Wellness Corner: Ways To Handle Your Anxiety
Dr. Dawn from Embrace Healing and Wellness shares her tips to help you be at your best!
Anxiety is the most common mental health disorder in the US with over 40 million people over the age of 18 suffering from some form of it today. That is 18.1% of the population…and that was BEFORE COVID-19!
So what can we do?
While we’re all familiar with feelings of worry, stress, and tension, there’s a significant difference between these emotions and the intensity of persistent, chronic anxiety. Anxiety disorders are defined as experiencing symptoms of overwhelming anxiety and stress to the extent that it interferes with one’s daily life and normal activities.
- General Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Panic disorder
- Social Anxiety Disorder
- Separation Anxiety
- Specific Phobias
How Functional Medicine Can Help
As the pharmaceutical route for treating anxiety disorders has varying and often vastly contrasting levels of success, there has been a recent upsurge of interest in functional and holistic treatments to soothe these symptoms.
Functional medicine treats anxiety by looking at the entire picture, taking into account the person’s overall mental, psychological, environmental, and emotional imbalances rather than attempting to merely treat the symptoms and briefly subdue discomfort of mental anguish. Understanding the root causes of your anxiety can better equip you to combat it.
- What does your anxiety look like?
- When does it happen?
- Why do you think this is?
- What can you do when this situation arises to prevent anxiety arising?
Finding out your WHY is just the first step of a long road of cultivating self-awareness and getting to know your anxiety. Accepting that it happens at certain times makes it easier to implement strategies to address these feelings.
Eat Your Stress Away: Healthy Eating Habits
A friend of mine recently told me that she feels like she’s putting on weight like a first-year college student during this high-anxiety time. I reminded her that foods such as caffeine, sugar, alcohol, gluten, and processed foods all FEED anxiety.
These foods are known to elevate levels of cortisol, which prepares the body for the ‘fight-or-flight’ anxiety response. They also inhibit proper digestion and absorption of food particles in the gut – a connection we now know to be pivotal regarding mental health issues.
One healthy action you can take to prevent the symptoms of anxiety from worsening is to ensure your diet is rich in foods that help to soothe stress hormones. These are foods such as:
Taking action with every meal is a great way to help ease yourself naturally out of the throes of anxiety. Because of COVID-19, many are offering free or low-cost stress-reducing services and apps. You can read more about those HERE. Remember YOU are in control of your anxiety!
*Meet the Author*
Dr. Dawn Yoshioka Eberly, D.C., CCSP, L.Ac believes in helping people optimize their wellness. As a Chiropractor and Acupuncturist, she looks for the root causes of your imbalance, whether you’re an athlete, a desk worker, or anyone in between. She also brings her years of training and passion for nutrition to her patients, educating them about whole foods and supplements to improve their health. Her private practice, Embrace Healing and Wellness, is located in West Los Angeles.
Favorite Quote: “I hope that in this year to come, YOU MAKE MISTAKES. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are: making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world.” –Neil Gaiman
Fun Facts: 1) I homeschool my two boys and love it! 2) The beach and ocean are where I’m the happiest 3) I love basketball, and I helped coach my oldest son at the same community center where I first learned!