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Is Anxiety Getting the Better of You?

Category: Mindfulness, Wellbeing

Anxiety be Getting the Better of you?
The best things in life are free – well almost! Incorporate as many of the following resilience-building strategies as you can each day. These tips will lead to better overall wellbeing as well as helping you to manage stress and anxiety:

  • Connect with friends – keeping in touch with people maintains your support network
  • Exercise (ideally outdoors) – regular exercise has been shown to improve mood and reduce feelings of stress
  • Choose healthy foods – consume protein at each meal and avoid refined and sugary foods. This can help balance your blood sugar levels, reducing mood imbalances and lessening anxiety
  • Avoid caffeine – stimulants such as caffeine can exacerbate anxiety
  • Breathe! – if you start to feel panicky or anxious, focus on taking some slow, purposeful, deep breaths, helping you return to a state of calm. Meditation can also help to quieten your mind and instil calm.

Breaking the Cycle

Herbal medicine can be used to help reduce anxiety and nervousness; improving your emotional resilience:

– Passion flower: decreases that sense of ‘restlessness’ and can help settle nervous stomachs. It increases the calming neutrotransmitters (brain chemicals), such as GABA; soothing a racing mind, decreasing tension and irritability.
– Zizyphus: Widely used in Chinese herbal formulas for its anxiolytic (anxiety reducing) properties; zizyphus is considered cooling, calming and another herb thats effective for restlessness.
– Siberian Milkwort: A calming herb that is often included in formulas for sensitive people who find themselves feeling teary and weepy when they are stressed or anxious.
– Bupleurum: useful for those experiencing stress and unrest due to excessive

Daily Strategies to Support Yourself

– Connect with friends: keeping in touch with people maintains your support network
– Exercise (ideally outdoors)- regular exercise has been shown to improve mood and reduce feelings of stress
– Choose healthy foods- consume protein at each meal and avoid refined and sugary foods. This can help balance your blood sugar levels, reducing mood imbalances and lessening anxiety.
– Avoid caffeine- Stimulants such as caffeine can exacerbate anxiety

 

 

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