Good Food For Anxiety And Other Explanations For Why You Feel Anxious?

Many people put their anxiety down to external stimuli and learned fears that they have created. 

And yes, we all have our own collection of fearful stimuli, responses, including the fear of fear itself.

Once you conquer the fear of fear itself, which is life's biggest confidence destroyer and success blocker, then nothing can stop you or hold you back.

But did you know, that people who meet their bodies basic needs and requirements, tend to suffer a lot less with anxiety?

What this means is?

Treating and reducing your anxiety may need more than a one way approach, and sometimes your anxiety can be a sign, that all your basic requirements are not being met, including your diet.

Let's start off with the mind. 

How you react to our anxious thoughts, and how your mind have learned to associate, your negative external experiences and dislikes, with your fight or flight response. 

Can be part of the root cause of your anxiety.

Some people recommend trying to change your thoughts to reduce your anxiety. The only flaw, with this approach is.

Your anxious response and strong emotions, happens before the fearful thoughts, therefore it is the feelings that need changing.

Reassuring your mind, at times when you begin to feel anxious, with calming self statements can help.

Like

"Whatever happens, I'll be Ok" or "I Can Handle it" 

Can help, to soothe your anxious mind.

But, the best way to calm your anxiety is to try and change your feelings and responses.

One important point. Once an anxious thought has been activated, you cannot de-activate it.

So there is no point in trying to analyze why you're having the anxious thoughts or getting annoyed or frustrated by them. 

Therefore, the best thing you can do is to make the feelings of discomfort as minimal and brief as possible.

In fact, you should not even attempt or want to stop your anxious thoughts, because that will always
be met, with more emotional arousal and stress.

So, once an anxious thought or feeling has been activated, give it no respect, attention or any of your thinking time. 

It is best to just leave your mind alone and allow it to think the thoughts without you doing anything, except to watch the thoughts from a second, person perspective.

Whilst you recognize that it is just a thought and feeling and a false alarm, that will quickly pass, if you just ignore it and remain calm and not bothered.

Give your mind permission to carry on thinking the thought, but do not react to them.

More information on how to manage your anxious thoughts.

Avoidance, can also play a role in increasing our fears and anxieties

Because many people do not know how to deal with their fearful thoughts and feelings. They tend to want to avoid the situation to avoid the feelings of fear.

However. Taking avoidance measures, or even wanting to avoid, the situations we know, make us feel anxious, can make your anxiety more intense.

Your mind tends to fear more, the things that you avoid the most. 

This is because, avoidance tactics, are, linked to your fight or flight response.

From an evolutionary point of view, your mind soon learns to associate, the things that you don't want to happen, or the things that you want to avoid as being threatening. 

Otherwise, why would you want to avoid them?



Managing your feelings and emotions

It is perfectly normal to feel a bit uncomfortable at times, especially as you're getting used to new situations and challenges.

We all have a range of emotions, and trying to repress them or get rid of them, can have an adverse affect.

Sometimes if you want to grow, you have to be prepared to go through a bit of mild discomfort, so you can process the emotion and expand your comfort zone.

However, what you should not have to put up with is prolonged periods of general anxiety or high levels of anxiety, fear and panic attacks.

The secret to reducing and minimizing your anxiety to its absolute minimum is all about mindfulness, and learning how to manage and quickly change your state and feelings.

Once you wage war on your feelings and emotions. 

 Most people end up in a never ending battle and fight with their feelings and emotions.

What you need to be aware of is though. 

Feelings are natural, and nobody, feels calm and happy all of the time. 

Feelings come and go. 

How quickly they come and go, will depend on. 

How sensitive and how much you care about them, and how you react to them, when they occur. 

Feelings that are associated with fear and anxiety are not very pleasant, so it is perfectly understandable to not to want to have them.

What you have to realize is though, the more attention you give to them, the more intense and prolonged you will endure them.

If you try and defeat your fear and anxiety, they will defeat you every time.

