Hypnotherapy and Diet Help for Anxiety and Panic Attacks
From time to time we all worry and can feel a little nervous about the future; upcoming interviews, making a speech, exams, hospital appointments, paying bills and so on. However, anxiety disorders are different and can be wholly incapacitating when worry and fear seem constant and you think there’s no way you’ll ever feel normal again, which can lead to depression and hopelessness.
Don’t despair, there is so much help available.
If you have an anxiety disorder you’ll certainly experience some and occasionally all of the following symptoms:
1 Feelings of uneasiness, fear, and panic
3 Clammy feet or hands
4 Numbness or tingling in fingers and toes
5 Shortness of breath
6 Heart palpitations
9 Tension in muscles
10 Headache and dizziness
11 Moments of overwhelming panic where you feel like you’re blacking out or dying
The thing to remember is you are not alone because help and support are available.
What causes anxiety and panic attacks?
Triggers for anxiety and panic attacks are varied, ranging from sudden shocks and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) to chronic lifestyle induced anxiety such as growing up in an abusive environment; mid-life crises; menopause; experiencing harrowing events; and quite commonly among younger people, psychosis-induced anxiety resulting from drug effects, particularly hallucinogens like Ecstasy, magic mushrooms or LSD (‘bad trips’).
With a predominantly psychological foundation there are also physiological and dietary factors that can improve or exacerbate a sufferer’s condition.
For example, did you know that patients suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) are more prone to mood-related disorders where general anxiety disorder can be 5 times higher for IBS sufferers than in the general population and with IBS 5 times more likely in anxiety patients than mentally healthy people. This, like insomnia can also be a self-perpetuating cycle where worry and stress triggers IBS symptoms which can increase stress levels.
You are what you eat
First things first, and before addressing any underlying psychological issues which hypnotherapy can help with, I make sure your diet and lifestyle are not adding to your symptoms.
If that describes you, I do not recommend you going cold-turkey, but I do recommend a disciplined approach to eating some very helpful foods while gradually weaning yourself into a healthier lifestyle.
Ditch the Drugs
Anxiety medications are risky at best, and downright dangerous at worst. They are often given out as fast-fix mood suppressants or to sedate people with insomnia without giving a proper diagnosis. Using drugs masks the symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks without addressing the root cause. Common side effects of these drugs include:
1 Low blood pressure
2 Decreased sex drive/libido
3 Nausea Lack of coordination
5 Violent outbursts
8 Clouded or fuzzy thinking
9 Decreased IQ
10 Heart problems etc.
You are what you eat, so start eating healthily
The link between diet and overall health is so important. Good bacteria in your gut can help normalise your mood with 95% of the mood-controlling hormone serotonin located in your gut which communicates with the brain via the vagus nerve. Worrying can cause a physical reaction in our stomach (“butterflies”) and conversely, research shows it can work the other way around so if your gut isn’t happy, your mood will be negatively impacted too.
That’s why I emphasise a nutritious and varied diet as a key component of any hypnotherapy or other intervention I may recommend for anxiety and panic attacks. Not only does it taste great but the discipline of cooking something delicious using fresh ingredients from scratch takes the focus off your worries and onto something positive.
Here’s some key ingredients for starters to get your taste buds stimulated.
Calcium rich foods: such as dairy products, kale, spinach, broccoli, sesame seeds and kelp will help your body maintain a regular heart rate during panic attacks. Calcium helps brain and central nervous system health, supporting your parathyroid gland so it functions as it should.
Vitamin B6: top sources include avocados, walnuts, brown rice, sunflower seeds, eggs, poultry, potatoes, broccoli and whole-grains. B vitamins help regulate the central nervous system function supporting healthy hormone development essential for coping with anxiety and stress.
Zinc and Magnesium: Choose fish, dark leafy greens, black beans, lentils, mushrooms, pumpkin seeds, dried fruit, bananas, alfalfa sprouts. Optimum zinc and magnesium intake helps counter irritability, anxiety and depression.
Wholegrains: Pastas and breads made with wholegrains have complex carbohydrates which increase serotonin in your brain for a calming effect throughout the body.
Omega-3 fatty acids: If you like mackerel or wild salmon and other fish high in Omega-3s you’re okay. If you don’t like fish, try supplements from your health food store that you can swallow and stomach easily. Great for your joints too.
My hypnotherapy sessions introduce clients to specialist techniques and new approaches to relaxation as well as identifying and removing triggers that may cause anxiety, resolving problems which cause panic and stress, and which aim to eliminate future panic attacks.
I know many people struggle in making the first move for a helping hand. But please don’t delay if you are suffering with the pain of anxiety and panic attacks. I can help you get back on track, so please contact me for a friendly chat.
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