Why can't I fight that feeling

Inner unrest

If the state of restlessness arises during a current phase of stress and it is not caused by an illness, it can often be treated with simple home remedies. These include:

  • Calming tea: Lavender blossoms, valerian root, peppermint leaves and passion flower have a calming effect. Pour hot water over the tea, let it steep for ten to fifteen minutes and then drink. If you want, you can sweeten it with honey. A tea not only has a calming effect because of its ingredients, the ritual of making tea and drinking a warm drink also promote relaxation. For this reason, warm milk with honey or hot chocolate can also help against restlessness.
  • Herbal medicines: Preparations with valerian, hops, St. John's wort and passion flower could also relieve nervousness and inner restlessness. They are available in the form of tablets, drops and tincture in pharmacies or drug stores. Caution: Some preparations impair the ability to react. You should not take this if you are going to travel by bike or car afterwards. Please refer to the package insert for this. Anyone who takes medication regularly should also clarify whether the herbal remedies can cause interactions, this is particularly the case with St. John's wort.
  • homeopathy: There are some globules that you can use when you feel restless. Argentum nitricum is said to relieve nervousness, irritability and anxiety, Chamomilla to help with general restlessness, anxiety and hypersensitivity, Camphora to help with inner restlessness, nervousness, a feeling of weakness and sleep disorders that extend to insomnia, Arsenicum album for restlessness, nervousness and exhaustion, Nux vomica for chronic nervousness, tendency to impulsiveness, outbursts of anger and restlessness and Hyoscyamus niger to alleviate pronounced restlessness and palpitations. However, there is no scientifically proven proof of effectiveness for homeopathic remedies.
  • A warm full bath: After a day full of stress, lie in the warm bathtub, close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, it lets you relax. Anyone who also uses a bath oil, for example with lavender, hops or hay flowers, increases the beneficial effect.
  • Exercise in everyday life and sport: Physical activity ensures that stress hormones are broken down in the body. Even a half-hour walk during your lunch break or at the end of the day has a relaxing effect and can alleviate your inner turmoil. If you do endurance sports several times a week, you not only clear your head, but also do something against physical stress symptoms such as neck tension and back pain.
  • Relaxation exercises: Even very simple exercises can help reduce stress. For example, if you close your eyes for a few minutes and think of another place, such as the wonderful beach from your last summer vacation or the idyllic park in your district, you can escape the hectic everyday life for a moment. Psychologists call this technique an imagination exercise. Yoga, autogenic training, meditation and mindfulness exercises also promote relaxation and alleviate inner unrest.
  • Rethink life: Anyone who often feels inner restlessness should consider whether everyday life is too crammed with appointments, tasks and errands (provided that a physical illness has been excluded as the cause). It can be helpful to make a list with the areas “job”, “partnership” and “family” and enter the things that are particularly stressful. Can these be regulated or distributed differently in the future? If the conflicts are deeper and concern fundamental issues, a conversation with a psychotherapist can be recommended.

A to-do list helps you focus on top-priority things to do. The first thing on the list should be the tasks that are very important and need to be done soon, followed by those that are also important, but have a few more days, and then those that are not prioritized. Those who do them in this order don't get bogged down and save their nerves.

Good time management also makes sense in private life. Those who tend to plan too much during the week can limit the number of private meetings to three per week, for example, or at least always schedule a day of rest in between. And on these “free” days, do something relaxing if possible, such as reading a book, pursuing a hobby or taking a leisurely walk.