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“What Can I Do…”

Sunday, July 13, 2008

…To Make Me Calm Down?

  • Drink sweet, milky drinks – they contain a substance called tryptophan, which stimulates the production of seratonin, which calms the mind
  • Cut down on stimulants such as tea, coffee, colas and chocolate
  • Limit alcohol intake: in small doses it may reduce anxiety; in larger amounts it can make the problem worse. During the withdrawal phase, 6 to 12 hours after heavy drinking, when blood sugar levels are low, people are particularly prone to anxiety attacks
  • Eat regularly, aiming for a healthy diet that includes plenty of vitamin B – from foods such as meat, eggs, cheese, nuts and green leafy vegetables.
  • Take regular physical exercise

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. After a stressful event, the anxiety will usually go away. But when it persists beyond an event or interferes with your daily life or relationships, it becomes a problem. It can lead to insomnia or panic attacks, or may develop into depression, an obsession or phobia.

Simple home remedies

  • Try learning simple relaxation and breathing techniques from self help tapes or DVDs.
  • Take regular exercise to help you to relax and sleep better.
  • Join a yoga or meditation class.
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