Who isn’t feeling anxious these days? Our lives have changed very suddenly and we are living with a lot more uncertainty than we normally do.
Anxiety can be a common issue at the best of times and it may be especially true right now as we are going through this pandemic. This blog post will talk about anxiety and how nutrition can help.
Anxiety can be mild to debilitating and is characterised by excessive fear and worry. Common anxiety signs and symptoms include:
Standard medical treatment for anxiety is counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Anti-depressant medication, such as SSRIs (selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors) are often used too. SSRIs can help but they do not address the root causes of the anxiety. They also have side effects and damage gut health.
There are many potential causes of anxiety. We mention a few here but cannot cover all causes in this blog:
Many factors can affect anxiety and mood. It may be a relatively simple and quick fix that you can do on your own like diet change. Or it may be a more complex situation. Some approaches to consider with anxiety include diet and nutrition, lifestyle changes and supplements. Here are a few ideas:
Anxiety is difficult to cope with and can have different causes. Try out some of these tips to see if you can reduce your anxiety. In more complex situations it may be better to work with a professional to support you on the road to addressing anxiety. Book in for a consultation if you are concerned about your anxiety or want some support in making these changes.
By Bronwen Carmichael & Nicola Schuler