|We’re currently living through something of an anxiety epidemic. Severe and chronic anxiety affects more than 12 per cent of Canadians every year, according to the Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada. Many people experience some level of anxiety at some point in their lifetime.
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Thrive, Even When You Have Anxiety
Anxiety isn’t going to go away anytime soon. The task for those of us with the condition is to find ways to thrive in spite of it. Is there anything we can do to overcome the limitations that moderate to severe anxiety can have on us and live our lives to the fullest? Let's consider some options.
Although people with anxiety disorders tend to read things to do with anxiety itself, it can sometimes be helpful to lose yourself in something entirely unrelated. Reading an engaging book can help to slip into another world, distract your attention, and remove unwanted feelings. Try to find something that is inspiring and helpful to your future. What about reading a book on investing? Or cooking?
Learn To Meditate
Meditation has been used for thousands of years to calm the mind. But how it works precisely remained a bit of a mystery until recently. It turns out that people who regularly meditate have different brain wave patterns. Most of us are in a constant state of alertness, ready to face the challenges of the day. But scientists have found that people who meditate remain in a different “delta” brainwave state for longer than people who don’t. This “delta” state is characterized by low levels of stress and high levels of openness, as well as relaxation.
If you haven’t tried meditation before, there are plenty of places you can go online to find out more about it. Start with just 15 minutes per day and work your way up if you find it helpful.
Supplement Your Diet
Although pharmaceutical companies like to push the latest anti-anxiety medications on the public, there’s growing evidence that particular plants have medicinal properties equal to or greater than the official pharmaceutical offerings. If you decide to supplement your diet, make sure you read online dispensary reviews. These will tell you whether you’re getting supplements from a reputable supplier.
Stop Eating Pro-Inflammatory Junk
It’s no secret that foods high in sugar and fat cause inflammation in the body. Sugar and fat, when not packaged up in whole plant foods (like fruit and nuts) cause the body to release inflammatory chemical messengers which can inflame and, over time, damage sensitive tissues around the body.
Inflammation can affect the brain too. Inflamed minds think less clearly, suffer more “brain fog” and are generally less happy than their non-inflamed counterparts. Douse the inflammation by avoiding animal foods (yes, meat and dairy are both proinflammatory), and eating more beans, nuts, whole grains and greens. You should notice the difference in just a couple of weeks.
Cut Work Out Of Your Evenings
Do you take your work home with you? If you do, you could be setting yourself up for increased experiences of anxiety. People can cope with stress for up to eight hours a day, but not all day, every day. Leave work where it belongs: in the office.
How do you thrive even when you experience anxiety? Share in the comments below!
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