New Delhi: The human brain works in mysterious ways. In simple terms, several factors can contribute to the brain’s dysfunction. This eventually leads to the development of mental disorders. According to the 2015 data by the WHO (World Health Organization), an estimate of people suffering from anxiety disorders globally was about 3.6 per cent. In recent times, it has become toilsome to put efforts into tending to every health issue individually. However, change is not possible until even the slightest bit of initiation is made. A great way to begin with tending to oneself is by being mindful about what one eats.
Foods to avoid to reduce anxiety
Research has proven that good food can have a significant psychological effect and it possesses the ability to alter the mood. This alteration can be both negative and positive. Some foods that you must steer clear of when feeling anxious are as follows:
- Caffeine: Although caffeine is a part of people’s morning routine, its consumption in anxiety can cause its aggravation. Therefore, it must always be consumed in moderation.
- Processed food: Most of these foods contain a high and unhealthy amount of added sugars and refined carbohydrates. This can trigger anxiety by adversely affecting the gut health.
- Alcohol: Alcohol can cause dehydration and can alter the level of neurotransmitters in the body. This can affect anxiety adversely.
- Fried food: A good digestive system can help to boost the mood. Fried foods can cause digestive issues and lead to an anxiety trigger.
- Fruit juice: Fruit juices contain a high amount of processed sugars, including glucose, fructose and sucrose. Along with an increased risk of rising unhealthy levels of blood sugar, it can also affect the mood and exacerbate anxiety.
Tips to reduce anxiety
Here are some common tips that you can follow to deal with anxiety:
- Exercise: Low to medium intensity exercises like walking, yoga, cycling can help boost the mood by distributing the focus to the physical body from the psychological body.
- Food: If food can affect the mood adversely, it can also do the otherwise. You can try eating foods such as yoghurt, bananas, dark chocolate, berries and nuts that may help boost your mood.
- Aromatherapy: Aromatherapy involves the use of aromatic oils and items to affect the sense organs of the body and have a cooling and calming effect on the body and the mind. This can further help in boosting the mood.
- Breathing exercises: The concept of breathing exercise includes inhaling and exhaling fresh air at a slow and stable rate to ease the body and calm down. You can carry breathing exercises for 5 -10 minutes.
Our mental health is as important as our physical health. We cannot and must not overlook any discomfort regarding our mental health as it can lead to the festering of the wound. Therefore, one must ensure practicing at least a few basic activities: getting sufficient sleep, staying active, eating right and staying hydrated.