Mild anxiety is a low level feeling of tension or uneasiness that sort of looms in the background. A lot of readers tell me they experience mild anxiety, which can be incredibly frustrating and make you feel that something awful is just around the corner. Not fun.
The good news is that while I have had to live with low levels of anxiety pretty consistently over the last 3 decades, I have recently learned a few really helpful ways to deal with it…
The more research I do on overcoming anxiety (by using myself as the glorified lab rat lol!) the more I learn that a large part of being anxious and staying anxious is a product of the times we live in.
Getting back to optimal health is the answer to this.
How To Beat Mild Anxiety
1. Watch your diet
The foods we eat today are very over-processed. White flour is the staple in most of the foods we eat. Getting back to eating a healthy diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, and lean protein has made a huge difference in how I feel.
Specifically, I have shared with you how eating a gluten free diet has helped tremendously with a lot of my anxiety symptoms, including that mild anxiety feeling. (For me, I could feel anxiety even with my breathing- it always felt like it was somewhere in my solar plexus region).
A side note here — You don’t have to go all the way gluten free if you don’t want to. I do it because I have Hashimotos thyroiditis- and if you have this thyroid condition- following a gluten free diet will help you tremendously.
All I am suggesting is that you start eliminating some of the processed crap you usually eat. Instead of buying lunch in the cafeteria, pack a fresh tuna salad complete with veggies and bring some nuts and a banana. Sounds boring right? Well I thought so at first, but you learn to get used to it. You also learn to start enjoying real food again.
Put it this way- nothing, NOTHING tastes as good as being free from mild anxiety feels.
And stop ingesting all that caffeine. Do you really need to drink all that diet soda or coffee? Can you try cutting it down so you can feel better? You really can you know.
2. Take magnesium.
I’ve mentioned this 3 times over the past month or so, but people suffering from anxiety need to hear this. There is a very good chance you are magnesium deficient and this can cause a host of bad things- including that horrible mild anxiety feeling.
3. Get moderate exercise.
You don’t hare to join a gym or do hard core training or anything like that. But you do have to get up off your seat and move at least 3 times a week for about 20 minutes.
Anyone can find opportunities to walk a little more. Take the stairs at work, walk around the block, park in the farthest space in the parking lot.
(And if you really want to feel good, treat yourself to some yoga.)
Being a sedentary couch potato is not good for your body or your mind. And laying around feeling sorry for yourself does nothing but makes your mild anxiety worse.
Get up and move a little. Dance around the kitchen when you make dinner. Vacuum with your headphones on. Walk the dog.
Get creative, but do some exercise- and do it for you. It really really helps with the low level anxiety.
Like everything that has to do with anxiety- the tips for dealing with mild anxiety sound easy on paper but putting the suggestions into practice is what can be hard to keep up with.
Especially if you’re used to just going through your usual routine and eating the same junk and then laying in front of the TV at night. If you don’t make a change nothing will change. (I am the former president of the Couch Potato Association so I know what I’m talking about.)
Making dietary changes was the hardest thing for me. I really balked and resisted making healthy diet changes for years. I am an admitted carb addict and junk food junkie. But guess what? That low level anxiety persisted- it was always there. Once I made the change I noticed a difference in just a few days.
I can’t do it for you, you have to take the initiative to do this for yourself.
But I cant afford to eat fresh food.
Oh yes you can. If you can buy cafeteria food or go to McDonald’s or spend money on Dunkin’ Donuts you certainly can.
But I don’t have time to cook or exercise.
Yeah. Me neither. But I do it anyways. It only takes a few minutes.
But I don’t want to buy Magnesium. It’s too expensive.
Really? But you’ll take antidepressants and anti anxiety medication and pay for therapy? Don’t you deserve to really feel better and really be healthy?
But I can’t…but I don’t… but…but.. but…Is it really that simple?
Yes, it really is. Simple as that- diet, magnesium, exercise.
Making these 3 simple changes has resulted in a dramatic decrease in my level of chronic mild anxiety and I know it can for you too. Good luck!
I wish you peace,