Specialising in helping clients to stop anxiety we start by looking into the issue of C.A.T.S! Not the furry type but the chemical type. C.A.T.S. stands for caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, sugar and sweeteners.
The body responds to these substances in various ways, but they all impact in the physical symptoms of anxiety. By changing your intake symptoms can be reduced significantly.
Avoiding caffeine may be obvious if you feel jittery or over stimulated. Research has demonstrated that out-of-the-blue panic tends to be triggered by caffeine consumption. People who are worriers, who may have generalised anxiety are typically tense, and their tension levels will increase with he intake of caffeine due to its effect on the nervous system. Caffeine also impacts on social anxiety disorder symptoms of flushing, sweating and shakiness. People vary widely in their tolerance to caffeine so if you keep track of your changes in mood, tension and anxiety after consumption you will quickly find your limit and can change your intake accordingly. Create an awareness then you can choose what is best for you.
Alcohol is often used as a way to reduce stress, handle fear, and avoid unpleasant emotional states. Although alcohol may temporarily help people relax, it is actually a profound anxiety-causing agent. When it is eliminated from the body, detoxified by your liver, alcohol actually leaves nerves in an agitated state. Often people are awakened during the middle of the night and can not get back to sleep as they feel agitate. If you are not able to stop drinking alcohol altogether, if it can be restricted to earlier in the evening it can be detoxified from the body before you go to bed helping with your quality of sleep and reducing anxiety.
While the act of ‘going for a smoke’ may bring the smoker a space for calm or separation from stress, tobacco increases anxious feelings. Sensations of dizziness, tingling, shortness of breath or the nagging worries of health concerns increase feelings of anxiety. Smokers may feel a decrease in anxiety in the moment, but it increases afterwards. Often people stop panic attacks and greatly reduce anxiety when they stop smoking. Tracking emotions helps to identify levels of anxiety, while deep breathing helps to reduce stress and the need for cigarettes.
Sugars & Sweeteners impact on the blood sugar levels and body chemistry. Many people with anxiety are very sensitive to physical symptoms of change in their bodies and pay more attention than others might. The rapid rise and fall of blood sugar levels, caused by the intake of simple sugars, cause symptoms much like anxiety. Chemical or alternative sweeteners, such as aspartame, have been shown in studies to have a connection with an increased feeling of anxiety. Its good to keep track of anxiety levels so you can adapt your intake to avoid anxiety.
Good luck in creating change and reclaiming your power to live the life you love.
Information taken from “The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques” Margaret Wehrenberg available with free delivery on books at www.strategies4life.com.au