Festive Season Anxiety

Important notice: This blog talks about short term mild anxiety. Contact your healthcare professional if your anxiety symptoms are severe or last more than two weeks. 

Quick tip: Take one of your Khapregesic tablets before you go out. Why? The answer is at the end of the blog…

Why do I feel so anxious?

The festive season is such a happy time. So why am I feeling so anxious?

I’m afraid to report that there’s actually a number of reasons, which is cold comfort when we’re ready to go out and the face the music… apart from those Christmas carols on repeat everywhere!

We can’t dismiss the effects of covid, being locked up and all that media hype! One minute there’s good news the next minute bad news.

Covid isolation was difficult at first, but the realisation that we were all in it together brought a strength of solidarity. The sudden stop to the merry-go-round of life at the start of covid brought a serenity and peace to our isolation. We discovered a new norm. A cocooned existence. Safe and secure.

This ‘coming out’ and now the fast approaching festive celebrations, have all the hallmarks of moving house or changing jobs – anxiety – stress – anxiety – stress!

Don’t be too hard on yourself if your social skills seem a bit rusty.

It’s actually normal to feel anxious under these conditions. Remember anxiety is natural when we’re faced with things we don’t do every day AND you’re not alone, over 2 million Australians and 40 million Americans experience anxiety in a normal year. Imagine the numbers now – you’re definitely not alone.  

Be kind to yourself.

Living through and beating anxiety means being kind to yourself. Learning more is a great step forward, so pat yourself on the back.

Recent research from the University of Louisville into mood and anxiety disorders says, “Anxiety can be defined as a prolonged state of apprehension brought on by an uncertain or unpredictable prospective threat.”

Here’s a quiz. What’s worse, a new strain of the Corona virus or a room full of people and tinsel? Tight call hey…

Relax, your anxiety is officially justified. 

Now let’s look for natural ways to ease it…

When we feel a bit run down or stressed, many of us start to eat better or take supplements. Some say anxiety is the ultimate stress, so lets see how diet can affect anxiety?

Dietary causes of anxiety and panic attacks

Researchers have identified three significant dietary contributors to anxiety and panic attacks especially for us women: serotonin deficiency, low vitamin B6 levels and low iron levels.

Why are women more likely to suffer from serotonin deficiency than men? There is evidence that female hormones interact with serotonin to cause anxiety symptoms which worsen during the premenstrual time, and around the time of menopause.

Video: Two Practitioners discuss Khapregesic® and anxiety.  Tap on the video to learn more.

Anxiety relief – foods and supplements where do I start?

Dr Urma Naidoo from the Harvard Medical School outlines many foods that can help. She says, “A diet rich in whole grains, vegetables, and fruits is a healthier option than eating a lot of simple carbohydrates found in processed foods.

When you eat is also important. Don’t skip meals when you feel anxious. Doing so may result in drops in blood sugar that cause you to feel jittery, which may worsen underlying anxiety.

When you feel particularly stressed and you know an anxiety attack is imminent, try to avoid certain foods. Unfortunately the comfort go-to’s of alcohol, caffeine and that sugar hit especially in a pastry or high-sugar chocolate can all heighten anxiety symptoms.

Is it possible to indulge and feel less anxious? 

Very recent advances in the knowledge around gut bacteria and their environment, known as the microbiome, gives us an insight into some of the dietary triggers for anxiety.

Vitamin supplements can create a healthy balance of bacteria in the body that can boost the body’s ability to cope with stress, improve overall mental health and bolster cognitive functioning.  

Staying active is important

It’s equally important to be active, to keep the blood flowing. With exercise the last thing on your mind, getting some fresh air on a half hour slow walk is a good idea. If you have to stay indoors, gentle stretching on a yoga mat for half an hour is also a good idea. After any activity, make sure you drink plenty of water and get plenty of rest for mind and body.

Stress reduction techniques

We must find time to reduce our stress levels. Meditation is great, but firstly, give yourself permission to relax into the meditative state. Most of us forget that. After meditating, curl up on the couch with your favourite podcast or Netflix series. You never know you may fall asleep!

What about immediate anxiety relief?

If you feel anxiety coming on, don’t panic (pun intended). It’s important to address the anxiety as soon as it occurs.

Remember earlier on we mentioned that one of the contributing factors to feeling anxious was low serotonin levels? Science tells us that over 90% of the body’s serotonin is produced in the gut. Our aim should be to look after our gut bacteria, this way our serotonin levels can increase naturally.

Like me if you’re looking for natural, fast acting anxiety relief, clinical testing of Khapregesic® has shown that 70% of patients had their anxiety levels reduced significantly and they all experienced better quality sleep.

So next time you feel anxiety coming on try one of your Khapregesic® tablets with a glass of water. Because it’s fast acting and long lasting, take it just before you go out and enjoy the festivities, you deserve it.

The makers of Khapregesic® BioActive Natural Health, source their botanical medicines from a sustainable Certified Organic Australian farm and process the tablets in an Australian TGA certified facility for your complete peace of mind. Buy Khapregesic® here.

Important notice: This blog talks about short term mild anxiety. Contact your healthcare professional if your anxiety symptoms are severe or last more than two weeks. 

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