Many of us experience feelings of anxiousness throughout our lives – it’s a completely normal part of the human experience, which shouldn’t be a source of embarrassment or shame. As a holistic lifestyle coach, I often encounter people who are experiencing this emotion. For some, their anxieties can easily be linked to nerve-inducing events, such as a test result or job interview. However, for others, the root cause of their anxiousness is harder to determine.
Either way, anxiety often comes hand in hand with a set of physiological symptoms – sudden brain fog, shallow breathing, increased heart rate, and even feelings of nausea and lightheadedness. Although unpleasant, these are all very normal responses to the stressful moments that we encounter or anticipate.
The good news is, there are ways to help us manage symptoms of anxiety, so we can feel calmer and better prepared to tackle the tasks in front of us. Did you know, for example, that certain vitamin deficiencies can be linked to feelings of increased stress and anxiety? Or that breathwork could help you instantaneously reduce the physiological symptoms of anxiety?
Read on to discover ways to minimise and manage your feelings of anxiety on the go. However, if you regularly experience anxiety symptoms in response to what may seem like routine or day-to-day events, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder. If you feel you need extra support, speak to your GP or a mental health professional for further advice alongside these helpful tips.
1. Ensure you don’t have a nutrient deficiency
My first piece of advice would be to ensure you’re eating a well-balanced, nutritious diet. We all know how important nutrients are for feeding our bodies, but there is now a greater understanding of how they can play into our mood and mental health.
Making sure we’re getting the nutrients we need and eliminating the risk of deficiency can help us reduce the chances and symptoms of anxiety, as well as generally help us feel better every day.
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies that are sometimes linked to anxiety include: