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Natural Ways to Increase GABA

GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is an amino acid that occurs naturally and acts on behalf of the nervous system in a variety of ways. Here is more about what GABA is, and how it can help you sleep better

GABA Deficiency

What is “GABA”? It’s a powerful neurotransmitter that’s worth knowing a little something about. If you suffer from chronic mood conditions or sometimes have trouble dealing with the highs and lows of everyday life, you may look to this all-important component for answers

L-Theanine vs Melatonin

Melatonin is a sleep hormone that our bodies naturally make. So if sleep is difficult to come by, it might make sense to add a melatonin supplement to your self-care regimen. L-theanine is another option that many people turn to; here we examine each, side by side.

How to Use Ayurvedic Herb Shatavari to Promote Women’s Health

Ayurveda, the ancient practice of self-care and healing, can offer a lot of wisdom when it comes to finding balance in our bodies. This is particularly true when it comes to healing foods and herbs. Here is more about Shatavari, an adaptogenic herb revered for thousands of years in Ayurveda.

Study Says Making Art Reduces Stress, Even If You Kind Of Suck At It

Have you ever felt like you were really “in the zone”? It’s like nothing else exists, it’s just you and the thing you’re doing. It turns out this flow state is a great place to be, to stay present and out of anxious thoughts and ideas. And, even if you completely suck at it, you can get into that zone by making art. Yes, even clay ashtrays for people who don’t smoke!

Best Diet Strategies for Anxiety

What are some of the ways that you can begin to address anxiety in your day to day life? One of the easiest, is what you put in your mouth. You are what you eat, and when you eat these foods, you’re cool as a cucumber.

Stress: It’s Not in Your Head, It’s In Your Nervous System

When we feel stressed, we might use phrases like “I feel like I am going crazy”. But stress isn’t something that’s in your head… it’s your nervous system that needs some special attention when you’re stressed out.

There’s Scientific Evidence That Clutter Causes Anxiety

If you find yourself feeling embarrassed at the amount of clutter in your house when people visit, you might be experiencing a heightened amount of anxiety on an ongoing basis in everyday life. Here is a little more science behind the anxiety of clutter.

Pressure Doesn’t Have To Turn Into Stress

If you frame it the right way, pressure can actually be a good thing. It’s a matter of one simple trick, which anyone can do. Once you master this, you can start to leverage the power of pressure to really propel you forward, not drag you down.

Living Near Water Reduces Stress

Are you drawn to the ocean, the rhythm of the waves, and the sand between your toes? Many people love to vacation at the beach, and it turns out it’s a very healing place to be. Rest and recuperation are there for the taking near large bodies of water, and if you already live in a coastal town, you might already understand this quite well.

Stress & Anxiety Relief: Journaling to Calm Your Mind

Perhaps you’ve heard the advice of writing down your feelings, particularly difficult ones, in order to get them together to articulate them to a loved one. Some people even write letters that they never send, just to get the words out and move past them. Turns out there is a lot of value in journaling to help with stress and anxiety, which makes a lot of sense. Your words are powerful, and journaling is a wonderful way to articulate your feelings, wants, and fears.

Weighted Blanket for Anxiety and Insomnia: How to Make It Work

Hugging is something we instinctively do when we want to calm, support and care for a friend or loved one. There’s something about that even pressure… the grounding weight… that speaks to us on a basic level. Weighted blankets, just like hugs, provide a lovely feeling of protection and support for those experiencing anxiety and disrupted sleep. Rest well.

5 Signs of High Functioning Anxiety

Our modern lifestyle, for many of us, involves a degree of “fake it ’til you make it”. We’re going through the paces of the day, meeting deadlines, getting things done, but under all that busyness, is real anxiety and worry. Just because you don’t broadcast your anxiety doesn’t mean it can’t cause harm! Here are 5 signs that your anxiety is well-hidden, and what to do about it.

Holy Basil For Stress And Anxiety

If you have trouble sleeping at night, it may be stress and anxiety that’s causing it. Holy basil, also known as tulsi, is a fantastic herb for cutting through the stress and anxiety of everyday life. Add a cup of holy basil tea to your afternoon routine, and see if it helps you relax into a more restful sleep come bedtime.

