The most common mental health disorder in America is anxiety, and over 40 million adults are impacted by them every year. That number is expected to rise as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, when many adults and seniors experienced unparalleled levels of stress, financial insecurity, anxiety, fear and medical hardship. It isn’t surprising that so many of us have been experiencing anxiety after the past year. Thankfully, there are many different natural ways to improve your mental health and better manage your anxiety.
The first thing that you should do is evaluate your lifestyle. Things like not getting enough sleep and eating an unhealthy diet can take a toll on your mental health, even if it seems like your physical health might be different from your mental health. When you are looking to reduce your anxiety levels, make sure that you are not overindulging in alcohol, smoking or consuming too much caffeine. All of these things have been shown to increase anxiety or even cause it outright.
Beyond things that you should subtract from your lifestyle, there are also things that you should consider adding. Make sure that you are getting enough sleep at night and avoid using your smartphone or a laptop in bed. Incorporate meditation into your day, as studies have shown that it can lower anxiety levels and even act as an antidepressant. Of course, if you are in need of assistance you should also contact your doctor to talk about how you’ve been feeling and consider exploring therapy.
Vitamin deficiencies can lead to anxiety and other health challenges, as serotonin deficiency, low vitamin B6 and low iron have all been detected by neuropsychologists looking to better understand anxiety. Some of the supplements that can help to reduce your anxiety include:
You should always consult your doctor before adding new vitamins or supplements to your diet to ensure that they will not react poorly with other medications that you take.
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