your way in life, so why should we allow one thing to keep us at the moment.
I imagine it like a dam, the water level will just keep increasing with time. Eventually, if nothing is done the water will either spillover or crack the walls.
Now I am no nutritionist but I do know what an unhealthy diet and lifestyle can do.
Personally I can get pretty lazy, and prefer things nice and simple and the same thing can be said about my diet.
Drastic changes are not needed to have a positive effect on you, even one small change can make a huge difference.
Simple things like cutting back on meat, or adding more vegetables and fruits into meals can have long term benefits on both stress and anxiety.
Its sometimes so important doctors highly advise patients with high levels of anxiety that are prone to panic attacks to change their diets.
Now caffeine is not entirely bad for you. In fact, a little can actually perk you up and lift up one’s mood.
But it can also have negative effects on your stress levels. Stress can make anxiety and panic attack symptoms feel more severe and happen more often.
If it does affect you this way you can reduce your intake by drinking green tea or cut it out completely.
The same thing can be said about supplements, they can be great support but they shouldn’t replace natural sources of vitamins and minerals.
And while there are many supplements marketed towards stress and anxiety relief, it is also worthy to note that supplements are not FDA regulated, so careful what you buy.
Check out our list of best anxiety and stress supplements that are all-natural. Or if you prefer eating gummies I wrote this amazing review of the Goodbye Stress Gummies.
Learn how these small gummies can save you $2,000 a year in medical bills!
Green tea besides its smaller caffeine content is also great for helping you fight anxiety. It has many antioxidants and unique compounds.
There is so much about tea that can be covered, and if you’re interested, check out our post on using Green Tea for Anxiety!
When it comes to self-care it’s about creating a lifestyle and not just a way to cope with the different symptoms.
Here at Unwind Therapies, we believe in creating lifestyles that both compliment you as a person and create the amazing life you want.
Make time for yourself, sometimes we can get caught up in the world, work, responsibilities, and we forget to take care of ourselves.
We forget to have fun and live a little, or even push it aside telling ourselves I will have time later. But then later never comes and you’re knee-deep in stress and anxiety.
Usually, meditation is one of the first things that is brought up when trying to manage or even create a panic attack treatment at home.
But why do people recommend it so much?
Honestly, I would have been the last person to even try meditation. If it was for this one class I took while learning massage therapy, I probably wouldn’t have ever tried it.
But that learning experience made me appreciate meditation and its power it has on creating that state of mind that helps you heal.
Especially mindfulness meditation, it helps you be aware of whatever it is that causes your anxiety. This is so important because it helps you understand yourself.
Even if you don’t meditate or don’t really consider trying it, be aware of when your mind is thinking negative or anxious thoughts and realizing that these thoughts are not beneficial.
Then, come up with different strategies that help you get out of these negative loops. Doing this will have a drastic impact on your feelings and emotions.
Be aware of what brings up these thoughts, make a mental note, then create and try different things to remove the thoughts or prove them wrong.
Sometimes all of these things can just seem very boring, repetitive, or maybe you’ve already tried them and it either doesn’t work or doesn’t last long.
This is why we should stay proactive and creative. I get bored very quickly of things so I’m always looking for new and exciting things to try.
Rituals sound like a very strong word, mysterious and a bit spooky. But they are just serious or actions you repeat to achieve something.
So something like making your bed in the morning can be a ritual for some.
The benefit of having a ritual in place can vary, but for some, it helps them bring more awareness into their lives, appreciation, and even confidence.
If you don’t know where to start, creating a morning ritual is a safe bet. Everyone wakes up and starts getting ready for their day, so its a perfect place to add in a small ritual.
Drawing is such a wonderful form of expression and not many people take advantage of it. You don’t need to be Picasso or anything, as long as you have fun with it.
Take me for example, everyone in my family has amazing drawing skills, yet I can barely draw stick figures.
But I personally enjoy it still. I love drawing simple trees and birds. They remind me of the future house I want and exploring nature. Though at times I can be a perfectionist.
Now if you’re not into drawing there are still plenty of ways to express yourself. There is limitless ways you can create a space where you can relief your anxiety.
Try creating music. Many people listen to music because of its effects on stress and anxiety. But maybe creating a song can help you relate and connect with others.
You can try pottery. While I have never done pottery it is something that looks very interesting and enjoyable.
These are a few simple activities you can do, but the point I’m trying to make is that there is nothing holding you back but you.
Don’t hold yourself back from just having good old fun, fun is universal and ageless.
Sometimes we can’t do everything ourselves and it’s totally fair to get help. Now, this isn’t always going to support groups or doctors, it can be spending time with loved ones and friends.
Maybe joining a club or group that have similar interest and goals for the group can be one of the best supports out there.
