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Dealing with Anxiety

by R. Carnavale October 6th, 2017 | Mental Health
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anxietyMaybe you’re about to take a test or go on a first date, or often feel a little bit uneasy, or you remember an unpleasant person or event — whatever the cause, anxiety is not a welcome addition to your emotional palate. Anxiety, a low-level fear response, can range from being worried about something to experiencing panic attacks on a daily basis and the disorder can be experienced in conjunction with phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Post Traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD). There’s lots of ways to deal with anxiety so that you feel calm and relaxed again and the solutions are often pretty simple. Here are some ways you can chase that anxiety way and enjoy life again:

Lifestyle changes

  • Avoid stress-inducing people, places and events
  • Exercise — exercise causes positive neurological changes that help to induce a natural state of calm and boost your mood

Diet

Changing your diet can help you better cope with anxiety.

  • Eat healthy meals filled with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and foods high in omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Start your day with a little protein in your breakfast
    Drink plenty of water throughout the day
  • Limit or eliminate alcohol altogether (because alcohol often makes people tense and interferes with sleep)
  • Avoid caffeine
  • Eat whole grains because whole grain contains tryptophan, which becomes the calming neurotransmitter serotonin
  • Avoid sugar-filled foods and beverages
  • Eat seaweed, which has a high tryptophan content
  • Eat blueberries and peaches, which have antioxidants that are beneficial for reducing stress
  • Eat almonds, which have zinc, a nutrient that promotes a balanced mood
  • Eat pure dark chocolate — it reduces stress hormones that cause anxiety
  • Eat foods filled with magnesium, vitamin B12, zinc and antioxidants
  • Add maca root powder to your foods and beverages — maca root contains magnesium and iron, which help control anxiety

Relaxation therapy

  • Meditate–just a few minutes in meditation will calm your nerves
  • Self-massage–massage your eye area, your hands, and your cheek areas for stress relief
  • Visit a spa and have a professional massage, especially one that uses pressure-point applications

Cognitive-behavioral therapy

A professional psychologist can use cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to help you identify and learn to manage the causes of your anxiety in addition to learning deep breathing and relaxation techniques to deal with anxiety-producing situations.

Finally, if you are experiencing chronic anxiety or acute anxiety (panic attacks), you might want to consult with a mental health professional, who can prescribe anxiety-reducing drugs and/or anti-depressants.

(Photo courtesy of Dez Pain)

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