L-Theanine vs Ashwagandha

Everybody is a little different, so it’s a great idea to be aware of the many different remedies available to us. One herb may be more beneficial to your particular constitution than another. Today we’re looking at L-theanine and ashwagandha. Both are valuable for regulating sleep. Which is better for you?

5 Herbs & Ingredients for Instant Stress Relief

One of the most accessible ways to combat stress and anxiety in our lives is through diet. We eat every single day, and every time we do, it’s an opportunity to nourish ourselves. Here are 5 of the best herbs and ingredients for stress relief. Give them a try!

5 Top Herbs for Anxiety

Feeling anxious? You’re not meant to feel that way. Mother Nature has some wonderful remedies cooked up for you… here are 5 of the best herbs for anxiety and stress relief. Add one or more to your diet, and watch your relationship to stress change.

Gut Health Can Help Alleviate Anxiety

Butterflies in your stomach may not be as sweet and cute as it sounds… an unhappy gut can equal an unhappy everything! Here’s what your gut feeling may be telling you about anxiety.

New Study Shows Yoga Improves Anxiety

If you know any “yoga people”, you might recognize a certain calmness about them… an ease. Studies are confirming what practitioners have known for centuries: yoga can improve anxiety.

Meditation Linked To Lower Cardiovascular Risk

We have always understood that aerobic exercise is mainly how cardiovascular strength and endurance is built. But it turns out that meditation is linked to cardiovascular health… here’s how.

How To Use Tapping For Stress Relief

If you’re trying to break a bad habit, or let go of some negative feelings, give EFT (or tapping) a try! It’s less invasive than acupuncture, in fact it’s totally DIY, and you can do it just about anywhere.

5 Reasons To Use Tulsi Tea

A morning or afternoon ritual like enjoying a cup of tea, is the perfect time to add a shot of healthy goodness to your diet! Instead of choosing a bag of Lipton, why not try an herbal infusion with tulsi, also known as holy basil? Here are some of the benefits of tulsi tea

5 Yoga Poses for Stress Relief

Yoga is all about creating balance in the body, so it lends itself well to relaxation and stress relief. Here are 5 simple moves to help you get your sanity back.

Long Term Stress Linked To Heart Attacks

Not only is stress uncomfortable in the moment, but prolonged stress can cause dis-ease in the long term as well. Here are some ways to manage and even prevent stress in your day-to-day life.

Researchers Find ‘Missing Link’ Between Stress And Infertility

You’re probably already well aware of some of the ways that stress can affect your health and wellness. But you may be surprised to learn that it can even affect fertility. Researchers have found the link between stress and fertility, which may be a real boon for those trying to conceive but having trouble.

This Type Of Music Can Relieve Stress And Boost Mood

Going back to the most ancient civilizations, there has always been some form of rhythm, some kind of music, no matter how primitive. Music really does speak to us on a vibrational, energetic level. Here’s some of the best music to help relieve stress and get into the groove.

Why Exercising Helps Reduce Stress

There are so many ways that regular exercise can help balance your life, but one of the key ways, is through the reduction of stress. When you feel great in your body, it’s a lot easier to let things roll off your back. Check it out; it’s as easy as a daily walk!

Meditation for Stress and Anxiety Management

Situations in life that can be stressful or anxiety-inducing, are everywhere. That’s because oftentimes it’s more a matter of how we react to the circumstances, as opposed to the circumstances themselves. Meditation is shown to help manage anxiety and stress. Here’s how.

15 Inspiring Things Celebrities Have Said About Dealing With Anxiety

Anxiety isn’t a “one size fits all” issue. It manifests in a wide range of personality types and age groups. No one is really immune, not even celebrities. Here are 15 inspiring things that have been said by celebs who go through the same things many of us do.

5 Health Benefits of Rehmannia

If you don’t know Rehmannia yet, this root is worth taking hold of! Also known as Chinese foxglove, this is one of the most important herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

6 Easy Ways to Find Happiness

Sometimes it can be easy to fall into a rut. But, it can be just as easy to pick yourself up and find a genuine smile to wear. There’s always something to be happy about if we know where to look

How to be Happy Even If You Are Alone

Being alone is not the same as being lonely. Here are some tips to help find happiness, even while alone. When you are you’re own best company, there is no more loneliness, just happiness.

