When setting goals with our Foodtrainers clients, we have heard a lot of interest in mental health. Today, we’re going to talk about anxiety. It’s a huge topic, and we will discuss it more from the vantage point of a nutritionist than a mental health expert, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t so much you can pick up from this.
We’re going to be focusing on strategies to cope with and overcome anxiety. We’re also going to dive into the many different kinds of anxiety and how they differ.
Here are some of the tools you can use to manage your anxiety:
- Gut health. Your gut can act as your second brain, and we are starting to learn more and more how much this affects you. There are some strains of gut bacteria that can help for depression or anxiety. Incorporating probiotics or foods that are gut-healthy can help with this.
- Manage your breathing. You don’t have to do formal meditation, but if you focus on exhaling longer than you inhale it will help your body let go of stress.
- Rhodiola supplements. This natural herb can help to improve your stress response.
- B-vitamins. Take them as a complex in the morning, such as our B-sane supplement.
- Magnesium. While not a sleep aid, it does help with relaxing before bed and your overall sleep quality. We like to call magnesium our Chill Pills.
- Omega-3. Low omega-3 values predispose you to depression and anxiety. If you’re not eating a lot of fish in your diet, you can take advantage of walnuts for another healthy way of incorporating that.
- Time with friends. This can be difficult when you have social anxiety, but the oxytocin that releases when you interact with people is anxiety-suppressing.
- At the end of the day, you can take passionflower and valerian to treat anxiety and insomnia. We take this in our Sweet Dreams Drops.
- CBD. There are many benefits to this, but be careful of subpar product. Markets are flooded right now because of the demand, and some people are out to make quick money. The Wildflower CBD Wellness Tincture is fantastic.
Space all of these things out so you can see how your body reacts to it. We recommend only incorporating one thing into your life per week to see how you respond.
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