Disclaimer: I am not a medical practitioner so the following advice is based on personal experience only. If you have a chronic medical condition you should talk to your GP before trying any of the supplements suggested in this article.

 

Continuing Covid uncertainty as well as pandemic-related personal problems, ranging from impending unemployment to the lack of social support, means that more and more clients are complaining of increasing anxiety and even panic attacks. If you have tried health apps and they did not seem to bring relief, but you are unwilling to start taking antidepressants that your GP might recommend, you could give the following supplements a go and see if they make a difference. Remember to try one supplement at a time and always seek your doctor’s advice if you experience any side effects.

 

Magnesium

 

Easiest way to enhance your sleep quality, as well as help your muscles relax. Try between 300 and 600 mg magnesium a day and see if it makes a difference.

 

 

Epsom salt

 

Magnesium sulfate. Two cups of Epsom salt in a hot bath will almost certainly help you have a restful sleep as well as relieve muscle aches.

 

 

Phenibut

 

Phenibut is a central nervous system depressant. It is an anti-anxiety medication prescribed in Russia(initially invented to help Russian cosmonauts stay calm and have a good sleep whilst they were working at the space station), but is sold in Europe and America as a nootropic supplement. It boosts GABA activity in the brain and is used to treat anxiety, insomnia, depression and PTSD. Contrary to what many life hacking websites will tell you, it needs to be taken for at least a week to start working, although you are likely to feel the difference in a couple of days after starting this supplement. It works wonders to alleviate anxiety and promote better sleep, but it is important not to take it for longer than 3-4 weeks and to gradually lower your dose when coming off it.

 

Omega 3

 

High doses of good quality Omega 3 supplement(min 1000) may help reduce symptoms of anxiety, but you need to take the supplement for at least 3 weeks to feel the difference.

 

B vitamins

 

A balanced B-vitamins comples is a great anti-anxiety supplement.

 

Theanine

 

L-theanine(that is found in green tea) is thought to work by decreasing “excitatory” brain chemicals that contribute to anxiety while increasing a sense of calm.