I would recommend staying away from social media groups as much as possible, and just getting out there and physically being present.
Social media has made it easier for people to connect, but at the same time its made it too easy to disconnect as well.
We want a real and tangible support group, people we can trust and rely on.
Here is a great way to get social while teaching and learning. I highly suggest getting two books, One “Panic Away” by Barry McDonough.
Two, “Play It Away: A Workaholic’s Cure for Anxiety” by Charlie Hoehn.
They are both experts in their field and the knowledge they provide for those experiencing anxiety and panic attacks is indispensable.
While both speak about changing your mindset, they each take a different approach to achieving this.
Charlie Hoehn focuses on taking action and giving yourself permission to play and do what you want to do. That life isn’t all about work and feeling like crap.
On the other hand, Barry McDonough focuses on helping you break out of the cycle that has you stuck. He teaches why many are stuck and how to break free.
Getting together with a group, learning and teaching each other what you learned is so much beneficial than reading alone. I recommend you at least trying it once.
I recently have been enjoying cooking, and while at times it can be a bit stressful I can get a sense of accomplishment when something I cook comes out tasting great.
Food has been used to comfort many for centuries. Inviting some friends over for dinner or even just having someone teach you a new recipe can be very rewarding.
This can be a great bonding time with loved ones, as well as one great stress reliever. Cook healthy dishes and make it part of your self-care practice.
You can make it a weekly or biweekly thing, so its something to look forward to.
While this may only apply to those who have a space for gardening if you wish to try there are still options.
You can try your green thumb at growing and maintaining a small bonsai tree, or even small vegetables in pots.
Sometimes caring for something else can have uplifting effects on your mood and stress levels. It also can bring life back into your living space with fresh greenery.
The benefits of tea have been proven time and time again, especially using green tea for anxiety, stress, and depression. This popular worldwide drink has so many health benefits its hard to count, so let’s look at each benefit green tea has on anxiety. How Does Green Tea Soothe Anxiety? The Chinese have used green […] The post Best Green Tea for Anxiety & Stress appeared first on Unwind...
The benefits of tea have been proven time and time again, especially using green tea for anxiety, stress, and depression.
This popular worldwide drink has so many health benefits its hard to count, so let’s look at each benefit green tea has on anxiety.
The Chinese have used green tea for anxiety and other ailments and since its inception. Soon enough these same benefits became widespread around the world.
But how exactly does a simple drink like green tea helps soothe my anxiety, stress, and even depression?
Green tea has two things that make it more than just tea, it has powerful antioxidants and a special amino acid that is nearly exclusive to green tea, L-theanine.
Because of these two important compounds, many use green tea for anxiety on a daily basis.
While the antioxidants and l-theanine work in the background, you are also getting benefit from drinking water, and a little bit of the caffeine.
Now caffeine might not seem beneficial, but it’s uplifting and can help you perk up.
Green tea has the perfect amount of caffeine in every cup to provide you that much-needed boost to your mood.
Drink too much caffeine though, and you’ll start feeling jittery and the opposite effect.
So its recommended not to drink more than 3 cups of green tea for anxiety a day.
Water makes up to 60 percent of our body, so its important to our health is an understatement.
It helps keep our muscles and joints lubricated and regulate internal body temperature.
But how does it help with my anxiety, you may be asking?
Our brains also work like a muscle and also receives benefits from water.
It can keep our head clear and focused, while the lack of water can actually decrease your mood.
Tea is mostly water, so drinking tea is like killing 2 birds with one stone.
Not only are you getting your intake of water but also getting added benefits from the antioxidants, the l-theanine, and even the caffeine.
Antioxidants are important molecules that your body needs to function. Our bodies need a healthy amount of antioxidants for survival.
Even if you don’t know what antioxidants are, most people can recognize these important nutrients.
Nutrients such as: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Zinc, Manganese.
These antioxidants keep our bodies healthy, but they have one other job as well.
They help our bodies fend off free radicals.
Free radicals have been linked to a range of diseases such as heart disease and cancer.
While antioxidants do provide assistance with free radicals, by all means, increasing the intake of antioxidants in large amounts does not increase their benefits.
Having a healthy diet and getting our intake of antioxidants through natural sources of food is most beneficial for our bodies.
As we live our lives, eat and breath, compounds known as free radicals are generated.
They are the natural byproduct of normal chemical reactions in our bodies.
Think of these as the waste produced from our cells, but they can walk around and hate being alone.
So they travel around your body looking for another pair. This process causes damage to our cells and can lead to serious problems.
While they do cause harm to our bodies they also help by fighting off infections.
As with everything keeping a healthy balance of free radicals in our bodies is ideal for a healthy body.
Flavonoids are compounds that are present in most plants. These flavonoids have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory behaviors.
