Good Zing: The Secrets to Curbing Anxiety

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We were proud to sponsor
 health and wellness website Good Zing a few weeks ago, in a London workshop on handling anxiety.

The event, called Curb Your Anxiety with Emotional Intelligence, opened with a meditation session and featured a panel discussion and Q&A session on simple ways to handling anxiety. Read below for some of the takeaways from the event.

Secrets to Curbing Anxiety Good Zing

Chloe Brotheridge
Hypnotherapist and founder of calmer-you.com. Her book ‘The Anxiety Solution: A Quieter Mind, A Calmer You’ is out on Feb 23rd.

• Question your thoughts, they aren’t facts. How would a wise and loving person help you to see your worries from a different perspective?
• Figure out how you want to feel and organise your life around it. If you want to feel calmer, what do you have to do to achieve that? Make it your priority, you are absolutely worthy of feeling good.
• What beliefs could be at the root of your anxiety? Things such as, ‘I’ll never be good enough’ or, ‘I must never make any mistakes’ can be things learned in childhood that still hold you back. Gather evidence why the opposite is true and remind yourself of new, positive beliefs you’d like to take on board like, ‘Everyone makes mistakes and that’s ok’.

 

Sara Jackson
Naturopath, nutritionist and a member of The British Association of Nutritional Therapists and the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council.

• Try to avoid processed and refined foods with long ingredients lists. They tend to contain hydrogenated vegetable oils, preservatives, sugar, emulsifiers and enhancers, some of which researchers have shown can trigger anxiety. Instead go for whole foods that come from nature, not a factory.
• Are you getting enough magnesium? Magnesium is required for over 300 different enzymatic processes around the body and while it nourishes your nervous system, it helps prevent anxiety, nervousness and irritability. Take more complex carbs like brown rice and oats which are rich in magnesium.
• It’s well known that omega-3s from fish oil are helpful to treat depression, but some studies suggest fish oil may be very effective against anxiety too, along with it’s main role in preventing against inflammation.

 

Dr Natalie Atere-Roberts
General Practitioner with special interests in women’s health, mental health and medical education.

• Don’t self medicate! When you’re feeling anxious, one of the easiest things to do is to reach for a coffee or a cigarette in the hope that it will destress you. Of course, you might feel better momentarily, but they will all make your anxiety so much worse in the long run.
• If you are on a waiting list for NHS counselling, have found private counselling too expensive or if face to face counselling just isn’t your thing, then try some online resources. There are some great websites providing cognitive behavioural therapy, information on anxiety and an online support community. Check out Moodgym and The Big White Wall online.
• A holistic approach to treating anxiety works best – addressing diet, increasing exercise, relaxation techniques and counselling. But part of this package may sometimes need to include medication alongside, particularly if your symptoms are severe. Needing medication is not a failing! You are simply correcting a chemical imbalance in your brain, which may then allow you to make other changes in your life to address the root cause of the problem.

Naomi Wright
Meditation teacher and life consultant who hosts meditation courses, workshops and retreats with her practice B.Elemental in London and internationally.

• Meditation works by soothing overactivity in the brain by engaging the valuable rest and recovery part of our nervous system. Don’t be put off trying meditation because you think your mind is too busy. It’s a myth that you have to completely silence your thoughts to be meditating ‘correctly’.
• According to Ayurvedic healing, diet can help bring the body back into balance and soothe the aggravation of anxiety. Try upping your intake of nourishing foods like soups and stews, swap caffeine for herbal teas and load up on good fats.
• Have a break from your digital devices and get outside. Take time to slow down, and connect with your natural surroundings. Simple but mindful changes like this can actually have a huge positive impact on your anxiety levels.

 

You can find many more health tips, ailments and articles for managing anxiety on Goodzing.com.

 

In health, and happiness,

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