Anxiety may be a normal temporary reaction to some life situations. However, a chronic anxiety that persists and worsens is a real disease that may interfere with daily life activities. This type of anxiety makes one feel tense, nervous, frightened for no apparent reason and may be accompanied by headaches, insomnia and heart palpitations.
Symptoms : Nervousness, tension et insomnia
Vitamin, mineral, amino acid or essential fatty acid deficiencies may be involved in anxiety disorders. A healthy and balanced diet will provide the body with all the essential nutrients it requires for maintaining optimal health. Obviously, one should try to avoid stimulants such as caffeine, sugars, sodas or refined foods that are nutrient-depleted and alcohol that reduces the availability of nutrients. The diet should include, among others, whole grain products that are naturally rich in B vitamins and cold water fish or flaxseed oil that are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Hypoglycemia may also induce stress symptoms or anxiety. It is strongly recommended to have several smaller meals providing proteins (from meat, poultry, legumes, dairy products, nuts and seeds) instead of the traditional three big meals of the day. This way, blood sugar fluctuations are better avoided.
Every relaxation technique should be considered as a complement to the treatment of anxiety disorders. Whether choosing yoga, meditation, controlled breathing or visualization, find the technique that best suits you to better manage stress on a daily basis.