Erase Anxiety: Dial-in Faith
ERASE ANXIETY: DIAL-IN FAITH BY MICHAEL GALITZER, MD, AND LARRY TRIVIERI JR
Anxiety is all too common is our stress-filled, fast-paced society today. While prolonged cases of anxiety require the help of a physician or other skilled health practitioner, temporary feelings of anxiety can usually be banished by using a combination of the following self-care measures.
Diet: Poor diet can often trigger feelings of anxiety, as well as other emotional issues. Assess your diet to reduce excessive consumption of stressor foods such as refined sugars, honey, maple syrup, or cow’s milk products, and any and all foods to which you may have sensitivities. Nutrient-rich vegetable soups, broths, and a wide variety of green and yellow vegetables can often be helpful for supporting the brain and promoting feelings of calm.
Nutritional Supplements: The following nutrients can help reduce feelings of anxiety by calming the nervous system: magnesium, vitamin B complex, 5-HTP increases the neurotransmitter serotinin. Theanine is a popular supplement that helps reduce anxiety. GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) also has a calming effect.
Flower Essences: Bach Flower essences can prove very helpful in managing and helping to eliminate anxiety. Use Aspen for apprehension, foreboding, and fear triggered seemingly for no reason. Mimulus helps overcome fear of known things, shyness, and timidity, while red chestnut is used for excessive anxiety and over caring for others. Rescue Remedy (combination formula) is for general stress from anxiety, and Rock Rose is helpful for coping with terror and panic from known fears.
Herbal Remedies: Siberian ginseng helps support the adrenal glands, improving blood flow to the brain and reducing the stress caused by psychological factors. Adrenal fatigue will frequently result in anxiety. Valerian root acts as a natural tranquilizer, calming nerves and easing mood swings. Passionflower and St. John’s Wort can also be helpful.
Homeopathy: Aconite and Arsenicum album are useful homeopathic remedies for dealing with anxiety. Gelsemium is useful for stage fright and public speaking.
Meditation: Meditating regularly has been shown to increase feelings of calm and peace, as well as improving one’s ability to cope with life’s challenges with greater ease and success.
Take A Deep Breath: Typically, during times of anxiety, stress, and other emotional upheavals, our breathing becomes shallow, with pauses between each inhalation and exhalation. By focusing on your breath, and taking deep, relaxed, full breaths in and out of your belly, you will automatically begin to trigger what is known as the “relaxation response.” Taking time throughout each day to breathe in this manner for a few minutes at a time can make a significant difference in how well you are able to cope with stressful situations and anxiety triggers.
Finally, should you find yourself suffering from anxiety, don’t feel as if you need to shoulder your burden alone. Many times simply reaching out to a trusted loved one (a friend or family member) can make a big difference in how well you are able to cope with feelings of anxiety, as well as other emotional problems.
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