Before I get started, I want to start with a disclaimer when it comes to anxiety. First, I am not against those taking medication for the relief of anxiety symptoms. Second, is that if you are currently taking medication, please talk to your medical practitioner before reducing or stopping your medication. Also, I am not a medical professional and am speaking from my personal experience.
Anxiety is a a mental health issue. It is not a side effect of your diet. Sometimes your diet can trigger or make you more sensitive to be triggered by an anxiety attack. I suffered from depression and anxiety for many years. My depression is cured, but my anxiety still remains. I made a decision to control my anxiety naturally using the following methods:
1) Reducing your sugar Sugar itself does not create anxiety. It creates symptoms in our bodies that are similar to symptoms experienced with anxiety such as restlessness, rapid heartbeat, and queasiness. If you have a diet high in sugar, you may trigger an attack because you are experiencing similar symptoms you would when experiencing an anxiety attack. So the solution is simply to reduce sugar in your diet.
2) Exercise with caution Normally, exercise is always advertised as the cure-all for anxiety and depression. What you aren't told and I found out myself, is that if you jump right into rigorous exercise, you may trigger an anxiety attack at the gym. By rigorously exercising, you duplicate the similar feelings you experience when having an anxiety attack. If you are new to exercising and experience anxiety, start slowly, and gradually increase the intensity so not to trigger further attacks or turn yourself off to going to the gym.
3) Mind your caffeine If you are going to have caffeine, (I love me a good cup of green tea!) be sure to give yourself a caffeine curfew and STICK TO IT! Mine is around 5 or 6 pm. This gives your body time to wind down. Which leads to ...
4) Value your sleep Create a night time ritual to allow your mind and body a chance to wind down before nodding off to sleep. Creating a routine is signaling your brain that you are going to sleep. Make sure the temperature is cool in your room, turn off electronics and put them across the room so you aren't tempted to scroll before bed. Read a book or brain dump in a journal so you aren't making that to do list in your head.
5) Don't over commit In your family and social circles, you may feel the need to say yes to commitments out of obligation. Take care of yourself first and create #mindspace. you will not be as stressed out and you can make more time for yourself, which leads to...
6) DO MORE OF WHAT YOU LOVE Without the obligations, you have more time for you and doing what makes you happy. Ride a horse, talk to your Mum, I love to go on long walks with my dog. Doing what you love creates more joy and less stress and anxiety.
7) Become a minimalist Fewer obligations, less stuff to repair, clean, replace = less stress on your head, but more on that in another post.
So make sure to come back next week for more lifestyle advice for a happier, healthier and calmer you!
Please let me know in the comments if you've tried any of this and how it has worked for you!