Watch the video about my top 7 natural social anxiety treatments or read all about it below:
There are a myriad of different to help with social anxiety and not everything works for everyone.
The thing to remember is: there is no one hit wonder. There is no one thing that you can just do once and click your fingers and everything gets magicked better.
I just want to put that out there first.
Treatment for social anxiety is something that is a process and often is a layered approach.
So, you have to take your treatment very seriously.
You need to trial many different things often – many different mindset techniques is one.
It’s not part of my seven but it’s one thing that you can think about.
Oftentimes, people do need to go on medication, at least, for a short term.
Being an energy healer, people often think that I am against medication, nothing could be further from the truth.
I do believe that medication can often, in a lot of cases, provide a short-term stop gap for your brain chemicals to come back up to the level that they need to be at for you to be able to put in the work that’s required to truly overcome social anxiety.
So, without further ado, I will just straight in to my top seven natural cures for social anxiety:
Breathing to help anxiety:
So if you’ve ever looked for natural remedies for social anxiety online, you’re bound to see breathing coming up as at least 3 out of the 7 top searches on Google.
And that’s because breathing is an incredibly effective – and also a very quick way to rest your body’s nervous system when you’re having a panic attack in a social situation.
So, a really easy breathing technique that I like to teach my clients is what we affectionately call “Xanax breath.”
And the idea behind calling it that is that the effect that you get from doing this breathing technique is like the effect of a Xanax.
So, it’s a very simple technique:
- Inhale for a count of 5
- Hold the breath for 5
- And exhale for 5.
You should feel in your body, if you breathed deeply enough into your belly that you have a really nice feeling of calm that comes over you.
And that is because the oxygen has been given enough time to go into your blood stream and by breathing out slowly – by holding the breath and breathing out slowly.
You’re not causing your bloodstream to be oversaturated with oxygen which is hyperventilation, which is a big trigger and a big symptom of panic attack.
So, if you do find yourself in a panic attack in a social situation and you do find that you can grab onto the presence of mind to do that quick Xanax breath technique, you can’t rush it, you have to breathe in for a legitimate count of five, hold for a legitimate count of five and out for a legitimate count of five.
And you should feel that result immediately. It’s an immediate physiological body response to doing that breathing technique and it’s a really good tool to have.
Water helps anxiety!
So, the second natural remedy for social anxiety is good old water.
It’s truly the elixir of life.
Water is a wonderful thing to drink and you should be drinking it regularly because our bodies are made up of about 90% water.
And water is at the bottom of everything that we do.
The reason why water is so important for anxiety recovery and especially social anxiety recovery is the way that the cells in your body communicate with each other are through electrical impulses.
Water is a conductor of electricity – so if your cells are nice and big and juicy and full of water, those messages can get through to each other.
So, your electrical circuit around your body (I also call this your energy circuit, your aura) is clean – it’s working efficiently, there are no blockages.
On a larger scale level, if you don’t want to think about it on that kind of a minute level, you don’t drink enough water, you become dehydrated which leads you to headache-y…in extreme cases, dizziness, nausea, feeling like you’re going to pass out which, again, mimics a panic attack.
So, oftentimes when people are hung over, they can have anxiety attacks and that is basically caused by being dehydrated.
Water is a fantastic tool to have so make sure that you drink lots of it.
Again, it’s not a one hit wonder.
You can’t just go and drink a couple of liters of water and never have a panic attack again. It’s the sort of thing that you need to start a habit and drink eight glasses, 5 to 8 glasses over the course of a day.
A lot of people find it very difficult to drink this amount of water. Just do what you can.
One glass of water is better than no glasses of water and you can go for herbal tea, you can flavour your water with lemon or with herbs or with mint.
Even at the beginning, you can put a small amount of cordial in your water if you need to, if you need that flavour.
If you’re coming off soda pop or soft drink and you rather…I think you call it Kool-Aid in America, we call it cordial in Australia…it’s a good way to come off the soda addiction and start on a habit of water instead, a small amount of cordial in the bottom of a glass, it’s a really good step-down.
Bach Flower Remedies for Sleeplessness
Number three that I recommend – and I actually use this a lot – is a bach flower essence and it’s called Rescue Remedy.
It’s a spray. You put it on your tongue – I do one spray on my tongue before bed and then one spray on my tongue when I jump in the shower before bed as well and that really helps just to ease my mind, relax my mind at the end of the day.
Bach flower essence is completely natural. They are in a base of alcohol. If you’re a purist and you don’t want any alcohol or any drugs at all in your anxiety remedy, don’t use bach flower liquids, use the pastilles instead – they do have lolly versions of the rescue remedy.
I personally have found rescue remedy which is a bark flower essence to be very, very effective with calming the chatter in my mind at the end of the day and just helping me to wind down.
I found it really, really effective.
Does St Johns Wort help anxiety?
Next thing…and this is also good for people that suffer mild depression, St. John’s Wort.
The brand that I use is Blackmores and I use that at the beginning of autumn or the beginning of fall.
So, in winter, you’re not getting enough sun which means you’re not getting enough serotonin. Serotonin is responsible for the happy, calm chemicals in your brain.
So, a lot of people find that their depression is way worse in winter and find that their anxiety, as well, is terrible in winter.
St. John’s Wort is a very effective way to naturally – in my example, anyway – in my case, it’s been a really good way to just support my brain chemicals to help get me through winter.
Can Ginkgo Biloba help with anxiety?
The other thing that I use – not at the same time as St. John’s Wort, I tend to use this on its own – is Ginkgo.
The brand I use for that is Fusion.
Ginkgo is really good for cardiovascular health so it basically improves your circulation throughout your limbs and to your brain as well.
And there have been some studies that have shown that it alleviates mild depression and anxiety as well.
I personally used it to help with dizziness that I experienced recently as well. It really, really helped with giving a natural cure that I had been experiencing.
Can magnesium help anxiety?
Magnesium is a really good natural anxiety supplement as well.
I take one of these tablets once a day 365 days a year. The brand I use is Fusion. It’s really good for muscle cramps, spasms and it just relaxes everything, just relaxes your muscles.
And it really helps to counteract that stress and tension that you do experience when anxiety seems to be the base way that you operate.
Can energy healing help anxiety?
Now, I’m an energy healer and I have found that throughout my anxiety recovery journey which is always an ongoing process, you know, there are times that anxiety peaks.
By and large, connection with the earth and connection with my own energy has been what has got me through.
Again, it’s not a one-hit wonder. You can’t go into energy healing with the expectation that you could just click your fingers and be magicked better.
Oftentimes, it will take several sessions to get your energy back on track to a point where it can be open to healing.
But a really good way that I find, just to calm and center myself is to put my hands over my heart chakra and then I feel the beat of my heart and then I sync my breathing with the beat of my heart.
And it might start off quite rapidly but then, little by little, as the heart starts to listen to the breath and the breath starts to listen to the heart, they begin to work in harmony together and it just, energetically, pulls every part of you back together again.
When you do this it means your essential organs are talking to each other again, which means the rest of the systems in your body are talking to each other again.
So that’s a very, very simple way of explaining energy healing, I suppose.
And I could go into a lot more micro detail but it’s the sort of thing that you need to take into account when you’re putting together a larger treatment plan for your social anxiety.
Download my free Energy Grounding meditation on MP3 to get you focused, centred, calm and fully IN your body.
Also – my free White Light Protection Meditation, also on MP3, which will help protect your aura from energy vampires such as negative people.
Love + light,