Anxiety is a heartbreaking struggle. Trust us, we know from experience! It seems that more and more people are going through this hardship. Whether it’s a personal struggle, a friend or a family member, we all have some sort of connection with this issue. Thankfully there are many natural ways to help ease and possibly eliminate anxiety!
Last year we wrote about 5 Little Known Potential Causes of Anxiety. Having fought this battle ourselves, addressing these areas have helped us immensely. This was one of our most viewed articles so we couldn’t help but add a few more potential causes of anxiety to the list in hopes that is will help many others. Here are 3 More Little Known Potential Causes of Anxiety.
Not Enough B Vitamins
According to University Health News “The B vitamin deficiencies most often linked to panic attacks, anxiety and depression are B6, B9 and B12.” They suggest these vitamins as a natural remedy for anxiety, panic, and depression.
Some of the benefits of just B12 alone are boosting mood, lowering the risk of neurodegenerative disease, supporting the nervous system and supporting concentration. It’s no wonder these vitamins are so powerful. (source)
An article from Best Health quotes Trudy Scott as saying “Vitamin B1 is important for blood sugar control and this has a major impact on anxiety. Vitamin B3 is involved in many enzymatic processes and plays a key role in serotonin synthesis… Vitamin B5 is very important for the adrenals and therefore helps with modulating stress.”
Although B vitamins can be taken in supplement form, it may be a good idea to start by consistently adding it into your diet through the foods you eat. Some food sources of B vitamins are potatoes, whole grains (including wheat), molasses, grass-fed beef, eggs, spinach, avocados, beans and orange juice. (source) (source) Check out some of our favorite recipes with these foods below!
Stress is a natural part of life. It can even be a good thing at times (like when you need to flee from danger, step on the brake quickly or do something exciting). However, chronic stress can have a very negative effect on our bodies and therefore our minds. To quote an article by MedlinePlus, “When you have chronic stress, your body stays alert, even though there is no danger. Over time, this puts you at risk for health problems.” In other words, if you have stress over a long period of time, your body tends to stay in that stressful mindset often causing anxiety.
Sometimes we become so used to chronic stress that we really don’t even know that we are experiencing it. Some common causes of chronic stress are financial problems, school and homework, relationship struggles, stress at work, moving, health problems, family struggles and even being late for work!
In an article entitled Life Event, Stress and Illness it explains that stress can actually be cumulative. If we don’t release it, it tends to get built up over time. This article also states that “Research shows that almost every system in the body can be influenced by chronic stress. When chronic stress goes unreleased, it suppresses the body’s immune system and ultimately manifests as illness.”
It further explains that “If stress persists after the initial fight-or-flight reaction, the body’s reaction enters a second stage. During this stage, the activity of the sympathetic nervous system declines and adrenaline secretion is lessened, but corticosteroid secretion continues at above normal levels. Finally, if stress continues and the body is unable to cope, there is likely to be breakdown of bodily resources.”
In addition to anxiety, some other health issues that can be caused by chronic stress are depression, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, constipation, diarrhea, trouble sleeping, stiff jaw, stiff neck, headaches and much, much more. (source)
The natural remedy for this is to find ways to reduce and release stress. Sometimes all this takes is making time to laugh, spending time with loved ones, taking a quiet walk, reading a good book or spending time in nature. Check out our 4 Free Relaxers You Can do in a Minute for more ideas!
Toxic People and Relationships
Speaking of reducing stress, the people we associate with can have a huge impact on how we feel and our stress levels. If they are happy, positive, building people, then we tend to feel better when we are around them. However, if they are manipulative, belittling and/or unkind people, then our health (mental and physical) can suffer.
An article from Psychology Today explains that many people are becoming more aware of the toxins we are putting into our bodies and striving to remedy this “And yet even many health-conscious people don’t realize that the quality of their relationships can be just as toxic to their health as fast food or a toxic environment. In fact, unhealthy relationships can turn into exactly that—a toxic internal environment that can lead to stress, depression, anxiety, and even medical problems.” This can be especially true if we are in an emotionally abusive situation.
As explained above, stress can cause anxiety. If our relationships are stressful (especially if we don’t consciously realize how stressful) then we may experience an increase in anxiety. These toxic relationships can be with a drama-queen friend, critical significant other, moody family member, touchy boss, etc.
For more information on how to define if you are in a toxic relationship and help to know what to do next, check out The Hidden Health Hazards of Toxic Relationships.
The people we surround ourselves with should leave us feeling energized, confident, safe and happy.
Anxiety is a difficult thing to go through but we honestly hope these suggestions help you and your loved ones! Don’t forget to stop by our 5 Little Known Potential Causes of Anxiety for more natural ideas to help ease this pain. Please share with anyone you know who may be struggling with anxiety!
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