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What can cause and help anxiety!

February 3, 2018

 

 

     I strongly believe we live in a society where people are looking only for a cure or the magic pill.  This drives me crazy! I hate to admit it though, but I use to be one of these people.  I do think looking for a cure is important.  However there is no magic pill, there is no easy fix.  Like anything important we have to work for our health.  It should be our number one priority!  We only have one life and one body, why try to find an easy fix.  We should be giving our bodies the best care, you deserve it!  If you are not functioning properly, it is difficult to do other important things in our lives.     

             

     Along with looking for cures, we also need to be looking for causes.  Which I feel this is overlooked so much!  Looking into what was causing both my migraines and my anxiety was the number one thing that helped me now go over 2 ½ years without a migraine and me being able to manage my anxieties.  Since I know what the causes are it makes it easier for me to prevent them from happening.

 

     I also believe that unless you went through a major traumatic experience, there are probably several different things causing the anxiety, so this being said there are probably going to be several different things to help the anxiety.  Again no magic pill!   

 

Here are common causes of anxiety (I am going give a brief description of each and give more detailed description of each on a later date):

 

  • Poor diet.  There are so many foods out there that have toxic chemicals and fillers that our bodies don’t recognize and don’t know what to do with.  They say our gut is our 2nd brain or a happy gut make a happy mind!  If our gut is unhealthy it can definitely cause anxiety symptoms like brain fog and having a hard time concentrating. 

 

  • Vitamin deficiency.  Our bodies need both certain and certain amount of nutrients to survive.  Unfortunately the average American (and probably other countries too) are not getting enough vitamin and minerals and I was very surprised how much this can cause anxiety! There are lots of studies out there!

 

  • Having a major traumatic experience.  Some major traumatic experience can definitely put a toll on the body.  This can be a death of a loved one, divorce, a car accident or an assault just to name a few.  This can definitely cause anxiety and more than likely PTSD.

 

  • Prolonged stress.  A little bit of stress in small amounts is actually really good for us.  However if we have stress that keeps going, this can cause problems.  This is things like working in a bad environment, being in a bad relationship or having a negative outlook. 

 

  • Not getting enough exercise.  I know for me, sometimes when my anxieties are acting up, it is usually because I have too much pent up energy that I need to get rid of. 

 

  • Being a perfectionist.  Okay, listen up all you perfectionist!  I hate to burst your bubble, but you are not perfect and you can’t be perfect!  No one is perfect!  Not one person in this entire world!  When you are trying to strive to be perfect, which is impossible, it is going to be stressful when it doesn’t happen.  I have been studying successful people and you know what they all have in common?  They have made so many mistakes and have failed so many times!  They just have learned from their experiences and moved forward.  There is no such thing as a perfect person and thank god for that, because it would be a boring world if people could be perfect.  Be you!  Be imperfectly perfect!

 

  • Genetics.  I think genetics can play into anxiety.  I believe mine are genetic.  That being said, I still believe that anxiety can be managed even if they are genetic.

 

  • Chemical imbalance.  I’m going to be honest, I don’t know much about chemical imbalances.  However if I were to guess I believe a huge part of this can be helped through diet and environment. 

 

 

Things that can help Anxiety:

 

  •  Eating a good diet.  If you know me, I am big on eating as little processed foods as possible.  The more organic the better.  This will keep your gut healthy.  I also believe if we eat healthy, it makes our bodies strong which will help our bodies handle stress a lot better.

 

  • Getting the right amount of vitamin and minerals.  Vitamins like magnesium and vitamin D is a big help when it comes to anxiety. 

 

  • Know what your triggers are.  Everyone is different, so everyone is going to have a different trigger.  If you know them, then you can try to prevent them.  Mine are alcohol and being in the middle of a crowd. 

 

  • Exercise.  Like I mentioned before, I feel like sometimes when my anxiety is acting up, it is because I have too much pent up energy.  I usually feel my best after I have worked some of that energy off. Any kind of exercise should help.  

