Lifestyle changes are a surefire way to overcome anxiety. Your diet has a huge impact on both your physical and mental health. If you’re suffering from a lack of focus and anxiety, you may want to examine your eating habits and start cutting down on foods that have a negative effect on your mental health. The average modern diet consists of a huge amount of fats and unhealthy sugars, which certainly contribute to your existing anxiety problems. These foods also make it very hard for you to cope with stress.
However, a diet consisting of a lot of unhealthy sugars will definitely cause feelings that can trigger anxiety attacks or make your anxiety symptoms worse.
In 2008, a study conducted by the department of psychology of Princeton University found that rats who ate a lot of sugar quickly and then fasted afterwards started displaying anxiety, it is therefore recommended that you not consume foods high in sugar if you’re suffering from anxiety.
Nevertheless, the first thing that you have to understand when it comes to foods high in sugar is that they do not cause anxiety, but the fact that sugar is a not a calming food, but instead makes you hyper, it can make the anxiety seem worse and prevent feelings of calmness.
Caffeine is another food that you should definitely stop consuming if you suffer from anxiety. It may be hard to do this, but if you can’t completely stop drinking beverages that contain it (tea, coffee, energy drinks, sodas), then at least try cutting down on them as much as possible.
So, what should you to combat anxiety?
Well, first of all, you will need to start eating healthier. A healthy diet will ensure an easier battle with anxiety and stress. Remember that you don’t have to alter your diet drastically. Simply cutting down on refined sugars and caffeine will do the trick.
Andrea Stewart Roa, M.S.
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