They are reported to help our bodies fight off degenerative diseases like cancer, heart disease, and memory loss.
This beneficial compound is just an added benefit and another reason drinking green tea is not only great for anxiety, but overall health.
L-theanine is an amino acid naturally found in green teas and very rarely found naturally from other sources.
You could almost say that l-theanine is exclusive to green teas. (White, Green, Oolong, and Black Teas)
But for people who don’t like the taste, you can eat l-theanine rich foods such as nuts, broccoli, and whole grains.
This powerful amino acid helps relax and alleviate stress and anxiety in a number of ways.
Making the use of green tea for anxiety one of a kind.
One of the many ways l-theanine helps you reduce anxiety, stress, and depression is by boosting neurotransmitters in the brain.
More specifically the release of serotonin, GABA, and dopamine.
These neurotransmitters are so important because they not only relax you and your mind, but help improve memory, and learning.
Interestingly enough, l-theanine also helps increase alpha brain waves.
Alpha waves are associated with relaxation and calming down, and it’s the same brainwave achieved during meditation practices.
So it’s safe to say l-theanine is powerful and beneficial for reducing anxiety, stress, and depression.
For more information on l-theanine, bebrainfit goes into this amino acid in greater detail.
Not all teas contain l-theanine, only teas that come from the Camilla Sinensis plant do. These include White, Black, Oolong, Pu-erh and of course Green tea.
The difference between each of these teas is small and each contains nearly identical amounts of L-theanine and antioxidants.
The one exception to this is matcha green tea. The leaves and process used to create matcha are what sets it apart from the rest.
It is said that matcha contains 5 times the amount of l-theanine than in other teas.
Japanese teas are also said to contain higher levels of l-theanine, and it all comes down to when and how the leaves are picked.
So if you’re looking for the best of the best, check our list below.
All of the teas on this list are also sold organic and fresh from Cup & Leaf.
I highly recommend everyone purchasing loose leave teas through them.
Amazon can be quick and easy but the quality isn’t always assured.
If you are serious about getting the best for your body Cup & Leaf is the best option.
Plus they sell all their teas in loose leave which is much better in terms of benefits.
There are a couple of things to keep in mind when getting the most out of every cup.
It is highly recommended to use tea leaves over tea bags when brewing your cup of green tea.
Using the tea leaves has significantly more benefits over tea bags.
Brewing the leaves allows the tea to release a lot more of its nutrients.
Another important factor to keep in mind is the steep time. You should steep your teas for 3 – 5 minutes.
Remember the longer the steep, the deeper the flavor you’ll get as well.
It’s also important to know that loose tea leaves can also be steeped multiple times.
This makes them really economical if you enjoy multiple cups of tea a day.
All the teas below have been handpicked by us as the best, so you can shop with confidence.
If you don’t enjoy drinking green tea but still want to get the same benefits for your anxiety, you can also try using supplements that have l-theanine.
NOTICE: Supplements are not FDA regulated so always do your research before choosing your supplements.
We also did our researched and list the Top 10 Natural and Healthy Supplements you can use today for your anxiety.
All of these supplements are made with all-natural ingredients so you can shop with peace of mind.
Delicate with a mild and sweet taste, white tea is minimally processed to produce its fresh taste.
White tea is regardless as one of the finest teas available.
Originally only available in China, thanks to the development of new cultivation techniques and mass production, you can enjoy yourself this fine tea.
Black teas flavor is due to the process of fully oxidizing the leaves before drying.
Blacks tea flavor is and richer than green tea, and has hints of spiced, nutty, or smokey flavor.
Black tea is more bitter than green tea, but properly brewing it leaves you with a smooth and flavorful taste.
Our favorite black tea is Earl Grey Black Tea.
This widely popular and know tea has created widespread buzz for its benefits since its birth.
Its benefits have been time and time again proven and its unique nutrients have many back for a second cup.
The best green tea can have a wide range of taste, from bittersweet, nutty, to fruity.
With it benefits its no wonder its one of the most popular drinks in the world.
Now if you are looking for green tea with the most benefit, then by far Japanese green teas are the way to go.
Their almost ritual-like processing of tea leaves is the gold standard for tea. If you are looking for the best of the best then look no further.
These are the best Japanese green teas for anxiety, stress, and anxiety.
Translated to “New Tea”, the very first leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant are picked and used.
The first harvest is considered the best and most delicious.
The freshness of this tea is through the roof, and the taste is sweeter and has a lower level of astringency.
The popularity of this type of tea is so high it sells out very quickly, and hard to come by overseas.
The leaves used in matcha are grown in shade, and when harvested are dried are ground to a fine powder.
You receive more nutrients and benefits from matcha than any other tea.
you literally drink the entire leaf in every cup of matcha.