Fear and anxiety thrive on attention and your reaction to them. 

The less bothered you are by these feelings and the less you focus on or think about your feelings of discomfort and anxiety, the better. 

Distraction techniques can help. 

Such as. If you start to feel anxious. 

Hum or sing, happy tunes to yourself or focus on your breathing, or any other ways you might have to distract yourself.

Imagining, yourself on a beach, focusing on what you can see, hear, taste, feel and smell, will also reduce your anxiety and stress.

Pretend as if everything is OK

Anxiety and fear are linked to potential danger or your mind perceiving, that something bad is going to happen, even if there is no real known danger.

The important thing to remember is. 

Anxiety and fearful responses are automatic subconscious reactions. 

Therefore, you cannot always control them from being activated. But, you can consciously step in and begin to change the way you feel.

Because, your feelings will subside a lot quicker. 

If you just accept the feelings, embrace them and feel them, whilst you just keep your attention on what you're doing or what is going on around you.

Try to act as normal as possible.

Because, it is easy to get caught up and tricked by your feelings.

You have to remember, your mind, body and senses are reacting with anxiety and fear, because they have perceived a threat, even if, the threat is not real.

If there is a genuine risk, then you can take precautions or you can prepare yourself for the situation as best as you can.

If you know, logically, the threat is not real, and most anxiety is based on what might happen, what might go wrong and imagined what if's.

The thing to do is, to try not to panic. 

The what if thoughts are, your mind doing a risk assessment.

So you can answer those anxieties, provoking what if thoughts with, a positive or reassuring calming reply and answer.

If you start to have a fight or flight or anxiety moment. 

Instead of going along with the feelings and emotions and causing more momentum and anxiety.

Immediately, put all your attention on trying to relax and calm yourself down.

Put on a big smile, as this will indicate that all is well, because you wouldn't smile if something bad was about to happen.

Relax your shoulders and have an open, but relaxed body, release and let go of any tension.

Take some slow, deep breaths, pushing your stomach all the way out and making the out breath longer than the in breath.

If you're in a social situation, try and slow down your talking. 

Your mind and senses use feedback from your surrounding environment and your body, to gauge how you need to react.

This is why it is important to act as if everything is Ok, so use your body, to reduce your anxiety.

For more helpful tips, advice and natural anxiety treatment visit the official panic away website.

Reassuring your anxious mind

If you're thinking about a forth coming situation, that is making you anxious, you could say to yourself or write it down on a piece of paper.

"I am feeling anxious right now, how I want to feel in that situation, is peaceful and calm"

If you're already in a situation that is making you feel anxious you could say to yourself.

"I am safe at this present moment, so it is safe for me to relax"

"I am feeling anxious right now, how I want to feel is calm and at peace"

One of the reasons people feel anxious is because they fear there will be a consequence or they cannot handle or cope with the situation.

Using a bit of logical thinking, can help you to overcome your feelings of worry and anxiety.

Asking yourself or writing down the perceived consequences or worst case scenario, can help ease your anxious mind.

One of the consequences is usually, the fear of fear itself.

You could tell yourself.

It is OK if I feel anxious, because I know the feelings will soon pass and things will go well.

Also, ask yourself the worst case scenario, or write down the worst case scenario, and how you're feeling.

Then accept it and be OK with it, or write down, what is most likely to happen.

Then you let you know, that 

"Whatever happens, you'll be OK"

And show your mind, that even in the worst case scenario, you'll survive. Then, your anxiety, levels will start to lower. 

Imagine, everything going well.

You can also imagine. 

That you have already passed the point/situation that is making you feel anxious, and everything has gone well and better than you thought.

Bringing your mind and body back into balance

Your body is one complex, integrated system that is dependant on all your basic being needs met. 

When all your body's needs are being met, your body will perform and function at is most relaxed and efficient peak physical best.

It is important to understand this concept, that your mind and body works as a whole, that feeds off each other. 

