Reduce the Risk for Anxiety and Panic Attacks – Is the Fight or Flight Response Draining You of Energy?
Are you dealing with exhaustion, fatigue and feelings of malaise on a regular basis?
High levels of anxiety and frequent panic attacks could be to blame.
Many people who experience the unusual sensations associated with panic disorder soon learn that the physical effects of the adrenaline boost experienced during a heightened state of anxiety can take their toll on their energy levels.
Anxiety is simply a response to a danger or threat, and we all experience varying levels of anxiety throughout our day based on what our brain and body is sensing is happening to us.
We’re all equipped to experience the ‘fight or flight’ response automatically when faced with some sort of danger. Unfortunately, people who experience anxiety and panic attacks on a regular basis get this rush of adrenaline far too often, leaving their bodies drained of energy.
Does this sound familiar?
When your body is constantly in a ‘crisis’ mode, it can be very difficult to have enough energy to do much else. You might feel emotionally and physically exhausted on a daily basis, or you might become very sensitive to people and situations.
Fortunately, there are ways you can get out of this malicious cycle. Identifying the bodily triggers of your anxiety or a panic attack is the first step. Next, you need to work on processing the bodily sensations so the fear around those sensations is removed.
In my book Panic Away, I share some specific strategies that can help you end the fear of fear and take control of your body. You learn how to process the anxiety so you’re harnessing the energy and won’t feel so exhausted each time you go through the cycle.
There will come a point when you can observe and embrace your panic attacks fully, enabling you to stop the cycle of fear.
Reduce the Risk for Anxiety and Panic Attacks – Reducing Anxiety with Your Diet
You already know the health mantra, “you are what you eat” but eating healthy isn’t just for people that want to lose weight or increase energy.
Your diet has an effect on your central nervous system. Certain types of foods and beverages can increase your heart rate, make you sweat and even make you feel lethargic. If you’re not getting the right types of nutrients, your body may not be able to cope with stress and certain bodily functions can even break down.
Most people eat a very acidic diet, a diet that can exaggerate anxiety and trigger a number of health problems. In order to bring your body back into balance, you need to maintain an alkaline balance in the food you eat.
I explain this in more detail in my book Panic Away. Basically, foods that contain a significant amount of salt, sugar, hydrogenated oils and unhealthy fats can lower your body’s resistance to stress and disease. Eating foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables help raise your resistance.
For optimum balance, you need to aim for an 80 percent alkaline diet. Load up on fruits and raw vegetables and healthy sources of protein so that these foods become a staple of your diet.
You’ll soon find that your body becomes stronger and you have more energy. This means lower levels of fatigue and stress throughout the week, which in turn means a lower risk of anxiety.
If you feel you are not prepared to make major changes to your diet, then you should as very least eliminate caffeine and alcohol from your diet. Doing that alone can significantly reduce feelings of general anxiety.
Lastly drink plenty of fresh water daily. I have found that not only does regular intake of water ward off any subtle feelings of anxiety, but it is also incredibly useful for building stamina and avoiding fatigue.
Give this some real consideration. Simply increasing the amount of fresh water you drink is a very easy step to incorporate into your daily routine. Most of us fall short of consuming the recommended amount.
You should regularly take stock of your dietary habits and make some significant changes. Try it for just a few weeks and notice the difference you feel.
For more tips to reduce the risk for anxiety and panic attacks, watch these 2 videos –
Barry Joe McDonagh
By Barry McDonagh, who is an international panic disorder coach. He created the Panic Away program to help people around the world deal with their anxiety and avoid panic attacks – a subject that he is personally attuned to because he himself found that he was prone to these issues since he was young. His hatred of his powerless lead him down the path of finding natural ways to treat himself without having to depend on expensive medications.
His informative site on all issues related to panic and anxiety attacks can be found here: Anxiety Self-Help – How to Reduce the Risk for Anxiety and Panic Attacks?