So if your looking for the tea with the highest antioxidant content as well as l-theanine than look no further.
Besides using green tea for anxiety, there are also herbal teas that have similar benefits you can use.
The difference between green tea and herbal tea is the plant used, all green tea are made from the same plant, the “Camilla Sinensis”. While herbal teas are made from flowers, nuts, and roots.
Some of these teas aren’t as popular as green tea but can be just as good for you.
Its also nice to change it up a little from time to time, so it’s great to know there are options between teas to choose from for anxiety and stress.
Lemon balm belongs to the mint family and features a very refreshing citrusy flavor with hints of mint.
Studies show that lemon balm tea may help reduce anxiety and depression by targeting our nervous system.
A relaxed nervous system has an all-around calming and effect on both the body and mind.
Chamomile tea is made from the flowers of the chamomile plant and its flavor is very similar to a crisp green apple.
This tea is popularly known for its effect on relaxation and inducing sleep.
The calming effects of chamomile tea are thanks to apigenin—an antioxidant that directly targets neurotransmitters in the brain to help you relax.
Here at Unwind Therapies, we love to cover all the bases.
So if you prefer to drink tea from tea bags, we got you covered.
While the benefits of using loose tea leaves are better sometimes having a quick way to get your tea fix is ideal.
So here are our top 5 picks for best green teas for anxiety that come in tea bags.
Yogi Green Tea Super Antioxidant, is an immune-supporting tea that combines refreshing Peppermint and Lemongrass with Licorice and Fennel for a naturally sweet herbal blend.
Their tea is purposefully formulated to supply antioxidants and help reduce free-radicals.
The lemongrass adds bright, citrus flavor, while Licorice and Jasmine Green Tea lend sweet and floral notes.
Tea is generally considered safe with almost no known side effects, consuming too much caffeine will definitely lead to some side effects.
So its best to drink no more than 3 cups of tea daily.
Pregnant women should try to avoid tea because of its caffeine contents, especially in the early months of pregnancy.
Side effects of too much caffeine include:
Green tea’s side effects are very rare and are usually only experienced in cases where a person who is consuming large amounts of green tea already has a medical condition in play.
Here are the Top 5 Best Rooibos Tea Brand Green tea has been acknowledged for its many health and wellness benefits. But this one tea really outshines green tea, rooibos Tea! Rooibos tea is so amazing we had to share with you the top 5 Best Rooibos Tea Brand. Did you also know that rooibos […] The post Best Rooibos Tea Brand 2019 (Price & Review) appeared first on Unwind...
Green tea has been acknowledged for its many health and wellness benefits. But this one tea really outshines green tea, rooibos Tea!
Rooibos tea is so amazing we had to share with you the top 5 Best Rooibos Tea Brand.
Did you also know that rooibos tea can help you lose weight? If not I highly recommend checking our post on using rooibos tea to lose weight!
Also, check out this rooibos tea weight loss program as soon as possible.
Davidson’s Organic South African Rooibos is an excellent product and one of the top rooibos teas on the market.
It’s certified organic and fair trade, but it’s still quite affordable due to the bulk packaging.
This bulk pack is sold as rooibos loose leaves, but don’t let that discourage you from purchasing.
You can easily use empty tea bags or just brew as is.
Down below I’ve written a step but step brewing guide for you to follow.
This is a bulk bag of 16 oz of pure, 100% organic South African Rooibos for about $15. One of the cheapest on the market
Twinnings rooibos tea is one of the most popular European tea brands, with a history dating back to 1706!
They handle each tea bag with care, packaging each individually so they maintain freshness longer.
Making sure you have a fresh cup of rooibos tea on hand.
Free from additives and preservatives, your left with 100% pure rooibos red tea.
This along with individual packaging makes this tea on the pricy side of things.
That’s 120 individually wrapped, fresh and waiting to be served rooibos tea bags!
Rooibos Rocks is a company that focuses solely on rooibos tea. They use organic ingredients and simple, eco-friendly packaging.
Focusing solely on rooibos has allowed the company Rooibos Rocks to really produce the finest rooibos.
Grown and in the best tea-producing zones, there is no better.
Not only is quality and taste high but quality doesn’t fall short either.
Each pack comes with a 100 count of rooibos tea bags, packaged and ready to be brewed.
At almost $20, there are certainly cheaper options but the quality here it tops.
Numi has amazing premium teas, boasting over 20 different flavors, including 3 unique rooibos flavors.
These include Rooibos, Rooibos Chai, and Chocolate Rooibos.
This is a great product from one of the most trusted names in tea – but it’s a bit expensive.
Their teas are made with organic fruits, spices, and flowers. They prioritize quality, which is shown by the odorless tea in its packaging.
Again this tea is on the pricey side, 54 amazing tea bags for $16.