When one of these three major components of good emotional and physical being is out of sync or balance, which are your muscles, physiology and mind. 

Then this will affect, all the others.

Therefore, to treat a symptom, such as anxiety and stress. If you want to address the root causes of it, then you have to bring into balance, your mind, muscles and physiology.

Your Breathing

Your breathing is highly important in bringing your mind and body into balance.

At times when we feel anxious, stressed and threatened. Many people breathe shallow or they hold their breath.

So, it is important to keep an eye on your breathing and if needed, make sure you breathe deeply, in those stressful and challenging situations.

If you find that there are certain types of situations, that cause you to feel anxious. 

Take some slow, deep breaths, before you enter the stressful situation, as this will train your mind to associate the situation as not being threatening.



Your muscles

Your mind and senses will use your muscles as feedback. 

Your muscles are linked to your fight or flight response. 

Therefore, if your muscles are tense, then you will have more trouble with anxiety and you will tend to have more anxious and tense related thoughts.

People get caught up in a vicious and self perpetuating cycle.

Their stress and anxiety causes physical changes and adrenaline in their bodies, as well as causing their muscles to tighten.

And tense muscles and the symptoms of stress, cause more anxiety and worry.

Some people, have over the years, have conditioned themselves, through repetition, to react, with the fight or flight body postures, to certain situations, where they feel threatened.

This is where, the back of your head gets pulled down, the head protrudes forwards, and you hunch and round your shoulders.

This then can then become a learned habitual behavior to certain situations, causing a change in your breathing and inducing the release of adrenaline into your body.

By gently, relaxing your neck and releasing your head, forwards and up, can snap you out of the fight or flight response mode.



Sitting down, slouching and allowing your body to collapse, can also affect your physiology and your emotional state.

When you slouch or hunch up your body. This can put you in a negative state, which can evoke feelings of anxiety and insecurity.

The same applies, when you stiffen or tense your body.

Changing your posture and physiology, can break those anxious thoughts and patterns.

The head and neck are particularly important. 

Because, when the head is out of balance in relationship, to the body, or the neck is stiff or constricted. 

Then this can put you in the fight or flight startled mode, causing more anxious responses and thoughts, which is activated by the neck being stiffened or the head being too far forwards away from the body.

If the head is protruding too far forwards, then this can cause the stiffening of the neck. 

The same applies, if the head is and chin is lifted up and the back of the head is pulled downwards.

Ideally, the neck should be free, and the head should be balanced forwards and up.

This, however, should be natural and not forced.

Forcing your head downwards, where you bend the neck, will cause tension in the neck.

As will, lifting up your chest, chin and pulling the back of your head downwards.

Your muscles should be as relaxed as possible, without you, collapsing and your body should be in alignment and balance.

Natural, tension free and balanced, are the key to reduce any muscle tension and stiffness.



Rest, relaxation and staying active

The key to the least amount of anxiety, is to take good care of your body.

A lack of quality sleep and regular relaxation can affect your emotional state. 

Good, quality sleep, activity and relaxation are absolutely necessary, to keep your body in its peak physical and emotional condition.

Preparation, is a key to getting a good quality night's sleep.

Most people are unaware, that they prepare themselves to feel stressed and anxious, by neglecting worrying and not paying attention to their basic bodily requirements such as.
  1. Quality and restful sleep 
  2. Deep relaxation  
  3. Good nutrition 
  4. Exercise or keeping active
Learning how to relax, with things like meditation, listening to relaxing music or techniques like self hypnosis. 

Can help you to fall asleep, and more importantly, get a good nights restful and restorative sleep.

Light to moderate exercise, can help to boost your mood and burn off, any symptoms of stress and anxiety.

Learning to feel good and reducing anxiety, is all about implementing positive lifestyle changes into your daily life.

Food and anxiety

What you eat and drink can have an influence on your moods and your anxiety levels.

If you have a food intolerance or you are sensitive to some foods, then it may affect your mood and your anxiety levels.

