Everybody experiences anxiety sometimes. It’s a natural response to scary or worrying situations, such as job interviews or first dates.
For some, feeling anxious is a daily occurrence. It’s not related directly to a stressful event but is, instead, a constant feeling of low-level anxiety. When anxious thoughts and feelings are chronic and begin to affect an individual’s life, it’s known as an anxiety disorder.
If you’re somebody who has been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) or a related anxiety disorder, it can be difficult to continue doing your usual activities. You might find that work becomes more difficult or social situations are more worrying than enjoyable.
There are things that you can do to ease your symptoms of anxiety, whether it’s logging into an app each day, talking to your friends and family, or eating a healthy diet. Below, we’ve discussed some of the best ways to lower your anxiety and reduce disruptions to your day-to-day life.
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The amygdala is responsible for regulating fear-based emotions and memories. CBD and delta 9 THC can block receptors in the amygdala, reducing fear and anxiety.
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Reduce Your Caffeine Intake
Caffeine activates the sympathetic branch of your nervous system, which can cause you to feel ‘wired’. If your sympathetic nervous system is overactivated, it can lead to stress and anxiety.
Some people are more sensitive to caffeine than others. If you’re somebody who metabolizes caffeine more slowly, you may find that even just one cup of coffee or one can of an energy drink causes you to feel anxious.
Reducing your caffeine intake could relieve some of your symptoms of anxiety. Going caffeine-free could be especially helpful to reduce the physical symptoms of anxiety, like increased heart rate, elevated breathing rate, and excess sweating.
Follow a Healthy and Nutritious Diet
Your diet doesn’t just influence your physical health. It also impacts your mental health in a number of ways.
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Eating a diet that is full of nutritious foods can boost your mental health and reduce symptoms of anxiety. Studies show that a diet full of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and fish increases resilience to stress.
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On the other hand, consuming lots of ultra-processed foods or high-sugar foods can increase your stress and anxiety levels. It can also increase your risk of nutritional deficiencies, which can negatively influence your physical and mental health.
Base your meals around complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, and fruits and vegetables. Focus on consuming at least five portions of fruits and veggies every day, and try to vary the colors of the foods that you eat to maximize your nutrient intake.