This is a simple, rooibos tea that’s sold in bulk to keep costs down.
The aroma is much earthier than other rooibos teas out there but has no bitter taste.
This brand of rooibos tea is also unique because its one of the few to provide consumers with flavor options, mild or strong.
Each pack comes with 80 individual tea bags, and you can get two-pack for just $18!
This price is really unbeatable for 160 rooibos tea bags and your choice of two flavors.
Rooibos tea is made from a red bush originating from South Africa.
it’s caffeine-free and has so many benefits due to its natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Rooibos like other teas is delicious when served hot or iced, and can be paired with sweeteners or milk.
But the antioxidants contained in rooibos are rare and powerful.
In fact, Its medicinal attributes have been confirmed by the US Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C.
Here are some benefits…
Making a cup of Rooibos is easy and straight forward.
Use your favorite brewing technique and amazing with or without sweeteners or milk.
Down below you’ll find a step by step guide on how to brew this delicious tea.
Rooibos tea is a safe to consume as any other green tea.
In some rare cases, people with hormone-sensitive conditions can increase estrogen production.
The effects are very mild though and would likely require you to drink large amounts of tea.
For best result, brew using 1.5 teaspoons of the rooibos tea leaves per every 8 oz of boiling water.
Most of our picks for best rooibos tea brand already come in tea bags with one exception on our list.
You can also get them here.
Fill the tea bag with 1.5 teaspoons of rooibos tea leaves.
You can skip this step if you already have rooibos in tea bags.
Next, we start to prep our main ingredient for our tea, water.
Fill your teapot/kettle (or regular pot) with filtered or spring water.
Rooibos tea tastes amazing when boiled at 212°F or 100°C.
The best way to determine the heat of the water is to use a food thermostat.
Unless you’re using an electric kettle, such as Willow & Everett’s Gooseneck Kettle.
Place your rooibos tea bag in a cup or mug. If you enjoy a stronger tasting tea, using two tea bags can increase the flavor.
You can add any additional sweeteners and/or milk (creamer).
Make sure to mix well afterward.
Finally, let the tea steep.
Compared to other teas rooibos tea takes longer to release its antioxidants and nutrients.
For that reason its best to steep for 5 to 10 minutes; 10 minutes being the best amount of time.
start by preparing the tea leaves, use 1.5 teaspoons of rooibos tea leaves for every cup (8oz)
Bring water to a boil, the ideal temperature for rooibos tea is 212°F or 100°C.
The best way to determine the heat of the water is to use a food thermostat unless you use an electric kettle, such as Willow & Everett’s Gooseneck Kettle.
Pour the boiling water over tea leaves and let the rooibos tea leaves steep for 5 to 10 minutes.
After the tea has finished releasing its nutrients and antioxidants, filter or sieve the tea leaves out.
Then pour and serve into a cup (mug).
Can rooibos tea really help me lose weight?
Rooibos tea is naturally sweet and is also a low-calorie drink, while its antioxidants help balance blood sugar levels, making it an ideal weight loss drink.
It also has ingredients that help reduce stress, which is linked to increased hunger and fat storage.
More reason to get one of our top picks for the best rooibos tea brand.
I recently also found this amazing rooibos tea weight loss program, its perfect for beginners with many recipes for the brewing the perfect rooibos tea.
While rooibos can be a great alternative, green tea is also amazing for helping you lose weight. Its other amazing benefits also make it one of the healthiest drinks on the planet.
If you want to learn more about the health benefits of tea, check out our post on how it helps alleviate and cure anxiety!
Peace and calming, just those two words make me feel relaxed thinking of them. I personally think all of us are searching for a way to relax and unwind. Not just for ourselves but for our family too. If you are like me, you’ve been running non stop all day working and running errands, you want […] The post Peace and Calming Essential Oil Blend Recipe appeared first on Unwind...
Peace and calming, just those two words make me feel relaxed thinking of them.
I personally think all of us are searching for a way to relax and unwind. Not just for ourselves but for our family too.
If you are like me, you’ve been running non stop all day working and running errands, you want to come home to an environment that allows you to kick your shoes off and slow down.
From my experience working at a Spa for many years, I learned how essential oils can really create an amazingly relaxing atmosphere. I especially love the Peace and Calming essential oil by Young Living.
This amazing blend is very costly sadly, around $40 for a 5 ml bottle! At the Spa, the cost was part of the overhead and easily supplemented with massages.
But at home, the cost will come out of pocket. But I did a little digging and found this super close recipe that allowed me to make triple the amount, costing me almost the same amount of one bottle of Young Living’s Peace and Calming.
This recipe will cost around $50 – $70 but you will easily be able to make around 3 batches, averaging a price of $120. The value here is amazing.