It is believed that there are certain foods that are good for your anxiety and some that may not be so good, 

One of the worst culprits for anxiety suffers are caffeine, too much sugar and too much alcohol.

The article below has been written by anxiety and panic attack expert Joe Barry but before you read this factual article on the foods for anxiety.

You may benefit from watching his video on the foods that may cause anxiety.



For more helpful tips, advice and natural anxiety treatment visit the official panic away website.

Anxiety Cures-A Proper Diet To Help Eliminate Anxiety

Water

There is no quicker way to reduce general anxiety than having good eating and drinking habits. One of the most easily implemented and effective additions to your diet is fresh water.

Water is a great quencher of thirst — but more importantly here — It is a helpful tool as an anxiety cure.

Nearly every function of the body is monitored and pegged to the efficient flow of water through our system. 

Water transports hormones‚ chemical messengers‚ and nutrients to vital organs of the body. When we don’t keep our bodies well–hydrated‚ they may react with a variety of signals such as anxiety‚ which we would never think are related to our poor drinking habits.

Diet to Help Eliminate Anxiety : Water

Here are some interesting information about water:

Seventy–five percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated.

In 37% of Americans‚ the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.

Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3%.

One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.

Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

Regular fresh drinking water is a vital ingredient to your diet when looking at anxiety cures.

When we are dehydrated‚ our cells can feel this at a molecular level and communicate this to the subconscious as an underlying subtle anxiety. 

The key to rebalancing a deficit of fluids is to drink eight glasses of fresh water daily.

Have you noticed the effects of dehydration on your emotions before? 

If you have ever suffered from a serious hangover from a night out on the tiles‚ you will understand the feeling of dehydration all too well.

Hangovers result from dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. 

I am sure many of you are familiar with the tendency to have what has become known as “the hangover fear”.

This is a heightened sense of anxiety and jumpiness that results from the dehydration caused by a hangover. 

The surest way for someone who suffers from anxiety to experience a panic attack is to drink excessive amounts of alcohol and wait for the hangover to set in the following day. 

Water is a great cure for anxiety in this particular situation.

It is important to be aware that dehydration is a factor that contributes to anxiety and that a diet to help eliminate anxiety should contain ample amounts of fresh water. 

Personally‚ I have found that not only does regular intake of water ward off subtle feelings of anxiety, thus greatly helping as a cure for anxiety. 

But it is also incredibly effective for building stamina and avoiding fatigue.

Diet to Help Eliminate Anxiety

Diet (Food)

On average‚ most people have a very acidic diet‚ which results in not just a lower resistance to stress, but to a variety of serious health problems. 

Your diet is something you can immediately control and help you build your resources of anxiety cures.

As you master your diet‚ not only are you improving your overall well–being but are also building up a positive mental attitude‚ which says‚ "I am in control of my body."

If our internal environment is too acidic‚ this can exaggerate any anxiety we may be experiencing. The body is in a greater state of health when it is balanced internally. 

What is needed is to bring the body’s internal pH balance into acceptable parameters. 

The elimination of high anxiety is not easy unless you maintain an alkaline balance in the food you eat. 

If your food is too acidic or you indulge in excessive amounts of foods‚ your body cannot function at its best. 

It will have difficulty eliminating toxins from your body‚ and will have less of a buffer zone to stress‚ leaving you feeling vulnerable and shaken when anxiety strikes.

Food such as salt‚ sugar‚ and refined or processed products lower your body’s resistance‚ whereas food such as fruit and vegetables raise it. 

As you control your body’s needs‚ you empower yourself and gradually build a body that does not feel threatened by an onslaught of high anxiety.

Proteins‚ nuts‚ grains‚ and dairy products (except yoghurt) along with alcohol‚ sugar‚ and salt are acidic foods.

Fruit‚ vegetables‚ and juices‚ are alkaline.

