Twice in my life my anxiety got so bad that I took antidepressants.
They didn’t help.
They made things worse by adding horrible side effects to my anxiety. And along with the side effects came a whole new anxiety about being hooked on pills.
Both times I was on antidepressants I spent most of my time thinking about how to get off them.
That’s what got me looking into natural ways to increase serotonin.
Antidepressants work by helping your brain “recycle” your serotonin, which effectively increases the amount of serotonin in your system. The more serotonin you have in your system the less anxiety you’ll feel.
I knew when I stopped taking the pills my serotonin levels would crash while my body adjusted, which would mean increased anxiety.
It seemed like a good idea to do whatever I could to naturally increase my serotonin levels. That would make the withdrawal of the antidepressants easier to handle.
To help me do that I read every book and scientific study I could find on the subject of serotonin.
What follows in this post is the best stuff I learned. More specifically, what follows are the 5 best ways to naturally increase your serotonin.
Use the ideas that follow. See what they do for you. Each idea has the potential to dramatically increase your serotonin levels, and the more serotonin you have the less anxiety you should feel.