Diet and Mood
Many people don’t realize that what they eat can affect their mood.
Before making any changes to your diet, it is best to consult your doctor in case you have any underlying conditions that may be affected by the food you eat.
Foods That Trigger Anxious Feelings
Caffeine, alcohol, and sugary drinks
Highly processed foods that contain a lot of hidden sugar
Choose Foods to Avoid Anxiety
A holistic approach that includes professional help where needed (dietary, medical, mental, physical) and self-motivated positive lifestyle changes is a good idea.
Aim for a diet that includes plenty of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats.
Reduce the consumption of processed and sugary foods.
Drink plenty of water.
This type of diet reduces the blood-sugar spikes which can negatively affect your mood.
Lifestyle Changes to help manage anxiety
In addition to diet, exercise causes feelings of wellness and meditation creates calm. Find an exercise and meditative practice that you enjoy.
Social contact is important too, especially being part of a group that gives back and helps others. Studies show this type of social contact makes people feel happier.
Positive lifestyle changes including a healthy diet may reduce anxious thoughts and contribute to feelings of well-being. It’s empowering to know that we can choose certain behaviors that will help us cope with stressful situations.