Follow the recipe below, for one amazing blend. Each essential oil should be added to an empty bottle.
Tangerine’s benefits: antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-aging, purifying, sedative, and assisting digestion.
Orange’s benefits: antidepressant, antispasmodic (muscle spasms), sedative, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, anti-inflammatory.
Ylang Ylang’s benefits: antidepressant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, hypotensive, and sedative.
Patchouli’s benefits: antidepressant, antiseptic, astringent, deodorant, diuretic, fungicide, insecticide, and sedative.
German Chamomile’s benefits: antispasmodic, antiseptic, antibiotic, antidepressant, anti-neuralgic, analgesic, sedative, aids digesting, antispasmodic, bactericidal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-infectious.
Roman Chamomile’s benefits: antispasmodic, antiseptic, antibiotic, antidepressant, anti-neuralgic, analgesic, sedative, aids digesting, antispasmodic, bactericidal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-infectious.
Here are some unique ways to use these essential oils plus the peace and calming essential oil blend.
Caution: Remember if you are going to apply essential oils to your skin always make sure to use a carrier oil to prevent skin irritation and breakout.
You can develop stress in any job, even if you love what you do. Deadlines, presentations, and big projects are full of stressors. Practicing fun ways to relieve stress at work can just slip your mind. A buildup of stress can have negative effects, such as fatigue and sleep disturbances or lack of motivation and […] The post 21 Fun Ways to Relieve Stress at Work appeared first on Unwind...
You can develop stress in any job, even if you love what you do. Deadlines, presentations, and big projects are full of stressors. Practicing fun ways to relieve stress at work can just slip your mind.
A buildup of stress can have negative effects, such as fatigue and sleep disturbances or lack of motivation and anxiety.
Whether you’re an employer looking for motivational tools or an employee looking for positive ways to de-stress, here are some fun ways to relieve stress at work.
A study by Sheffield University found that listening to music in an office-based working environment led to workers having a more positive mood, which is believed to improve work performance.
So grab your headphones, pull out your favorite playlist, and use music as one of your fun stress relief activities at work.
Positive relationships at work are so important. Even if they can’t solve your problems, the simple act of talking about your stress with someone you trust can actually reduce the severity – or clear it up altogether.
Studies find that social support at work is associated with lower blood pressure during the working day.
Getting out of the office, away from the stress at work, and into a totally different environment clears your mind and helps you change perspective.
This change in mindset might be all you need to clear the stress away and get back to the office ready to tackle some work.
Exercise is a fantastic stress reliever that can work in minutes. Taking a walk also allows you to enjoy a change of scenery, which can get you into a different frame of mind, and brings the benefits of exercise as well.
Take a trip to a nearby dog park and enjoy some quality time with man’s best friend. Giving you double the stress-fighting potential.
When trying to relax your mind It’s all about deep breathing. Concentrate on relaxing your body from your head to your toes as you inhale and exhale. You could also try the 4-7-8 breathing exercise.
This breathing pattern is great for reducing anxiety, managing cravings and reducing anger responses.
You first inhale for 4-seconds and hold for 7-seconds. Then finally breath out the mouth and exhale for 8-seconds. Repeat up till 4 times, when needed.
Simple meditation doesn’t take long at all and can help you control stress, improve relaxation and decrease anxiety.
Need step-by-step instruction on meditating alone, check our guide here. It’s short and simple, so you can start meditating in less than 5 minutes.
Looking at images of loved ones and happier times is proven to help reduce stress and decrease anxiety.
Images can serve as a simple reminder that we’re loved and cared for, which then makes us feel safe.
You can also try looking at images of great sceneries, cute animals, the ocean, and even architectural patterns.
With activities like forest bathing on the rise, it’s clear that humans benefit from being outdoors.
Being surrounded by nature and in sunlight can improve vitamin D levels, help with concentration and prevent illnesses, both long and short term.
This can be one of those fun stress relief activities at work, especially for anyone who is cooped up in an office all day.
laughter is the best medicine. A good chuckle stimulates circulation and soothes tension in your body. Laughter is also known to reduce levels of stress hormones such as cortisol.
So grab a buddy tell silly dad jokes and have a few laughs. By far one of my favorite fun ways to relieve stress at work.
Having something to look forward to throughout the workday can help to get your mind off of all the things that may be worrying you.
The right snack can also give your blood sugar a boost and improve your overall energy. Think dark chocolate, blueberries, and yogurt.
I personally love my snack times and make sure its part of my fun stress relief activities at work.
Now reading quotes may seem like a simple thing, but how about a little decorative that also works as a source for inspiration.
Primitives by Kathy Words of Wisdom is a small wooden box with short amazing quotes. If you love quotes and small wooden boxes this is a perfect office item for you.
