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Foods for Anxiety and Stress

Foods for Anxiety and Stress Just as some foods can help to reduce anxiety and stress , so can others cause/contribute to it. Let us discuss one after another. Foods that Help with Anxiety and Stress When we discuss foods that reduce anxiety and stress , it’s important to note that there are different components that go into that. For example, did you know that hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) can cause panic attacks? This is because when your blood sugar is too low, it causes a stress response in your brain that increases adrenaline and cortisol. Therefore, we want foods that will not have a rapid impact on blood sugar. We also want foods that are known to stabilize mood and increase energy. Finally, foods rich in nutrients and antioxidants are important in reducing stress . Stay Hydrated One of the most important “foods” when discussing reducing stress with nutrition is actually a drink – water. Even slight dehydration can cause feelings of depression and anxiety . Therefore it’

Relaxation Techniques to Reduce Stress and Anxiety

Relaxation Techniques to Reduce Stress and Anxiety There are many different kinds of relaxation techniques for mental stress and anxiety and many people have their own way of dealing with the problem. Some listen to music, play sports, or even draw and paint just to relieve their anxiety and nervous tension and give themselves chance to relax for a little while. Then there are arts such as tai chi, reflexology, aromatherapy, massage therapy. Meditation is a popular and effective technique to try as is yoga. Exercise is one of the best ways to reduce or eliminate stress and hence anxiety. Stress creates energy that needs to be used. Exercise is the way to use it. The easiest place to start is with things like hot baths and deep breathing and then progress from there. Controlling your breathing is an easy effective technique. Deep slow breathing has a calming influence on your physiology and has been shown to be effective in reducing anxiety. Sit quietly in a comforta

Somatic Symptom Disorder: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatments

Somatic Symptom Disorder (Somatization Disorder) Somatic Symptom Disorder  (previously called  Somatoform Disorder  or  Somatization Disorder ), also known as the Briquet’s Disorder and in some cases, Hysteria (meaning frenzy or panic), is characterized by persistent complains of physical discomfort or malfunctioning without an identifiable physical symptom. Some of the most common complains are related to the head, abdomen, joints, chest, rectum and back and sufferers may also complain of functional difficulties such as altered menstrual cycles, inability to perform sexually and digestion related difficulties. Somatization Disorder is one of the commonest somatoform disorders (psychological distresses expressed in the form of physical symptoms) that have been identified by psychosomatic therapists. Up to 2% of adult females and 0.2% of adult males and a considerable number of children and adolescents are said to be suffering from this disorder throughout the world. In order to d