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Beating Anxiety

Beating Anxiety

Posted by Shania Baldwin-Haddon on 16th Dec 2021

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress. It’s a feeling of fear or apprehension about what’s to come. 

It is normal to feel anxious from time to time but when these anxious feelings don’t go away it can make it hard to cope with daily life and lead to an anxiety condition. 

Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia. On average, one in four people – one in three women and one in five men – will experience anxiety at some stage in their life.

Top 6 Foods to Support Anxiety

1. Avocado - Avocados are rich in stress-relieving B vitamins and heart-healthy fat that may help to lessen anxiety.

2. Sweet potato - Sweet potatoes are rich in fiber and complex carbs, which help keep blood sugar levels steady to balance mood.

3. Salmon - Salmon may be beneficial for reducing anxiety. It contains nutrients that promote brain health, including vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids.

4. Oats - Oatmeal and other slow-burning complex carbohydrates impact serotonin levels, which are linked to anxiety.

5. Dark Chocolate - cacao promotes the brain to release endorphins that increase serotonin levels- remember just one or two pieces’ moderation is key!

6. Banana - The B-vitamins in bananas, like folate and vitamin B6, are key to the production of serotonin, which can help improve your mood and reduce anxiety.

Top 5 Lifestyle practices for Anxiety

If you are prone to experiencing stress and anxiety, then it may be very beneficial for you to incorporate self-care practices into your day-to-day or weekly schedule.

  1. 10 minutes of meditation per day
  2. 30 minutes of daily physical activity
  3. Acupuncture or massage therapy
  4. Creative / Restorative hobbies such as art
  5. Aromatherapy

Anxiety Tip: Follow the 3-3-3 rule - Start by looking around you and naming three things you can see. Then listen. What three sounds do you hear? Next, move three parts of your body, such as your fingers, toes, or clench, and release your shoulders. This activity helps take the body out of the mind and into the present.

Herbal Medicine

Rhodiola rosea; Rhodiola has been traditionally used in Western herbal medicine as an adaptogen that helps the body adapt to stress and relieve symptoms of stress and fatigue. It has also been shown to enhance physical stamina and performance.

Withania somnifera: Ashwagandha also known as Withania is a herb traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine to support the nervous system and promote sleep. It is also known to support energy production, assist in recovery from illness and improve memory and cognition.

Eleutherococcus senticosus: Siberian ginseng was traditionally used to prevent colds and flu’s and to help increase energy, longevity, and vitality. Used as an adaptogen to help the body cope with both mental and physical stress.

Glycyrrhiza glabra; Licorice is known as a strong adrenal tonic providing enduring strength to the whole body as well as nourishment to the nervous system. Licorice root is effective at stimulating the adrenal gland. This is important because a properly functioning adrenal gland can help to regulate cortisol in the body.

Passiflora incarnata; Passionflower is a herb native to Central and South America. It has been traditionally used to help treat conditions such as mild anxiety, insomnia, and musculoskeletal pain. It is a natural sedative and anxiolytic which means it can help decrease sleeplessness, support healthy sleeping patterns and relieve symptoms of mild anxiety.

Schisandra chinensis; Schisandra has been shown to possess adaptogenic properties. This means that it's able to help the body resist the effects of anxiety and stress, plus bolster the body's defenses against disease. 

Try Our Anxiety Care

Anxiety Care contains three key herbs (Ashwagandha, Rhodiola, Siberian ginseng) specifically formulated to support and relieve symptoms of mild anxiety, support a healthy stress response, and maintain energy levels.

Take 1 tablet twice daily with food or advised by your healthcare professional.