everyday situations. If you or someone you know avoids social
don’t ignore these feelings. It’s time to get some help to tackle the
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 MetagenicsPlease visit and support Japanese Naturopath in Sydney
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