Treating Anxiety: What to Avoid

Anxiety is helpful when it makes you get things done and solve your problems. It makes you alert, alive and focused. However, people with bad coping skills respond to life’s problems and struggles differently. These might be too overwhelming for them to handle and result to uncontrollable and extreme feelings of uneasiness, worry and fear.

When these feelings are not given proper attention and treatment, these affect the day-to-day mental and physical activities of the patients. Some patients may not even know what they are suffering from because anxiety symptoms are quite similar to other illnesses symptoms such as heart attacks and asthma. Improper management of anxiety disorders can make its patients commit anxiety mistakes that can their anxiety worse.

When you feel tense muscles, chest pains, rapid heartbeats, hyperventilation, heart palpitations, shaking, sweating, headache, nausea, shortness of breath and dizziness, it is best to consult to your doctor to diagnose your illness. Some typical mental and physical symptoms of anxiety are lump in the throat, dry mouth and throat, unquenchable thirst, frequent urination, inability to concentrate, loss of self-control, feeling of going crazy, blurred visions, auditory o visual hallucinations, insomnia, hot and cold flashes, vomiting, restlessness and insomnia.

To prevent and reduce anxiety symptoms and attacks and other illnesses, changing to a healthy lifestyle will always be the first step for you to take. Listed below are some of the simple tips you can follow and apply to your daily routine.

  • Eat healthy, whole foods such as vegetables and fruits. You can include foods that are rich in magnesium and B vitamins. Magnesium can help calm your nervous system and muscles. Foods that are rich in magnesium include cashews, buckwheat, coconut water, pumpkin seeds, cocoa powder, rice bran, molasses and Brazil nuts. On the other hand, lack of Vitamin B1 (thiamine), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine), B12  and folic acid can lead to fatigue, depression, irritability, insomnia, chronic stress, mental confusion, weakness and many more. Vitamin B rich foods include beef, spinach, sea foods, tuna, liver, eggs, bananas, potatoes, avocados, legumes, oats, turkey and Brazil nuts. You cannot get all the nutrients and minerals that your body need from the food you eat every day. For this, taking multivitamins and mineral supplements is an alternative.
  • Drink 8 glasses or more water a day. Dehydration can make your mouth and throat dry. It can also affect your mood and is also associated with feeling of stress and depression.
  • Regular exercise. Physical exercise can help in easing and reducing depression, stress and anxiety and help in improving mood as well. You can try running, walking, swimming, yoga, meditation and Tai chi. Learning some breathing and relaxation techniques can also help you feel relax and calm.
  • Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages because it dehydrates your body. Have you noticed that when have drunk several glasses of alcohol already, you keep on going to the bathroom to pee? This results to lessening the fluids in your body that can affect your body normal functions. Having a hangover is one of the apparent results of being dehydrated.
  • Avoid drinking something with caffeine such as coffee and sodas. Caffeine can interfere with your sleep patterns.
  • Reduce or avoid eating refined and processed foods.
  • Quit smoking or avoid being exposed to nicotine.

These are the few of the simple yet effective steps that can help you big time in preventing, reducing and treating stress, depression and anxiety.