Anxiety is characterized by impatience, poor concentration, a feeling of helplessness, irritability, being tense and restless. Anyone can experience this occasionally but frequently it can be deadly to your health. Some of the symptoms of anxiety are chest tightness, indigestion, dry mouth, fatigue, sweating and headache.
The Problem: When stressed, anxious or depressed, your adrenal glands work overtime and your body has an increased need for certain vitamins and minerals. That is why you need to restore the nervous system with the B vitamins and vitamin C, which are rapidly depleted under stress. These deficiencies can lead to anxiety, irritability, restlessness, fatigue and emotional instability. Several of these supplements can be obtained from a good multivitamin supplement.
The Products: Some supplements that can help with stress.
- Vitamin B: A positive effect (50 to 100 mg) on the nervous system by stabilizing the body’s lactate levels, which are responsible for various anxiety attacks. During high stress take extra B5 (pantothenic acid), up to 1,000 mg.
- Vitamin C: Plays a pivotal role in the proper functioning of brain chemistry and adrenal glands. Large doses (2,000 to 4,000 mg) will have a tranquilizing effect that decreases anxiety.
- Vitamin E: It helps in transport of oxygen to the brain.
- Trace minerals: Are excellent for anxiety such as zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and selenium.
- Calcium and Magnesium: Helps to prevent nervous tension. Calcium is a natural tranquilizer and magnesium aids in the relief of muscle spasms and nervousness.
The Practical: Suggestions to consider.
- Exercise: Improves your mood, increases self-confidence and lowers symptoms associated with mild depression and anxiety. It helps your sleep, which can be disrupted by stress, depression and anxiety. It also pumps up your endorphins, your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters. Although this function is often referred to as a runner’s high, tennis or nature hikes can contribute to this same feeling. It helps you to forget about your frustrations and focus on your body’s movements. The focus on a single task (with renewed energy and optimism) can help you remain calm and clear in everything that you do.
- Reading: Something inspirational and encouraging with a calming effect. My personal favorites for this are Psalms and poetry. Find a quiet comfortable place to relax.
- Meditation: Time to reflect on things after you read or while taking a peaceful walk.
- Acceptance: Learn not to worry about things you cannot control. Some things I just leave in God’s hands and move forward.
The Plan: Personal ways to reduce and manage stress.
- Analyze: The areas you are facing stress. Be honest with yourself and do not pretend that problems don’t exist.
- Assess: What can you do to improve those situations? Do not fall into the trap of feeling that things can’t change. Try to remain positive and realize that things don’t have to stay the same.
- Action: Develop a plan, follow through with it and don’t put it off.
You can successfully manage your stress and enjoy life more.
By Kurt LaCapruccia, DR Vitamin Solutions