Diet & nutrition
There are a couple of different ways that diet and nutrition can affect a person’s anxiety level. In a very simple and obvious way, when a person is hungry anxiety levels will be elevated. Hunger is a known source of elevated levels of anxiety. Making sure that we have proper meals and proper nutrition is an easy way to help reduce the occurrence of huger driven spikes in our anxiety.
A little more detailed look at diet & nutrition; different sensations from the types of food you intake may affect anxiety levels. If a particular food causes bloating or excessive gas, these can cause sensations which can trigger anxiety and start the process of worry and obsession. Be aware of the foods you eat and the affects that they have on your body.
In addition, keep in mind that certain foods will keep you satisfied longer than other foods. It is well documented that a meal or snack that is high in carbohydrates will not keep you full for long periods of time. And likewise, meals or snacks that are high in protein content may stay with you longer and keep you feeling satisfied for longer periods of time. Through proper meal and snack planning, you may be able to reduce the amount or frequency you may experience in terms of sensations within your body.
In addition, when we are overwhelmed with anxiety, we will often neglect healthy eating habits–turning to fast food or junk food. This will only encourage higher levels of anxiety and allow our suffering to continue. I suggest paying attention to and making an effort to eat at least one healthy meal a day. We should be eating three meals in total; try to make the effort to have one of the meals consist of nutritious foods as much as possible.
Also, by being mindful of your diet, and being proactive in managing your food intake, you are also teaching yourself how to care for yourself physically. This will translate to caring for yourself mentally as well as emotionally. This is a mindset that can be extremely beneficial in creating recovery from anxiety disorders.