 

  • Herbs.  I LOVE herbs!  You can make all sorts of herbal remedies.  Herbs that can help with anxiety are valerian, skullcap, St. John’s wort, lavender and my favorites, lemon balm and chamomile!

 

  • Aromatherapy.  There are several different essential oils that can be used for anxiety and several different ways to use them. You can diffuse them, use them topically and for a massage.  I mainly use doterra, so I don’t know much about other companies.  So I use oils like lavender, vetiver, serenity and balance for anxiety. 

 

  • Meditation.  This is one of my favorite and most effective things I do to keep my anxieties managed.  I love it!  I just wrote blog post on this, click here to read it! 

 

  • EFT (aka Tapping).  EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques.  I just recently discovered EFT, so I don’t know too much about it yet, but I definitely want to learn more.  Basically you are tapping the end points of energy meridians through the body.  There are scripts that you should be saying while tapping, this is the part I have to learn more about.  I have actually done EFT a few times without a script and I noticed good results although scripts do make it better.  There are quite a few articles and YouTube videos if you are interested.  I plan on learning a lot more about this subject and sharing what I learned.

 

  • Positive thinking.  Okay, I know some of you don’t like being told this, but positive thinking really does help.  So much negative stuff out there, can definitely stress us out and then if we are thinking negative thoughts, then that just makes it worse.  When I’m having a hard time coming up with positive things think about, I will either go to google images or Pinterest and look up positive quotes, empowering quotes or affirmations. They usually make me feel better.  Affirmations are either a reminder or a fake it until you feel it kind of thing. 

 

  • Gratitude.  This is another one to help us think more positively.  In this society that we live in it is easy to concentrate on what we don’t have and all the things we have going wrong in our lives.  However there are so many amazing things that most of us have going on in our lives.  If you have a roof over your head, food in your belly, have loved ones and you are healthy, you have an amazing life and have a lot to be grateful for!  The best thing is to think of at least 3 things you are grateful every day and it doesn’t have to be major.  Little things are a huge deal!  Usually the little things are the things we take for granted and would miss if they weren’t there.

 

  • Feel your feels, but don’t dwell.  I know when I was experiencing anxiety, most of the time I got stuck in one of two places.  I either refused to feel what I was feeling and was trying to bury it.  We all know what happens when we do that.  It just sits there festers, getting bigger and bigger until we take care of it or we explode!  Or I would feel my feels for too long, almost like I was sitting in victim mode, which isn’t cool!  So feel whatever you need to feel, get it all off your chest and then move on.

 

  • Self-care.  This is so important, that most people refuse to do it!  They either don’t have enough time or they think it’s selfish.  You have to make time and it’s not selfish.  If you are not taking care of yourself, this is going to be a toll on your body and mind.  When this happens you are not functioning properly and you can’t get done what needs to get done.  This causes stress which then leads to anxiety.  We have to take care of ourselves. 

 

  • What is the worst that can happen?  I started asking myself this question when my anxiety was at its worse and I was about to go into full panic mode.  I was terrified of doing my first Facebook Live.  All these thoughts went through my head!  What if I do terrible?  What if the people who are watching are going to think I’m foolish or vain?  What if my friends make fun of me?  Then I asked myself what is the worst that can happen?  I do terrible….well am I going to die?....is the world going to come to an end if I do terrible? No. If people think I’m foolish or vain, what does that matter to me?  If my friends make fun of me, well maybe they aren’t good friends.  I did my first Facebook Live, I did terrible and I am still here and the world didn’t come to an end.  My friends didn’t make fun of me and I have no idea what people think of me and it is none of my business.  I actually got a lot of encouragement.   I am still uncomfortable doing Facebook Lives, but it gets a little easier each time.

 

 

There are other things that can help anxiety, but I think I will stop here for today and talk about them another day.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions!

 

Sending positive vibes your way! 

 

Stacie 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by David Mao on Unsplash

 

This article has not been reviewed by the FDA. This information has been provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, cure, diagnose, or prevent disease. Always consult your primary care physician or naturopathic doctor before making any significant changes to your health routine.

 

 

 

 

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