Preventing Anxiety Attacks: Eat, Avoid, Train, Assert
Anxiety attacks choose no one, It can happen to happy and perfectly normal people of all ages including children. Many cases of anxiety attacks just come out of the blue, or happen without any logical, clear apparent reason. It may occur while you are relaced during the day and even while asleep. Still, there are several ways on how to prevent anxiety attacks.
Learn about Anxiety…
Understanding how anxiety affects the body as well as the mind can go a long way in your effort to prevent attacks. Read articles about anxiety and other psychological disorders that are related to it. Learn what are the things you should watch out for, things you should avoid, and practices you should do in case of an attack.
Avoid unnecessary stressors….
Recurring attacks are caused by triggers. A situation such as speaking in the front of the public or getting trapped in an elevator.
I once was asked to speak at a conference in Manchester, this was to do with another YouTube project I had going on at the time. Anyway, when I was asked to go, I initially thought to myself, there's no way I can stand up in front of people and speak. Being very self-conscious I just didn't believe that at the time I was able to do it.
I researched how to speak in public, listened to all the online gurus like Tony Robins and Tony Vey, I attended the conference and got up on stage… Initially I was so nervous I thought I was going to have a panic attack. I didn't end up having on and I found that I really enjoyed the process. I enjoyed being on stage.
The effects of triggers are often aggravated by stress, in other words, stress can act as a catalyst for such attacks to happen. Hence, reducing the stress level by avoiding unnecessary stressors can help prevent attacks.
Avoid people that stress you out.
Learn how to say 'no' to invitations as well as if you can afford to; say no to overtime when you have other things to do. Do not accept additional work that you can't accomplish.
These may seem very little things but they can significantly increase stress levels as well as increase chances of having an attack.
You have heard it over and over again from all the gurus out there, however despite this, are you actually putting this in place?
Exercise has lots of health benefits including the promotion of well-being. It is also proven and effective method to prevent anxiety attacks. Research shows that as little as 30 minutes of physical activity- 3 to 5 times a week, is enough to promote a healthy body. Increasing the intensity of the exercise produces more positive effects.
If you are in West Cumbria and are interested in joining a Gym Program, I can personally recommend a Gym Called Eat, Train, Live. This gym has two separate sites with all round access, plus they have several programmes which can help you increase your training levels, meet new friends and get fit in the process. The link is here for you… This is not an affiliate link; I just recognise this gym and the things that they are doing as leader within the west Cumbria community.
Eat a balanced diet
Like Exercise, a well-balanced diet is important in keeping the body healthy, resistant to illness, and maintain low stress levels. I am not a nutritionist; you all know what good nutrition is. Do you feel like crap when you have eaten lots of highly processed foods? The answer will most likely be yes. It goes without saying for those that don't know what great nutrition is; go and do some research. Once you had a look at good nutrition, implement it as a strategy to help you reduce that stress and anxiety. It only works if you put it in place.
Avoid Smoking and Caffeine
To those who are susceptible to anxiety attacks, substantial amounts of caffeine from drinks such as coffee, energy drinks and tea… as well as smoking cigarettes can provoke such attacks even further. It is wise therefore to avoid these things as much as possible.
Practice Relaxation Techniques
Here is a link to a free 30-minute relaxation hypnotherapy session, use it on a daily basis as part of your daily routine. When used regularly this relaxation technique increases positive mood, uplifts emotions and relaxes you from a stressful day. For 30 minutes daily commitment, you get a huge amounts of benefits.
Learning to become assertive can have massively positive effects on stress and anxiety. People with anxiety disorders usually have low self-esteem. Low self-esteem is manifested by passiveness, feeling worthless, feeling of guilt and shame, depressed mood, isolation, and difficulty in school, work, and community functions.
Learning to become assertive may involve joining a group, entering therapy sessions or simply learning to open up to others. It may take a while, but once a person learns how to assert themselves, they will carry a positive outlook in life, which helps prevent anxiety attacks caused by triggers.
A client of mine recently got in touch to advise that after completing an emotional release session with me, they were able to start to become more assertive. They joined a gym, they made positive eating choices and now their life is going from strength to strength. The only thing standing in your way from doing this yourself is…. Well… you.