3 out of 4 stars
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I try to live a healthy, natural, ecological life. I don’t consider myself an anxious person, nor do I see myself as super-stressed. I know the stress of meeting deadlines, the adrenaline when running a race, and the tension when facing unexpected obstacles. Nothing a nice run in the morning, or a cup of chamomile tea can’t cure. When I flipped through the content summary of Natural Relief for Anxiety and Stress by Gustavo Kynris, M.D., and Alexandra Gold, M.A., I saw many references to remedies unknown to me. I got curious about them and decided to read the book.
The book starts with an explanation of anxiety and stress and fear, even though the latter is not mentioned in the title. The authors include each condition’s different possible symptoms, inviting the reader to think about their situation and see if these symptoms occur. After this rather lengthy introduction, they give an inventory of possible remedies: nutrient-based remedies, probiotics and prebiotics, herbal-based remedies, natural remedies, alternative remedies, technology-based remedies, exercise, yoga, and meditation.
I give this book 3 out of 4 stars. At first, I was very interested in reading the definitions of stress, anxiety, and fear. But after a while, I got bored and wanted to move on to the chapters with the remedies. I wanted to learn more about this natural relief they suggest in the title. When I read about the nutrient-based solutions, I was disappointed. The authors talk a lot about supplements to be purchased as pills. The use of manufactured supplements does not agree with my definition of natural. The supplements may have natural ingredients; they still are manipulated in the manufacturing process and rather far away from natural, in my opinion. In this same chapter, the authors use a lot of jargon without explaining. In the section about Inositol, they refer to GABA. I had no idea what that means until I was a few pages further in the book where GABA is explained. There also are a few typos throughout the book, but not many and not impacting the legibility.
The book got interesting again for me with the herbal-based remedies. I learned a lot about different plants and their positive impact on human well-being. As of now, I will always cover my chamomile tea while it is brewing. The chapter about breathing exercises and other natural remedies includes many useful tips I will undoubtedly use going forward. The book ends with practical advice, easy to implement, making it an excellent purchase to keep for future reference.
I can recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand anxiety, stress, and fear. The tips are useful for readers who wish to alleviate their stress and learn about natural and healthy ways to cope.
Natural Relief for Anxiety and Stress
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