Daytime Naps, Overlooked Secret to Reducing Stress?

Our kindergarten teacher was really onto something with the apple juice/crackers/nap combo. Here are some surprising ways that making a habit of a midday snooze can support your wellness.

Secrets to using the Breath to Support Sleep and Resilience

Knowing how to manipulate your breath in order to achieve a deeper state of relaxation is a really valuable skill. Calm yourself instantly, and naturally, with just an exhale. It’s incredible! Here’s how.

Holy Basil Benefits

Though it tastes nothing like the basil that goes into pesto, holy basil is something to consider adding to your diet. Here’s a little more about this Ayurvedic herb also known as tulsi.

How Stress Affects the Immune System

You have probably heard that stress can permeate every part of your life, and it’s a likely bet that you have experienced it firsthand. Here is exactly what it does to your immune system.

Holy Basil: An Ayurvedic Medicine For Skin Diseases

If you’re only familiar with the basil that goes on pizza, then you’ll love learning more about holy basil! Also known as tulsi, this Ayurvedic herb does beautiful things for your skin!

The Ultimate Guide to Cortisol

It can add inches to your waistline, but that’s not even the worst of what this hormone can do, if left to its own devices. Manage stress and manage your cortisol too. Here are some tips.

The Ultimate Guide to Serotonin

It’s better living through chemistry! The more you know about how your body works, the more you can leverage that old adage. Here’s how to boost seratonin in everyday life.

What You Need to Know About L-Theanine

L-Theanine is not produced, or even essential for the human body. But it may induce a variety of positive health effects when consumed on its own, or with other medicines. L-Theanine may affect certain chemicals within the brain, and is definitely worth knowing a little something about.

The Health Benefits Of Albizia

Balance mood, anxiety, stress, and promote better sleep with albizia supreme, a common plant used throughout the centuries in traditional medicine.

Holy Basil vs Ashwagandha – Which One Should You Take?

More good-for-you foods from Mother Nature! This time we’re talking about shatavari, which is actually a type of asparagus. Long known in the ancient healing system of Ayurveda, the time has come for this plant to step into the mainstream.

The Health Benefits of California Poppy

California poppy is now widely used and promoted in modern herbal practices and is a treatment for stress, anxiety, insomnia, pain, and tension. It works with the central nervous system and provides feelings of relaxation and calm.

The Health Benefits of Shatavari

There are about 300 varieties of plants in the genus, Asparagus. One of these varieties is Asparagus racemosus, more commonly known as Shatavari. While it can be found in parts of Africa, Australia, and Southern China, it is most commonly cultivated in India. Shatavari is considered a rasayana in Ayurveda.

The Ultimate Guide to Sleep

Sleep deprivation can negatively impact your body’s internal systems and has been linked to several long-term health issues.

The Ultimate Guide to Stress

Whether at home, work, school, or inside our relationships, feelings of stress and anxiety can affect everyone in every walk of life. Stress can have both a positive reaction and a negative reaction and is the body’s normal response to any change that requires adjustment in our lives.

Tulsi (Holy Basil): How It Helps In Balancing The Immune System

Of the medicinal herbs getting attention lately, Tulsi (Holy Basil) is one that deserves a closer look. A native to the Indian subcontinent and grown throughout much of southeast Asian Tropics, Tulsi is sometimes referred to as “Elixir of Life” for its healing powers:

Guide to The Most Effective Vitamins and Supplements to Combat Stress

In today’s highly stressful world, it is more important than ever to learn to optimize ourselves and find what diet, supplementation, lifestyle, and meditations are most useful for each of us to become more resilient. i.e., What vitamins are good for stress?

What is GABA and What Role Does it Play in Anxiety and Depression?

GABA is both an amino acid and a neurotransmitter. Some foods naturally contain GABA, but it can be taken as a supplement or in a topical form. GABA consumption leads to the relaxation of an overstimulated nervous system. GABA stands for Gamma AminoButyric Acid.

Managing the Stress and Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a complex illness that typically progresses over time and comes with flare-ups of pain and tenderness producing unpleasant symptoms. Read more about how to manage these here.

