When anxiety strikes, a part in our brain called the amygdale switches on because it thinks we are in danger and wants to protect us. It prepares us to either run away from danger or gets us ready to fight it, this is known as ‘Fight or Flight’ response. Our body is quickly flooded with hormones, oxygen and adrenaline to prepare our body to either run or fight. As the amygdale can’t distinguish between something like a new job or an exam from something more dangerous like a fall or being attacked so the hormones and adrenaline build up in your body which makes the following happen:-
- As your breathing changes you feel more breathless and your face may become flushed.
- Your heartbeat increases to pump the oxygen round your body which can make your heart race and feeling sick.
- If you don’t fight or flee, the oxygen increases making you feel confused and dizzy.
- Your muscles tense up in your arms and legs as your body gets ready to fight or flee.
- To prepare your body for running away, your body cools down by sweating to stop you from overheating.
- You feel nauseous and get butterflies in your stomach and lose your appetite due to your body using the fuel to power your arms and legs rather than digesting food.
Your body is amazing at looking after you when you are in danger even if it’s not sure what the danger is.
For some people feelings of anxiety last a long time and way past the event that caused the anxiety in the first place. In fact 15% of the UK is affected by anxiety and 1 in 5 people feel anxious a lot of the time and half feel more anxious than they used to (1). Children too are affected with 1 in 8 aged 8-15 reporting symptoms of mental health (1). Frightening figures but understandable due to the amount of pressure put on children at school to achieve. I see teenagers as clients who are anxious or depressed due to the demands put on them by schools.
As well as events that can cause anxiety, certain foods can play a part in making us feel more anxious.
The following foods are best at keeping your mood stable and not triggering mood swings and provide a good mix of vitamins and nutrients:-
- Tea (Green or Herbal are best and remember de caff if possible)
Being a Registered Nutritionist (aligned to medicine), I can advise on the best foods to include in your diet as well as helping you identify foods that can highlight your anxiety, making small changes can make a big difference. I also strongly believe in the mind-body connection and that beliefs and negative thoughts are installed in us from a young age often without us knowing. I use a number of tools to help unlock those negative beliefs which are stopping you from being the relaxed, calm person you want to be.
I offer One to One Sessions as well as a NLP De Stress course, over 5 sessions, which have had great feedback. I can help you with a number of simple exercises and tools to use easily in every day situations and start to help you learn to think differently, to help you feel more relaxed, calm and better about yourself.
Life only comes around once so important to let go off the past and embrace the present.