Not only you but co-workers will look forward to your daily quotes.
I know for a lot of people, including myself, we try to take on either too much or everything alone. The same can be said about managing our stress and anxiety.
I bet most of us try to figure out online how to best fight our increasing stress and anxiety levels, and sometimes we succeed but more times than not we don’t.
Even I who does research on stress and anxiety on a daily needs help, I’m by far no expert and even if I was new information is always found.
So always seek out help from an expert in their field, one of those experts I highly suggest listening to is Barry McDonough.
He is the creator of the Panic Away program, and let me just tell you that its the cheapest and simplest program out there.
His program has helped hundreds of thousands of his students completely live free from anxiety and stress. So have a leap of faith and try it today.
Like I said before getting help from those experts in the field of stress, anxiety, and depression is gonna be one of the most beneficial things you can do.
One way you can easily get help from these experts is through their self-help books.
With that personal experience, she was able to create cute but powerful self-help worksheets that are not only cheap but very easy to use.
The aroma of lavender is famously known for its relaxing properties. Rub some on your wrist, close your eyes, hold your wrist up close to your nose and inhale deeply.
Picture yourself in a field of lavender in Provence France, the purple stalks waving in the breeze.
If you love DIY check out our Peace & Calming Essential Oil Recipe.
Treat yourself now and again to some peppermint chocolate—particularly dark chocolate. The chocolate itself is stress relieving, the peppermint provides a burst of minty energy.
While the tiny sugar rush might be just enough to get you over the hump.
York peppermint chocolates are my favorite, and one of my favorite fun ways to relieve stress at work. Highly recommend them to anyone feeling stress in the workplace.
Pour a cup of boiling water over a handful of chamomile leaves or a chamomile tea bag. The herbal mix, long known for its gentle, soothing properties, will help to de-stress and center you.
For the best results, drink one to two cups of chamomile tea daily or when feeling stressed out.
Check out our top picks for best rooibos tea here, rooibos tea has amazing benefits and stress-relieving properties.
Or better yet, check out our amazing post on using green tea to actually help you cure anxiety and stress. Talk about benefits! Check it out Here
How about something tasty and stress relieving? Such a thing can’t exist, besides dark chocolate.
Well, I’m here to prove you wrong, these little gummies here were made with both taste and stress relieve in mind.
I recently reviewed Olly’s Goodbye Stress Gummies, and they are amazingly tasty and surprisingly good at helping with stress.
They have 3 stress-fighting ingredients, GABA, L-theanine, and lemon balm. You can read our review and about these ingredients here.
Aromatherapy has real benefits for stress relief—it can help you to feel energized, more relaxed, or more present in the moment.
One of the best fun ways to relieve stress at work in my opinion. Nothing beats the effects of a good essential oil blend.
Again check out our post, Peace & Calming Essential Oil Recipe, this is one of the best essential oil blends.
The best diffuser for the office space, in my opinion, is the VicTsing 3rd Version Aromatherapy Diffusers.
Nature is so beautiful and relaxing, not only for the mind but the soul as well. But working in a downtown office with nearly nothing resembling “nature” can be disappointing.
So why not bring nature to your desk? One of the best ways to do this is by growing a Bonsai tree.
Now I know some can be intimidated by gardening without experience, but growing one can be an amazingly rewarding experience.
I recommend starting with a “Ficus Bonsai” as they are beginner-friendly.
Yoga combines physical movement, meditation, light exercise, and controlled breathing—all of which provide excellent stress relief.
I recommend checking out Yoga Burn, one of the best yoga online classes I’ve seen.
In some cases, supplements may be a great tool to support you in times of extreme anxiety and stress.
Sadly supplements are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), so always do careful research.
You can also check out our top 10 natural stress and anxiety supplements, all of the supplements here are Safe, and All-Natural so you can shop with confidence.
You’ve followed the usual tips for getting sleep — having a sleeping schedule, avoiding caffeine, practicing yoga, meditation, and managing stress. Still, it’s been weeks and a good night’s sleep remains just out of reach. Should I try over-the-counter sleep aid? Here’s everything you need to know if you’re thinking of using sleep-aids. Melatonin Natrol […] The post Melatonin vs Zzzquil (Prices, Side Effects, Safety) appeared first on Unwind...
You’ve followed the usual tips for getting sleep — having a sleeping schedule, avoiding caffeine, practicing yoga, meditation, and managing stress.
Still, it’s been weeks and a good night’s sleep remains just out of reach. Should I try over-the-counter sleep aid?
Here’s everything you need to know if you’re thinking of using sleep-aids.
Natrol Melatonin is 100% vegetarian and offers a biphasic delivery system which releases melatonin quickly to help you fall asleep fast and then steadily to help you stay asleep all night. Melatonin helps establish normal sleep patterns to promote a more restful, relaxing sleep and better overall health.
