as a pharmacist, one of the most frustrating things I’ve seen is the overwhelming amount of anxiety-related prescriptions being filled for patients left and right. Anxiety is undeniably a real thing for a lot of us, but prescriptions and medication are not always the right answer. For those who don’t know me, my name is Dr. Mona Vand and I worked as a pharmacist for eight years (and have since transitioned to digital media as a health and wellness blogger). Working in a pharmacy really reinstated for me that prescriptions aren’t always the right way to go about treating things.
For example, I’d see patients come in with hormonal acne and pick up a super harsh acne prescription while also buying Cheetos and soda, and it took everything in me to not advise them to try eating a healthy, plant-based diet and supplement with adaptogens and exercise first, then seeing if they still need the prescription. The same thing was happening a lot with patients who would come in with anxiety. For some, a prescription is necessary, but I would advise trying natural-minded alternatives first, then you going from there.
There are a lot of things both little and large that you can do on a daily basis to help naturally relieve anxiety; they do not require a prescription, or any pills at all. Keep scrolling to see them all.