15 Reasons Why You’re an Anxious Moody Wreck

Be Happy – The Anxiety Secrets You Need to Know...

Step 1. Select Which Type of Anxiety You Suffer With

Before you decide you have to shove anti-anxiety drugs down your throat consider this:

1. You Don’t Eat Your Damn Fish… There’s stuff found in fish called omega-3 fatty acids. Omega what? Don’t worry about what they are, just know your brain is made up of two thirds of fatty acids. Without omega-3’s your brain can’t rebuild and maintain itself…and mood disorders kick in. Salmon for dinner?

2. You’re A Vampire… Are you allergic to light? Well try getting outdoors once in a while. The bottom line is this: when you don’t get enough light, many of your brain chemicals which influence good mood and cognitive functioning diminish. And no, regular lamps and bulbs don’t count. Exposure to 20 to 30 minutes of bright sunlight a day can make a world of difference.

3. You’re In Sleep Dept… Those bags under your eyes, they’re a clue. A clue you aren’t getting enough shut-eye. Lack of sleep accumulates, as do its effects. There’s not one person who doesn’t feel less anxious and happier after a few good night’s sleep. Shoot for at least 7 hours a night. Studies show that after subjects had recovered their sleep debt, mood, levels of calmness, and energy levels are massively improved.

4. You Have No Finger Nails Left… Living in a state of constant stress drains vital hormones and hammers your Central Nervous System. When this happens you can find yourself in a state of Adrenal Fatigue. And when this happens you become more snappy and may suffer outbursts of anger, you worry more, silly things get under your skin and irritate you, depression and anxiety increase – you become more emotionally unstable. Perhaps time for a new job?

5. You Don’t Manage Your Stress… Yes, stress an unavoidable part of life. How you handle it massively influence how it effects you. By exercising, eating healthfully and getting adequate rest your ability to tolerate stress becomes improved. Ok, keep the job then.

6. You’re Sponsored By Dunkin Doughnut… Over-consumption of bad fats causes havoc with many people’s brain chemistry. These fats include hydrogenated fats, trans fats, and omega-6 fats. Fried foods, processed foods, bakery foods, chocolate, margarine, safflower oil, sunflower, corn oil, sesame oil, peanuts — your taste bud thinks they’re awesome, your brain doesn’t. Screw your taste buds.

7. You Don’t Relax Enough… Just chill. Seriously, learn to unwind. Listen to some calming music, catch a power nap, go for a walk in the park – anything, just learn to unplug and relax for a while. When you do your nervous system has a chance to catch it’s breath.

8. You’re a Time Management Dummy… Guess what? Rushing around like a headless chicken won’t help you get things done quicker. Organize yourself. Get a dairy. Block your day out. Plan your time. Stick to it. Still not enough time? Well guess what buddy… there’s only 24 hours in a day. Cut your commitments. Something got to give, don’t let it be your health.

9. You’re an Idle Idiot… You sit on your tush all day in front of your computer, then go home and sit slob around in front TV. Well done for totally ignoring your “hunter-gatherer” genes which have evolved over millions of years, which means exercise is a vital part of our healthy functioning. This includes functioning of your brain and all it’s neuro-chemicals….Is it any coincidence that since the war people have become more sedentary, and at the same time mood disorders have risen, in almost direct relation? Studies have shown that people born after 1950 are ten to 20 times more likely to suffer from mood disorders. Overwhelming anecdotal and scientific evidence shows that those who exercise are less depressed and anxious than those who don’t. Get off your butt, go for a brisk walk.

10. You’re a Sugar Addict… Think diabetes is the only thing you can get from eating too much sugar? Think again amigo. Eat too much crap on a regular basis and you’ll develop hypoglycaemia (different to hyperglycaemia). The symptoms of hypoglycaemia are suspiciously similar to that of anxiety. Do yourself a favour, cut the soft drinks, refined breads, processed foods, breakfast cereals, diet bars, pizzas and the like – they’re chock full of refined sugars and carbohydrates.

11. You Think Protein is Only for Body Builders… Proteins supply the raw materials for feel-good brain chemicals. Don’t eat enough protein and your mood and anxiety will worsen. Fish, shellfish, chicken and other poultry, eggs, cottage cheese, lean pork, lean beef, skim milk, nuts, legumes and beans — eat them

12. Your Breath Stinks… Every time you consume caffeine your own natural abilities to produce feel-good chemicals are reduced, so you need even more caffeine. Caffeine increases activity of the sympathetic nervous system, causing the release of adrenaline which can trigger feelings of anxiety and panic. Caffeine reactions in some people are identical to symptoms of anxiety and panic: fuzzy thinking, rapid heartbeat, shakiness, tingling in the fingers and toes, light- headedness. It’s not uncommon for such people to be prescribed anti-anxiety medication, when all along the symptoms were triggered by caffeine intake. Cut down on the coffee, tea and cola. You’ll have less anxiety and better smelling breath. Yay.

13. Fruit and Veg, What?…. You know those funny shaped colorful things in the that you never buy. Fruit and vegetables are packed full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytonutrients which your body and brain depends on. There are a number of anxiety-related reasons why you should try to get your five pieces a day, not least because of their powerful antioxidant properties. Oxidation of brain cells can lead to a number of neurological and psychiatric conditions, including anxiety disorders.

14. Your Gut’s Been Invaded… Candida is an often unrecognized cause of anxiety. The vicious circle is usually triggered by stress which increases a bad bacteria called Enterococci. This causes Candida to rapidly increase. The result: “the most common symptoms are abdominal bloating, anxiety, constipation, diarrhea, depression, environmental sensitivities, fatigue, food sensitivities, fuzzy thinking, insomnia, low blood sugar, mood swings, premenstrual syndrome, vaginal or bladder infections, and ringing in the ears.” (Digestive Wellness, by Elizabeth Lipski.) Try eating some natural live yoghurt.

15. You’re A Miserable Old Grump… Anxious people have higher levels of negative mood. When you are happy, suddenly anxiety isn’t such an issue. Simple solution – do stuff that makes you happy. Book that meal at the restaurant, plan that trip abroad, spend more time with family, whatever… just have some fun. Else, what’s the point!

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One Response to “15 Reasons Why You’re an Anxious Moody Wreck”

Jen said on August 20, 2009:

This all makes sense.

I guess the closest thing to what I am experiencing is #14. I get abdominal bloating, anxiety, diarrhea, depression, environmental sensitivities, fatigue, food sensitivities, fuzzy thinking, insomnia, mood swings, premenstrual syndrome, and ringing in the ears. I will try eating some natural live yogurt, and reducing my stress level.

Thanks a lot. Very helpful.

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