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Using mindfulness as a tool for anxiety

February 8, 2020

Anxiety – we have all experienced in some form or another. Some people experience it from time to time like when they have to public speak while others are in a constant state of anxiety. This can greatly disrupt an individual’s life and quality of life.

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Using mindfulness as a tool for anxiety


Anxiety – we have all experienced in some form or another. Some people experience it from time to time like when they have to public speak while others are in a constant state of anxiety. This can greatly disrupt an individual’s life and quality of life.

Anxiety can stem from a multitude of reasons such as:

-preexisting health condition such as diabetes and hyper/hypothyroidism

-drug or alcohol abuse

-withdrawal

But those are just the physical. A lot of it can stem from the psychological such as stress from:

-a relationship

-money

-health concerns

-work

-etc.

As well as other habits like:

-diet – lack of protein, deficient in key minerals like iron and magnesium and lack of essential fatty acids

-lack of sleep

The main issue is that being in an anxious state can wreak havoc elsewhere in our bodies. I know from personal experience, that my digestive system definitely takes a hit through periods of high stress. It’s important that we take the essential diet and lifestyle steps in order to support our nervous system to decrease instances of anxiety and/or ensure our body is more prepared.

Avoid

-sugar and alcohol

-coffee and caffeinated teas

-smoking

-food sensitivities

-refined and processed foods and carbohydrates

Love

-protein – ensure you are getting all your essential amino acids in animal-based proteins and/or combining plant-based proteins

-water

-fiber

-probiotic rich foods and a probiotic supplement

-B Complex

-Vitamin D3

-Fish oil

-and other supplements (speak to a health care professional before taking supplements)

-sleep

-exercises

-sunlight

-counseling support

-mindfulness 

When you hear the mindfulness you may think of meditation and creating this perfect space with music and a meditation pillow. However, the idea of mindfulness does not just pertain to meditation but is something that you can pretty much do at any point during your day!

All you have to do is simply bring attention to what it is that you are doing in the present moment instead of thinking about something you did and things that you need to get done.

It can be as simple as:

  • thinking about the work that you are currently doing
  • focus on the cleaning or laundry folding that you are currently doing
  • focusing on the song you are listening to
  • to driving and your surroundings
  • to what you are actually doing in your workout
  • focus on what you are cooking
  • reading a book
  • play with your dog
  • the outdoors around you while you are on a walk or simply just focusing on how you are putting one foot in front of the other!

If you want to bring your attention a little more inward, here are some things you can do to increase your mindfulness:

  • do a seated meditation
  • do some light stretching or yoga
  • practice deep breathing
  • gratitude journal or journalling in general
  • listen to some music

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