Anxiety is a silent epidemic. "A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.."
Like so many natural body mechanism Anxiety has deep roots in our history and physiology. A certain level of Anxiety is critical to our lives. It focuses us on being prepared, to think through new events and choices. It stops us from getting too close to the edge of a cliff or from doing something we are going to regret.
But like other built-in systems in our bodies that help us maintain a natural state of wellness, a functioning feedback system for Anxiety helps keep us safe not just for now and today, but for tomorrow and the future. It is when anxiety becomes chronic and takes control of our lives that this friendly and helpful natural process can become an enemy within. Just like other natural processes, the aim is not to eliminate anxiety but rather to ensure it happens at an appropriate level. It is to not allow it to become a chronic issue that robs our quality of like and negatively impacts those around us.
Anxiety can take many forms and often requires professional medical help to correct, but there are many things we can do to concisely manage our Anxiety.
A full-on panic attack is relatively easy to identify but for this conversation, I want to focus on a less obvious problem. A general level of elevated Anxiety. Stress and Anxiety are closely linked. It may be overly simplistic but the Stress we fell often leads to Anxiety. One way to think of it is Stress being the "trigger" and Anxiety being the "response". Clearly the best option is to de-stress our lives. As we all know this is much easy said than done, but it is the key to good health.
Here are five steps to manage Anxiety
1. Where possible remove or reduce the cause of the stress that triggers our Anxiety
2. Understand how we feel and when Anxiety is not at a healthy level.
The symptoms of anxiety are different for each person.
You will see that the actions to reduce Anxiety are closely linked to the same list to reduce stress with the addition of a major focus on our Diet. Stress causes damage on many levels in our bodies and a solid immune system and strong liver, kidneys and digestive system is critical to help our bodies deal with the impacts of stress and anxiety.
Plant-based diets with the addition of fermented foods, natural antioxidants, and anti inflammatories plus fiber rich prebiotics and live culture probiotics help build a maintain an active defense to damage and fast healing.
Don't underestimate the importance of daily routines and rituals. As a start, focus on our "end of day" routine. Prepare your body and mind to let the troubles of the day go. Feed your body with the compounds it needs to repair during our sleep hours when the body performs its key maintenance functions.