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Can a Multivitamin Help With Anxiety

Anxiety has many different causes. One cause may be a vitamin deficiency or imbalance. There are several multivitamins for anxiety. You might already be taking one that is perfect for stress every day. Here’s what to look for in a supplement if you want help with stress levels and anxiety.

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Get Relaxed With Stress Management Tools

Figuring out what helps you to beat stress will unlock a new level of relaxation and enjoyment of life. Our busy and fast modern lives are full of daily stress that can easily make us feel overwhelmed and lead to anxiety. However, by making some small lifestyle adjustments for stress management, you can feel less anxious. Building these habits does take time, but once you notice the results, you will be glad you tried.

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Natural Anti-Anxiety Remedies

Nearly 40 million people in the US have an anxiety disorder. That is nearly 20% of the population. Still more people struggle with anxiety but have not sought professional help or do not consider themselves to have a disorder. So, you’re not alone if you struggle with anxiety. Many people who suffer from anxiety use pharmaceutical aids like benzodiazepines and other drugs to feel better from anxiety. However, those don’t work for everyone. They have some harsh side effects and can cause withdrawal or even addiction. Some people prefer to try all natural remedies for anxiety instead.

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Learn How to Avoid Stress at Work

The workplace is one of the main sources of stress in our modern life. Many people in corporate environments manage teams, work on multiple projects, and are under strict deadlines or have to meet strict goals. It’s no wonder that many people say work is a main source of stress for them. Wondering how to handle stress at work? Luckily there are many ways to tame stress and anxiety in the workplace.

The Best Anti Anxiety Supplement

There are so many supplements that can help with anxiety, it’s hard to say exactly which one is the absolute best. Natural anxiety treatment should be done from a holistic approach meaning there are several factors to consider. There is no one thing that is the absolute best magic key to releasing you from your anxiety. Rather, it is more of an overall approach and a combination of supplements and lifestyle tactics that can help. However, we have some ideas about which herbal supplements are useful.

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Guide to Natural Anxiety Relief Ingredients

Here is a comprehensive guide to anxiety relief natural ingredients including:


We can start the list of natural calm ingredients with the easiest and most important; that is the minerals.

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What Vitamins Are Good For Stress

These are some of the best vitamins for stress, but there are also many others. Keep reading here to learn about more supplements you can take to reduce anxiety. We have formulated Be Serene to be a safe, effective, and all-natural option for anxiety and stress relief, so we recommend trying that too!

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Hacks For Your Comprehensive Stress Management Program

Each person’s journey to comprehensive stress management is going to be different. However, there are certain things that have helped me. Each one by itself is just a small thing you can do, even daily, to reduce anxiety. However, together they are a holistic approach to a low-stress lifestyle.

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Are You Self Medicating to Deal With Stress?

Self medicating to deal with stress is a common coping mechanism. It may involve using unhealthy substances like alcohol, prescription medications, or even illicit drugs to stop the mental and physical effects of stress. Some people may also use food as a coping mechanism, while others use sexual activity or adrenaline seeking behaviors. Most people do these things a bit in their lives to “blow off some steam,” but there is a tipping point when it becomes a problem. Drinking can turn into alcoholism, illicit drug use can turn into an addiction, and other erratic behaviors can cause legal or relationship troubles in your life.

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Rehmannia Root: Amazing Health Benefits

Rehmannia root is one of the most commonly used herbs in traditional Chinese medicine. In that practice, health is seen as a balance of two energies: Yin and Yang. When one of these is deficient, the other takes over, and that’s when health problems occur. Using this philosophy, rehmannia is used to treat a deficiency of Yin.

The Healing Powers of Schisandra Berry

Schisandra Berry is one of the foundational ingredients in many Chinese medicine mixtures. It is also called “Five Flavor Fruit” because it is said to contain all five dimensions of flavor: salty, sweet, pungent, bitter, and sour. There are several health benefits to this plant, which is why it has been used in traditional Eastern medicine for thousands of years.

