Did you know anxiety and depression are the most common mental health disorders in the UK?
And it’s on the rise.
Anxiety can differ in it’s severity ranging from the nervousness and anxiety you may feel before an exam or interview to full blown panic attacks that can come out of nowhere, plaguing you everywhere you go including when you are safely tucked up in bed.
Anxiety disorders come in all kinds of disguises; generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), Panic disorder, Social anxiety, health anxiety and many more.
Some of the undesirable symptoms inflicted upon those of us who suffer with anxiety can include breathlessness, heart palpatations, dry mouth, panic attacks, dizziness, poor digestion and acid reflux, headaches and I’m sure you can think of several more.
The good news is there are many herbs which can help with these symptoms and if you are having problems with how antidepressants are making you feel (they are fantastic for some people but not everyone gets on with them) you may want to turn to herbal medicine. I will talk herbs for anxiety in more detail below, but first I want to mention other actions you can take to deal with the symptoms of anxiety.
Step 1: Why? Try to work out what could be causing the anxiety and try to rectify these – this is not always possible due to life commitments but if possible see what you can do to address causes. Common causes can be vitamin deficiency, family illness, money worries, unemployment, chronic stress and childhood adversity. Sometimes we don’t know what is causing the anxiety in which case move to step 2.
Step 2: Diet.. Putting it simply, eating junk can make you feel like junk. So, if you find yourself eating convenience foods on a regular basis and there’s not a whole lot of fruit and veg going on then adjusting your diet can make a big difference – I promise you!
3 Top Tips
- Replace white refined carbohydrates with their wholegrain equivalent
- Increase fruit and vegetable intake e.g. if you don’t eat fruit on a regular basis strive to eat one piece of fruit a day. Another manageable change in your diet would be to include one green vegetable a day such as cabbage, broccoli, rocket
- Reduce caffeine intake to 1 or 2 tea or coffee per day