Anxiety is one of the more difficult conditions to deal with. If you suffer from severe anxiety and anxiety attacks it can be frustrating because many people don’t understand what you’re going through. They may tell you “Oh, don’t worry so much,” but if you’re an anxiety sufferer, you know that’s not what it really is. Because anxiety is an invisible condition, it’s difficult for some people to sympathize and empathize if they aren’t experiencing it too.
At the beginning of the year we hear many people setting new year’s resolutions to get back in shape, or lose weight, but if you suffer from any form of anxiety, it’s critical to make a goal to manage it effectively before tackling anything else.
There are a number of simple things you can do each day to help alleviate the symptoms of anxiety and help you return to loving life. Adopting these activities and strategies can go a long way to not letting anxiety control your life.
Below are just a few of the things you can do each day to alleviate your anxiety.
Fitting in just a quick 30 minute workout every day can do a lot to alleviate anxiety. When we exercise, our bodies are filled with endorphins, the feel-good hormone, which can boost your mood and promote relaxation. Additionally, studies are showing that being warm, or having elevated body heat, can help to promote relaxation too. So it’s time to get sweaty!
Put Down the Coffee
If you depend on your daily cup of joe, this may be easier said than done. But while the caffeine in coffee can give you that extra kick of energy, it can also make you more anxious. And if you’re an anxiety sufferer, this may be a huge contributing factor to your symptoms. If you need a caffeine alternative, switch to tea as opposed to soda because sugar isn’t great for anxiety either. A cup of green tea has less caffeine and other great health benefits!
Watch What You Eat
No, we don’t mean you should be watching your weight or that you should go on a diet. But rather, there are foods that are known to increase anxiety, and foods that are known to alleviate it. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and sugars. Foods like blueberries and peaches have been known to relieve stress. Whole grains and oats can help to increase levels of serotonin which can assist in mood elevation. Try out these additional foods that can also help ease anxiety.
There is no cure for anxiety the way there may be cures for other conditions, but you can certainly manage it so it doesn’t affect your life as much. If you suffer from a form of anxiety, try these simple tips and focus on you this new year.
If you think you suffer from an anxiety disorder, it’s important to seek out a professional opinion. Contact us today to set up your functional medicine consult.