Lifestyle changes are a surefire way to overcome anxiety. Your diet has a huge impact on both your physical and mental health. If you’re suffering from a lack of focus and anxiety, you may want to examine your eating habits and start cutting down on foods that have a negative effect on your mental health.
The average modern diet consists of a huge amount of fats and unhealthy sugars, which certainly contribute to your existing anxiety problems. These foods also make it very hard for you to cope with stress.
However, a diet consisting of a lot of unhealthy sugars will definitely cause feelings that can trigger anxiety attacks or make your anxiety symptoms worse.
In 2008, a study conducted by the department of psychology of Princeton University found that rats who ate a lot of sugar quickly and then fasted afterward started displaying anxiety, it is therefore recommended that you not consume foods high in sugar if you’re suffering from anxiety.
Nevertheless, the first thing that you have to understand when it comes to foods high in sugar is that they do not cause anxiety, but the fact that sugar is a not a calming food, but instead makes you hyper, it can make the anxiety seem worse and prevent feelings of calmness.
Caffeine is another food that you should definitely stop consuming if you suffer from anxiety. It may be hard to do this, but if you can’t completely stop drinking beverages that contain it (tea, coffee, energy drinks, sodas), then at least try cutting down on them as much as possible.
• Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant that people from all around the world love, since it makes them feel focused, confident, productive, and alert. Unfortunately, people who like to drink coffee, tea, sodas, and/or energy drinks quickly get hooked on them and start sipping on them in huge amounts. People who’re suffering from anxiety should avoid these drinks at all costs, since they contribute to symptoms such as insomnia, heart palpitations, irritability, panic attacks, and a racing heart.
• People who have anxiety issues often talk about how they have to deal with a lot of stress, but consuming caffeine will only make you more stressed out. In a study conducted by the Duke University Medical Center back in 1990, it was discovered that caffeine consumption will likely double the presence of stress hormones epinephrine and cortisol.
• Caffeine is also known for causing insomnia, which is, in fact, one of the most common side effects of anxiety as well. And it’s not that it happens in rare cases; it actually happens very often. In fact, there is a recognized mental disorder called caffeine-induced sleep disorder. If you have problems with stress, then you probably know that there’s nothing better than a good night’s sleep if you want to calm your nerves. However, caffeine decreases the third and fourth sleep stages (when the most restorative and deep sleep takes place), and ultimately makes you feel like you aren’t well-rested. Be careful when you consume caffeine, as it can stay in your system for up to 14 hours.
Since caffeine use is so common, it’s sometimes easy to forget it is actually a psychoactive drug. This means that it doesn’t mix well with certain medications you may be taking. When prescribed a drug, make sure to consult your doctor whether caffeine will have a bad effect on you if you mix it with it.
So, what should you to combat anxiety?
Well, first of all, you will need to start eating healthier. A healthy diet will ensure an easier battle with anxiety and stress. Remember that you don’t have to alter your diet drastically. Simply cutting down on refined sugars and caffeine will do the trick.