Anxiety & Stress
When someone tells you, “Just relax” does it make you feel more frustrated and irritated? It’s easier said than done, isn’t it?
A little amount of stress can be healthy to help motivate you to make positive change in your life. But, when stress piles on and is not managed well, it becomes unhealthy and can turn into anxiety. When anxiety is not managed, then it can turn into a panic attack. In severe cases a panic attack can include shaking, sweating, heart palpitations, nausea, choking feeling, hyperventilation, and/or shortness of breath. Chronic stress can result in premature brain aging.
In some cases there are physical reasons for experiencing different degrees of anxiety and stress. Things to consider as possibilities are the use of stimulants (e.g. coffee, amphetamines), hypoglycemia, hyperthyroidism, and mitral valve prolapse. Vitamin deficiencies and hormonal imbalances can also be contributors to making a person more susceptible to anxiety and stress. You should always check with a medical practitioner if you have health concerns.
Stress can be a response to a very real outside pressure. It can also happen just by thinking about something you are afraid will happened. The subconscious doesn’t make a distinction between real or imagined danger. It’s going to react in a way that it thinks you want it to react by avoiding that danger/pain as part of your built-in survival mechanism. A fight or flight response to perceived stress releases cortisol (steroid hormone) in the body to give a temporary increase in energy. Some people freeze in response to stress.
If cortisol levels are continually elevated over a long time, then it can lead to increased blood sugar levels, negative effects on the immune system, chronic disease, and overweight.
Now, if you want to decrease anxiety and stress, then keep on reading.
- Hypnotherapy can help rewire and reprogram your mind to stop supporting negative beliefs that lead to anxiety and stress.
There are many other things that you can also do for reducing stress and anxiety. The following are just a few of the natural ways for achieving a greater sense of calm:
- Make sure you are getting enough magnesium in your diet, because it affects every function in the body. It promotes a good night’s sleep, reduces muscle tension, PMS symptoms, headache, fatigue, irritability to name a few. Magnesium is found in almonds, brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, brown rice, sweet potatoes, oats, apricots, spinach, and kelp.
- Vitamin B is known to reduce emotional and physical stress on the body as well as stimulating serotonin (feel-good chemical). B Vitamins are found in sweet potatoes, oat, brown rice, salmon, turkey, ginger, Brazil nuts, pistachios, mangoes, and blueberries.
- Omega 3’s promote the overall health of the brain. They can be found in salmon, beans, leafy greens, eggs, cold-pressed olive oil, walnuts, pecans, chia seeds, flaxseed.
- Vitamin D is linked to mood and emotional health. It encourages a balanced mood, reduces fatigue, and encourages the health of nerves. Vitamin D is found in egg yolk, salmon, and sweet potatoes.
- Sound/music therapy and aromatherapy.
- Forms of meditation with deep, slow breathing and stimulation of the Vagus Nerve (e.g. yoga, Tai Chi), breathing out from mouth.
- Avoid caffeine. It is a stimulant known to increase anxiety and sabotage your performance.
- Eliminate artificial sugar from your diet. After the initial blood sugar level spike, the body drops to a state of imbalance worse than it was before the sugar. Instead, eat natural sugars found in fruit.
- Avoid substance abuse (e.g. alcohol). It alters the brain chemistry and puts greater stress on the body in the long run.
If you want to create new thought patterns about stress and get rid of anxiety, then hypnotherapy has been proven to be very effective.