What can I take over the counter to calm my nerves or stop my anxiety?

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Exercise

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Camomille tea, Kava kava, valerian root, St. John's Wort. Camomille tea is the mildest. These are all herbs and herbs may be potent with potent side effects. A better way to calm anxiety is exercise. Go outside and take a long walk. Take deep breathes, breathing out slowly. Practice yoga, meditation, or mindfulness.
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Drugs are not best.

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The most effective treatment for anxiety is relaxation training coupled with cognitive therapy that helps you modify the thoughts, perceptions and beliefs that trigger the anxiety. You can learn these skills on your own, but having a mental health professional "coach" you is quicker and more effective. Biofeedback helps (www.bcia.org, www.aapb.org). Entrenched anxiety may require meds.
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