The Calming Benefits of Tulsi Tea

You can get Tulsi tea in almost any health food store or natural foods store. You can find it at stores that specifically focus on Ayurvedic medicine. However, when you take Be Serene, you will already be getting your daily dose of all the Tulsi that you need. It is one of the five key stress fighting ingredients we have chosen to include in our supplement. The Tulsi we use is sustainably farmed and non-GMO. We have chosen the perfect amount to include in your daily regimen.

Mulungu Tree

All About the Mulungu Tree

One of the five amazing anti-anxiety ingredients in Be Serene is Mulungu bark powder. It comes from the Mulungu tree (Erythrina mulungu) which is both an ornamental plant with lovely coral colored flowers and a medicinal plant. It is native to the Amazon region in South America, and is primarily found in Brazil.

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Using Mulungu for Anxiety

Mulungu trees, also known as coral trees, are native to Peru and Brazil and have beautiful coral colored flowers. For centuries, indigenous people of the Amazon have used bark of the tree to relieve anxiety, help with sleep disorders, prevent seizures, and also for pain relief.

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Traditional Uses of Mulungu

Mulungu trees, also known as coral trees, are native to Peru and Brazil and have beautiful coral colored flowers. For centuries, indigenous people of the Amazon have used bark of the tree to relieve anxiety, help with sleep disorders, prevent seizures, and also for pain relief.

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Mulungu Bark Benefits

Mulungu bark is an all-natural herbal supplement that has been in use by indigenous people of the Amazon region for centuries. It is one of the ingredients in Be Serene. We chose it because of its anti-anxiety properties. The way it works is similar to pharmaceutical anti-anxiety medications like Valium. However, it doesn’t have any of the harmful baggage like addiction or unpleasant side effects.

Top 3 Foods Contributing to Your Anxiety: #1 Sugar

There are simple steps anyone can take to begin gaining control of their anxiety. Be kind and patient with yourself when you being, and always remember tomorrow is a new day.

How to Create a Healthy Morning Routine

Creating a healthy morning routine is essential for day-to-day health and wellbeing. They are particularly important for people struggling with anxiety. Today, I’m sharing my thoughts on creating morning routines, including what I’ve learned over years of trial and error.

Don’t Eat This If You Want a Strong Immune System

Continuing our discussion on foods that weaken our immune system, I’d like to take some time to talk about chemicals on foods that weaken our immune systems. I’ve filmed a short video talking about Glyphosate. Glyphosate is truly a nasty chemical that destroys our immune system.

Interview With Brittany and Simon Fentress, Founders of Intimacy Hub

Recently, I was invited to speak with Brittany and Simon Fentress about anxiety, grounding practices, intimacy, and relationships. Brittany and Simon Fentress are a husband and wife duo that have become dear friends over the years. A few years ago, they created Intimacy hub to help others create the marriage they long for!

10 Best Relaxation & Meditation Apps

There’s no better way to unwind, relax, and destress than getting comfortable, popping in some headphones, and meditating or unwinding to some calming music. Here is a list of 10 of the best relaxation and meditation apps. They offer a range of relaxation techniques, from meditation to mindfulness and everything in between.

20 Wellness Blogs Every Anxious Person Should Read

If you’re dealing with anxiety issues, it’s going to have a negative impact on all aspects of your life – if it’s not already. Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental illnesses in the U.S. You’re not alone, even though it may feel like it at times. Considering the times, almost everyone feels anxious daily.

Is Drinking Alcohol During the COVID-19 Outbreak A Good Idea?

Most of us are stuck at home while COVID-19 tears across the country. It’s disrupting society, and life as we know it. Stress and anxiety are through the roof right now – I’m talking to people every day to help calm them down. But is Alcohol a good idea during COVID?

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety disorders are considered to be the most common psychiatric problem, affecting over 20 million Americans each year.

Rehmannia – Everything You Need to Know

Rehmannia is a versatile herb with a wide range of wellness applications. It’s been a staple of Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years and is particularly effective at treating the symptoms of anxiety and insomnia.

Mulungu: Everything You Need to Know

Mulungu (scientific name Erythrina Verna) is an ornamental tree and medicinal plant native to Brazil and South America. Herbalists have used the bark and root of the tree as a remedy for thousands of years across South America. More recently, it has made its way across the rest of the world and gained popularity in the U.S. in particular for its use for Anxiety.