Diet to help eliminate anxiety

For optimum balance you need an 80% alkaline diet. This means concentrating on fruits and raw vegetables using proteins in small quantities for when you need energy. 

A person with a good diet needs only 50 g of protein a day. This should consist of 7 ounces of animal protein (or a vegetarian equivalent) or 36 ounces of good yoghurt.

The rest of your diet to help eliminate anxiety should be alkaline (should you have a very strenuous or physical occupation you may need more than 50 g of protein a day).

Below is a more comprehensive list of alkaline foods that will help bring greater balance to your diet and help you cure your anxiety more easily.

Foods to Help Eliminate Anxiety

A diet to help eliminate anxiety should contain….

Parsnips

Rutabagas

Cauliflower

Mushrooms

Green Beans

Green Peas

White Potatoes

Tomatoes

Muskmelon

Cantaloupe

Limes

Tangerines

Strawberries

Pineapple

Oranges

Grapes

Apricots

Blackberries

Peaches

Raspberries

Pears

Apples

Beans‚ Dried

Dried Figs

Dried Dates

Bananas

Raisins

Avocados

Prunes

Sweet Potatoes

Watermelons

Honeydew Melon

Almonds

<>Millet

Molasse

Beet Greens

Celery

Chard Leaves

Watercress

Sauerkraut

Lettuce

Green Limas

Cucumbers

Radishes

Cabbage

Broccoli

Beets

Brussel Sprouts

Carrots

Green Soybeans

Raw Spinach

Minerals to help cure anxiety

Mineral stores in your body have a buffering action on acid and tend to alkalize the acidity in the internal environment. 

Low or deficient mineral stores can lead to acidic bodily pH. 

The buffering action of mineral stores keeps the pH toward the healthier and slightly alkaline side of the pH scale. 



This buffering system is delicately balanced and can get disrupted under mineral–deficient conditions. 

Both the acid and mineral residues are discarded through the urinary tract. Over time‚ this depletes the mineral stores if they are not replaced. 

This is the reason we should ensure to get adequate mineral levels in a proper diet to help eliminate anxiety. 

If we don’t get adequate levels through the fruits and vegetables we eat‚ then we need to use good quality supplement minerals to help aid our efforts to cure anxiety.

Nutrients that are paramount in helping the body cope with stress include B complex‚ raw adrenal concentrate‚ desiccated liver‚ flax seed oil‚ and colloidal minerals. 

A balanced B–complex vitamin supplement is essential in normal pituitary and adrenal function. Without B complex‚ these glands will not produce adequate hormone levels.

Minerals are absolutely essential in normal bodily functions including autonomic nervous system function. 

A good example of their importance is demonstrated by the role a mineral‚ such as magnesium‚ plays in bodily functioning. 

Magnesium is instrumental in over 270 biochemical reactions in the body. It also helps regulate the pH (acid–base balance) of the human physiology. 

The human body functions within a very narrow pH range. Sodium and potassium are essential in nervous system functioning. 

Without either one of them‚ our nervous system would be inoperable and we would die. 

These minerals are usually found naturally in the vegetable that we eat. However‚ the mineral content in vegetables has diminished over the years from the depletion of the soil. 

Therefore‚ it may be necessary to take mineral supplements as part of a diet to help eliminate anxiety.

The truth is that it can be very difficult to maintain composure and confidence in your ability to handle all that life throws your way if your body is malnourished or deficient in vital foodstuffs. 

Look after your body’s needs‚ and you will be strengthening your body’s ability to cure anxiety and panic attacks.

I am convinced over the next five to ten years‚ a definitive link will be made between diet and helping cure anxiety. 

There are some very interesting research currently being conducted in 2004 into the connection between improving schizophrenia dramatically using a gluten–free diet.

Although schizophrenia has nothing to do with anxiety or panic attacks‚ it is an example of how science is now looking to foodstuffs and their connection to our mental health.

If you feel you need professional help and guidance to end your anxiety, visit the Panic Attacks And General Anxiety Website for more information.

 

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