4. No, Do NOT Sit & Meditate.
Ok, I see the quick drop of a line "try meditation" as an advice on many forums for anxiety. Now to be clear, I'm obsessed with mediation mostly because I know just how so very helpful it was for me in my darkest hours. BUT with that said, I do not recommend your typical sitting meditation.
We know meditation really helps though, a 2013 study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that meditation had a beneficial effect on anxiety and improved stress reactivity when faced with a stressful challenge. (1)
For us who tend to be anxious, we got that way by suppressing a TON of emotion and that emotion is all pent up in different parts of our body. So I recommend one type of meditation, Active Meditation.
This type of meditation allows you to get those repressed emotions out. It may seem weird at first, but I'm telling you it is a game changer (as much as I hate that phrase - it is!)
You can find some active meditations on youtube, type in "osho active meditation."
5. Say No to Power Yoga.
I'm being a tiny bit dramatic here, but my sentiment is sincere. Again I see a lot of advice to do yoga for those suffering with anxiety and/or depression.
Now at face value yes, take up yoga. Getting your body moving on any level will for sure be a good thing.
After all it's shown to work for anxiety in the research. (2) BUT! I've taken ALOT of yoga classes and about 99% of them were not true yoga, they were some version of power yoga or simply deluded to a mere exercise routine.
If you take a yoga class that has been distilled down to an exercise, it actually can make the anxiety worse or make no dent at all.
This is because most yoga is taught as another thing to do, to achieve and poses to master. A legit yoga session will actually take you to your true center.
There you'll get to experience who you are, the true you, under the anxiety, under all the self expectations, all the struggling. And that experience is life changing for anxiety issues.
So I'd find a teacher that learned from a true master or guru, someone who has really been immersed in spiritual exploration.
6. Do a Full Detox.
The research shows us that there's a clear connection between psychology, physiology, behavior and diet. A poor diet, lacking vital nutrients can cause anxiety, nervousness and a yoyo effect on blood sugar. Also the more weight you gain, the more toxins you will retain.
This means it's harder to push out the certain toxic compounds like heavy metals that can cause brain disturbances.
Eating a diet full of anti-inflammatory food or doing a really great detox can really help with anxiety. Not only do you push out some toxins, you also balance hormones, begin to heal the gut lining (which has been shown to be linked to psychological issues if you have a "leaky gut") and reduce chronic inflammation.
So basically eat more green leafys, fresh berries, unrefined grains, avocado, coconut, nuts and seeds - and limit coffee and alcohol. Get my free formula for making the ultimate detox smoothie here.
Research shows us that eating foods with a high glycemic index can contribute to anxiety and depression. Sugar and refined carbohydrates will give you blood sugar highs and lows throughout the day, increasing anxiety and the feeling of fatigue. (3)
In fact doing a detox was my very first step back towards reclaiming my life from anxiety, panic and depression.
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