When you’re having trouble getting that sound sleep your internal clock craves, add some Zzzs to your night with ZzzQuil. This non-habit-forming sleep-aid helps you get some shut-eye, so you can wake up feeling refreshed. Available in Warming Berry Flavor.
Reviewers of ZzzQuil say that this helps them quickly find sleep whenever they have difficulty sleeping.
They also report feeling refreshed in the morning and not groggy. Some even say they find ZzzQuil to be more effective than prescribed sleep medicine.
You can find ZzzQuil in liquid, capsule, and chewable form.
Melatonin, on the other hand, is a hormone found naturally in the body. Its main job is to regulate night and day cycles or our sleep-wake cycles.
Darkness causes the body to produce more melatonin, helping you sleep. And light decreases melatonin production.
It can be really helpful when dealing with jet lag and drastic changes in work hours.
Take it 20 minutes before bedtime, and always start with a small dosage first.
You can always increase your dosage if needed, but you shouldn’t exceed a dosage of 10 mg.
Here are our thoughts on melatonin vs ZzzQuil…
ZzzQuil doesn’t contain acetaminophen, making it safer to use than Tylenol Pm and Benadryl, two other sleep-aids.
But the longer you use it the less effective it becomes.
Most melatonin supplements are more on the natural side, having natural ingredients. They also almost all come in pill form.
So if you have trouble with pills, the liquid version of ZzzQuil could be a better option for you.
ZzzQuil is also available in 3 different forms, liquid, chewable, and in tablets. Giving you a range of options to try.
We have also looked into what the best melatonin supplement is, and after hours of research, reading through 100’s of reviews, researching ingredients carefully we have decided one beat the rest.
Below are the prices for each and our #1 pick for best melatonin sleep-aid.
Driftoff Premium Sleep Aid is vegan and non-GMO. The formula contains melatonin and valerian root, along with other herbal-based ingredients.
It also has ingredients that have a calming effect that ease anxiety and stress. Take it 20 to 30 minutes before bedtime and enjoy a good nights rest.
Both ZzzQuil and melatonin sleep aids have almost the same side-effects. If you wake up feeling drowsy or groggy, reducing the dosage can help alleviate the symptoms.
Symptoms ZzzQuil and melatonin include:
Most sleep-aids like ZzzQuil contain antihistamines. The only issue is that tolerance to antihistamines can develop quite quickly. So the longer you take them, the less likely they are to help you sleep.
Generally, they shouldn’t be used for any more than two weeks at a time.
When it comes to melatonin and dosage it is highly recommended, to begin with, a small dosage of 1mg – 3mg.
If the dosage isn’t enough you can go up to 5mg, but as a precaution, you should never exceed 10mg of melatonin.
In terms of ZzzQuil, If you take one 30 ml each night, it should last you 10 – 12 days.
Melatonin and ZzzQuil are mostly safe when used by mouth appropriately. Some people have used melatonin safely for up to 2 years, but as stated above it can come with some side effects.
Always check in with your primary doctor first before taking any of these supplements.
Especially if you are on other medication as well.
some of the ingredients in both of these sleep-aids can be a little disconcerting, so let’s look at what each of them do.
To some, these inactive and active ingredients can cause allergic reactions. Some assume that these fillers are very harmful, but the amount of it in these products are small and classified safe by the FDA.
So always check each supplement and make sure you aren’t allergic to these active and inactive ingredients.
Silicon dioxide is a natural chemical mix of silicon and oxygen that has uses in many food products as an anti-caking agent.
An anti-caking agent is a type of preservatives that prevent the product from sticking together and also extend its shelf life.
While the name sounds very scary, silicon dioxide is natural.
Silicon dioxide also exists naturally in our bodies and plants that we eat, such as:
Crospovidone is an inactive ingredient found in many medications.
It is a disintegrant, meaning it helps the supplement release its medicinal substances on contact with moisture, like stomach fluids.
Propylene glycol is used to help keep tablet and capsule lubricated.
Propylene glycol is also used in various edible items such as coffee-based drinks, ice cream, whipped dairy products, and sodas.
Toxicity of propylene glycol is very low, and large quantities would be required to have noticeable effects in humans.
So much so it would be nearly impossible to reach toxic levels by consuming foods or supplements with propylene glycol.
These are just some of the ingredients that are in these products that are scary sounding.
Sometimes these additives can be confused with other more serious ones, but I make sure to do research to keep myself and those around me safe.
Always do your research and keep yourself safe. Tell us what you think of our review on melatonin vs ZzzQuil, I would love to hear what we could add to help you out more.
Check out our other post on supplements that help relief stress, we even have 2 gifts waiting for you
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