Anxiety Anxiety is a responses that is triggered by an event. It can also be accumulative stress. Anxiety is your body's way of telling you that it is not safe, is ready for the fight or flight response and that it would like you to relieve that fear or tension and return to normal (homeostasis). Stress and anxiety are not always bad. In the short term, they can help you overcome a challenge or dangerous situation. Examples of everyday stress and anxiety include worrying about finding a job, feeling nervous before a big test, or being embarrassed in certain social situations.
Did you know that anxiety and depression strike twice as many females as males?
Chronic Stress Chronic stress causes frustration, agitated nerves, anger and muddled thinking. When the nervous system is constantly on edge, the adrenals produce cortisol with very few triggers. Our ability to handle stress can reduce over time. In fact, high cortisol will deplete serotonin - which helps with concentration and the ability to cope with stress. On a long term basis, low serotonin can lead to both anxiety and depression.
Consequently, frequent anxiety is designed to tell you that it wants you to change something about your life. If you know what is causing it, you can adjust your lifestyle to reduce your anxiety. However, anxiety has begun to interfere with your life every day, it may indicate a more serious issue, such as childhood trauma, value conflict or limiting beliefs. If you are avoiding situations due to irrational fears, constantly worrying, or experiencing severe anxiety - such as panic attacks, it may be time to try counselling. Together we can work out what it is that triggers your anxiety and make a plan with strategies to reduce the discomfort.
Tips for Handling Stress: Supplements: (*Please see your Doctor before changing your routine)
Reduce Caffeine Levels (Quit coffee!)
Serotonin Boosters: 5-HTP (100 mg)
Kava Kava (Thompson's 1000 mg Supplement) (Do not drive)
B Vitamin Complex (Especially B6 & B12 supplements)
Hydrocortisol Supplement (Dr) for stressed adrenals
Magnesium i Threonate
Rescue Remedy (Homeopathic)
St John’s Wort (Supplement)
Valerian Tablets (Supplement at Night)
Chamomile Tea, Green Tea, Dandelion Tea/ Coffee
Warm Milk with Honey
Probiotics (to create serotonin in gut)
Walking, Hiking, Jogging
Golf, Surfing or Sport to Focus the Mind
Looking at a Horizon, Beach, or Nature Scene
Earthing: Walking Barefoot on Grass, Earth or Sand