The Anxiety Monster 

Feeling occasionally anxious is a normal response to modern life. 
However, for some people their anxiety is like a little monster living 
inside, who stirs up uncomfortable feelings when faced with simple 
everyday situations. If you or someone you know avoids social 
gatherings, work meetings or confrontations, due to anxiety, then 
don’t ignore these feelings. It’s time to get some help to tackle the 
anxiety monster. 

Symptoms Can Be Physical AND Emotional 

Symptoms of anxiety can be very unsettling.
Your heart rate increases, your mind races and
you can no longer think straight.
Though everyone experiences anxiety a bit differently,
there are some more common symptoms to look out for. 

• Physical sensations: 
o racing heart; 
o hot flushes, sweating and skin clamminess; 
o rapid breathing; and/or 
o frequent gastrointestinal upsets. 

• Emotional sensations: 
o feelings of excess worry, panic, fear or guilt; 
o obsessive thinking and behaviours; and/or 
o feeling generally tense and wound up. 

If you can relate to any of the above, speak with your healthcare 
Practitioner today – this doesn’t have to be your everyday ‘normal’. 

Breaking the Cycle 

Herbal medicine can be used to help reduce anxiety and
nervousness; improving your emotional resilience: 

Passion flower – decreases that sense of ‘restlessness’ and
can help settle nervous stomachs. It increases the calming
neurotransmitters (brain chemicals), such as GABA; soothing
a racing mind, decreasing tension and irritability. 

Zizyphus – widely used in Chinese herbal formulas for its anxiolytic 
(anxiety reducing) properties; zizyphus is considered cooling,
calming and another herb that’s effective for restlessness. 

Siberian milkwort – a calming herb that is often included in formulas
for sensitive people who find themselves feeling teary and weepy
when they are stressed or anxious. 

Bupleurum – useful for those experiencing stress and unrest due to
excessive nervous energy. 

An individualised herbal formula forms the foundation of
the Stress Less Program that is available from your Practitioner.
Speak with them today about which herbs are most suitable for you. 

Daily Strategies to Support Yourself 

The best things in life are free – well almost! Incorporate as many 
of the following resilience-building strategies as you can each day. 
These tips will lead to better overall wellbeing as well as helping 
you to manage stress and anxiety: 

• Connect with friends – keeping in touch with people 
maintains your support network; 
• Exercise (ideally outdoors) – regular exercise has been 
shown to improve mood and reduce feelings of stress; 
• Choose healthy foods – consume protein at each 
meal and avoid refined and sugary foods. This can 
help balance your blood sugar levels, reducing mood 
imbalances and lessening anxiety; 
• Avoid caffeine – stimulants such as caffeine can 
exacerbate anxiety; and 
• Breathe! – if you start to feel panicky or anxious, focus 
on taking some slow, purposeful, deep breaths, helping 
you return to a state of calm. Meditation can also help to 
quieten your mind and instill calm. 

Conquering the Monster 

Everyone experiences fears and worries from time to time,
however if anxiety becomes excessive and stops you from
enjoying everyday life, then it’s time to conquer the monster.
Speak to your Practitioner about how the Stress Less Program
can help you feel calmer, more positive and in control of your

Talk to your Practitioner today about your journey to less worries! 

*This article is a copy of Wellness Review (monthly news letter) 

by Metagenics

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