It seems like we’re all pretty anxious. Even before the beginning of a global pandemic, we lived in an age of constant stress and nervousness. Our devices, while amazing, constantly bring us news about potential disaster, and give us the opportunity to constantly envy each others’ lives on Instagram. Changing economic prospects make us unsure about where our lives are going. It’s no wonder that a full third of Americans, according to the Census Bureau, now display signs of anxiety and depression.
For some, the instinctive response to anxiety might be to seek medical help. And, for some, that might be necessary. But there are a large variety of non-pharmaceutical remedies for anxiety that are cheaper and less likely to have side effects—remedies that actually have solid scientific evidence behind them. Let’s review some of the best.
Some people report that tea has a less “buzzy” stimulant effect than coffee does. Part of the reason for this is L-Theanine, a compound that promotes focus and calm, which is found in large amounts in tea.