Natural remedies for anxiety?

Right now I can't go through to the trouble of going to the doctor and getting prescription, so does anyone know of some plant-based medicine that can treat anxiety but won't make me sleepy so I can use them to work? I'm going to be hired and I don't want to ruin another job because of my high cortisol levels but at the same time I can't afford psychiatric treatment while unemployed, so I need to something in-between

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  • Don't know what country you're in but if you live in the US you may qualify for Medicaid which would pay for some therapy or meds if you need or want them.

    Sorry I can't help you with any other advise. I know Anxiety disorders can be like pure hell.

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  • Well the only advice i've ever gotten even professionally is breathing exercises and mindfulness, which helps but it takes a damn massive amount of mental strain and patience. Exercise is supposed to help too. For the physical symptoms of anxiety you can get beta blockers which yeah you need prescription for but it might be worth it. I don't want to take heavy medication and I know many people don't feel good on anxiety medications longterm so I would recommend other options and in that case beta blockers are the second best because the physical symptoms of anxiety can be a real pain when you're out at work. The anxiety in your head you can work on with mindfulness techniques but it's gonna be hard, especially without professional support, then again nowadays you can get support online if you're willing to try that. I have really bad anxiety too and I know the struggle... It's easier said than done when it comes to the advice you're usually given especially since an anxious brain makes you usually a pessimist.

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  • Magnesium Citrate, Sam-E, 5HTP, Saint Johns Wart, L-Theonine, Ashwaganda

    You can get all those at walmart.

    St John's Wart in studies work just as good as prozac.

    5HTP is the precursor to serotonin.

    L-Theonine is a amino acid, I think. Anyway it has sedating effects if thats what helps you.

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  • Smoke weed. Magnesium is good for you as well. It’s actually recommended for post partum in women for this exact reason.

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  • Being present rather than thinking ahead and anticipating.

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  • I have a feeling that you just ate a washed up man o war.

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  • Live with it long enough where it eventually becomes apart of your personality and suppressing it to the point where you are a fish swimming without the concept of water.

    I just kept throwing myself into social situations until I eventually started to swim, sank a lot but that's just life.

    Granted, new experiences are scary, and I wont always have people to talk me through the situation but it will all get sorted at the end of the day. And if it doesnt well that's morning self's problem.

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  • Thank you so much. There's a health system in my country too, the problem is mostly public transportation that would cost a lot if I had to go to therapy like, once a week, as most hospitals are located in the wealthy areas. I might be able to afford it once I start getting my paycheck but I don't want to have an anxiety attack in the meantime. Anyway thanks for caring!

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    • No problem. I'm struggling with my own anxiety issues so I completely understand.

      As SkullsNRoses said some place offer talking therapy over the phone, but others also offer video sessions over the internet.

      I wish you the best.

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    • A lot of places offer talking therapy over the phone, it may be worth asking if this is an option.

      Congratulations on your new job also and good luck with it.

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