So many people I see are missing out the obvious steps to reducing stress and anxiety and better health that I am prompted to issue some simple pleas.
One at a time so they sink in.
It’s just so sad to see people suffering unnecessarily when a few easy steps would set the foundations to recovery – without complex therapy or huge changes.
Gently be Simple Plea 1
Before you say this is laughably obvious – trust me, it’s not. Three clients this week just weren’t eating normally at all.
We seem to get more information blogged at us about what to eat (and not to eat) than encouragement to have a healthy attitude to eating itself.
We need food! Our thoughts and feelings are made from our food!
If you want to reduce anxiety, stress, low feelings then don’t skip meals and expect to feel good; don’t go without food all day and then just have dinner. Don’t substitute sugary drinks for times when you should eat. Find solid stuff you can see, bite, chew, taste and enjoy. If you are going to have a day that requires lots of energy then EAT enough to provide the fuel.
EAT often enough to avoid energy highs and lows that affect your mood.
If you start feeling low, cross, dizzy, vague, anxious and it’s a while since you’ve eaten – there’s a clue! Find something to EAT!
If you wake up in the middle of the night and your brain starts having a negative thinking fest all of it’s own, the odds are your blood sugar is low. Go and find a little something to EAT.
If you have panic attacks, go and find a small snack to EAT the minute you feel the anxiety rising.
Of course it’s true that the balance of what you are eating, the nutrients in your food, can also affect your mood, but let’s make sure first that a reasonable pattern of EATING is actually happening; for many people this can be a leap forward to improvement; the refinements can come later.