Many people experience anxiety at some point of their life. In fact, anxiety is a very normal response to stressful life events like moving, changing jobs or having financial troubles. However, when symptoms of anxiety become larger than the events that triggered them and begin to interfere with your life, they could be signs of an anxiety disorder. You are not alone! Many of my clients suffer from mild- severe anxiety so I do understand the symptoms and the stress it causes you. There are many things that you can do to help ease the anxiety in terms of nutrition, exercise and lifestyle which I will share with you today.
Anxiety is a strange emotion and can be heard to deal with, once it’s been triggered. It get’s even worse when you can’t figure out WHY you are anxious. Anxiety comes and goes….BUT recognising the symptoms is the first step!
Here are some common symptoms of anxiety:
- Excessive worrying
- Feeling agitated
- Difficulty concentrating
- Tense muscles
- Trouble falling to sleep or staying asleep
- Panic attacks
- Avoiding social situations
There are some things in life that can ‘bring on’ anxiety such as lack of sleep, stress, poor diet and lack of movement. If you are constantly feeling anxious, then you need to take action to feel more relaxed, to sleep soundly at night, and to put energy into what matters, you have to stop wasting time on tasks that don’t matter. You will need to commit to at least 15-60 mins per day to tackle a few of the anxiety busters below.
Here are some natural ways to reduce anxiety:
- Eating a diet rich in whole foods (focus more on implementing REAL foods, less processed)
- Start supplementing with a good quality Magnesium (I recommend Metagenics Calm-X, this is proven to help relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression by calming your nervous system)
- Supplement with probiotics (Immunity Fuel is my recommendation) or add more fermented foods into your diet (ensure your gut health is on point as this affects everything else that goes on in our body including the production of serotonin).
- Meditation everyday (meditation is a great therapeutic remedy in lowering your stress levels and switching your body from the stressed to safe state- try this FREE Yoga Nidra session by Jen Cuttance)
- Relieve self-pressure – we do so much. We just have to be ok with the fact that we don’t need to do it all perfectly right all the time. Yes, we may disappoint people along the way. We need to strive to do our best. This is enough.
- Give yourself strict social media boundaries. Switch your phone off everynight by 6/7pm or place a block on your phone.
- Yoga and gentle exercise or any other form of exercise you enjoy (join a sports team, go to the gym with a friend or do a class; do something you enjoy though).
- Practise self-care (treat yourself to a massage, pedicure or hair cut).
- TALK IT OUT ( seek out help from a Professional such a Psychologist that will give you exercises to re-wire your brain and advise where needed).
- Try positive/gratitude affirmations everyday. Like ” I am thankful for my family, friends, health, work, etc” Gratitude helps relieve anxiety.
- Try chamomile or liquorice root tea at night.
- Limit caffeine (excessive caffeine can stimulate our adrenals which can worsen symptoms of anxiety).
- Abstain from alcohol (anxiety and alcohol consumption are strongly linked, so best to avoid when you can).
- Add lavender oil to a bath or dab on the back of your neck or behind your ears before you go to sleep (use a diffuser for your room or dab on your hand then take a deep sniff).
I am here for you! I do get you. I can help you get through this if you need some assistance on slow steps to changing your current diet because remember food does affect our mood! Book in for a consultation here. xxxx