How to beat irrational anxieties

How to beat irrational anxieties
How to beat irrational anxieties

Everyone feels anxious at times and mild anxiety is a normal response to stressful situations. It triggers our body’s response to danger, sending more oxygenated blood to the muscles as we get ready for “fight or flight”. This stress response can be positive, helping us get to school or work on time, or motivating us to study hard before an important test. For most of us, anxiousness comes and goes but some people find themselves in a permanent state of worry, fear and stress. Symptoms can include butterflies in the stomach, sweaty palms, rapid breathing and a raised heart rate. Anxiousness can sometimes be irrational, triggered by something that is not usually perceived as a worry or threat. It can be specific, such as a phobia about flying or a fear of public speaking, or a more general feeling of panic when your mind constantly whirls in circles and focusses on negative thoughts.  

Luckily, mild to moderate anxieties can respond well to self-help methods of treatment. If stress and worries are starting to interfere with your everyday life, here are some tips and techniques that can help you to beat irrational anxieties.

Bach flowers mix 85: Anxiety

Bach flowers mix 85 helps to:

  • Overcome every-day fears 
  • Avoid panic attacks 
  • Give trust and take undefined fears away 
  • No longer be worried and anxious about your child, partner, friends, etc 
  • Take on challenges and make decisions again 
Discover how Bach flowers mix 85 can help you
 

Exercise


As well as boosting your physical fitness, exercise is also good for your mental wellbeing. As little as five to ten minutes of aerobic exercise has been shown to lift and stabilise our moods, decrease tension, improve our quality of sleep, and boost self-esteem. Try running, brisk walking, cycling, dancing, tennis or swimming. If you can exercise in the open air, even better, as you then reap the benefits of fresh air and sunshine, both great natural destressers.

Nutrition

Eating a well-balanced diet with the emphasis on plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, pulses and lean protein is beneficial for both the mind and the body. Several foods are particularly helpful in reducing stress and irrational anxieties:

• Oily fish

Oily fish such as mackerel, salmon, trout and herring is rich in Omega-3, a fatty acid that has a strong relationship with mental health. Omega-3 helps to provide EPA and DHA, two fatty acids that reduce inflammation and promote healthy brain function.

• Brazil nuts

Brazil nuts are one of the foods richest in selenium and vitamin E, both known to help improve the mood. When someone is suffering from irrational anxieties, inflammation is often heightened.

• Eggs

A deficiency of vitamin D is increasingly thought to be linked to mental health problems such as anxiousness and stress. Eggs are an excellent source of vitamin D. They also contain tryptophan, essential for the creation of serotonin, a hormone that regulates mood, sleep and cognitive function and is also thought to relieve anxiety.

• Dark chocolate

Some studies have shown that dark chocolate (over 70% cocoa) can help to relieve anxieties, although the mechanism is not yet clear. It is another good source of tryptophan and also contains flavonoids, thought to improve blood flow to the brain.

• Pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin seeds are rich in potassium, an element that helps to regulate blood pressure. Potassium-rich foods may also help to alleviate the symptoms of anxiousness.

• Yoghurt

Naturally fermented foods such as yoghurt, kimchi and cheese contain bacteria beneficial to gut health. The gut is now regarded by many scientists as the body’s second brain so including fermented foods in the diet may help to reduce fear and irrational anxieties.

Meditation

Meditation can be very effective in managing the symptoms of irrational anxiousness. In helping us to understand our fears, it improves our ability to recognise the triggers and our responses to stress. When we are unduly anxious, we are unable to regulate our emotions. By practising meditation regularly, it is possible to reprogramme the neural pathways in the brain and therefore improve our abilities to regulate our feelings.

Meditation teaches us to identify the negative thoughts and stories we tell ourselves. We learn two very important things: our thoughts are not real and neither do they define us. Once we have understood how to recognise and accept our irrational fears for what they are, we can let them go. This new perspective helps us to identify what is true and what is an episode of irrational anxiety.

Alternative medicine

Alternative medicine offers many natural alternatives to prescribed drugs. Bach Flower Remedies are pure flower essences developed by Dr Bach during the 1920s and 1930s and have been a popular treatment for irrational worries and anxieties ever since.

There are specific Bach Flower blends for various types of anxieties. For generalised anxieties, Bach flowers mix 85 helps to stop irrational worries about loved ones, avoid panic attacks and restore self-confidence. To treat a phobia of flying, Bach Mix 91 helps to control feelings of panic, to stay calm and to retain control of your emotions.

Bach First Aid Remedy is a reformulation of the much-loved Bach Rescue Remedy, a preparation that combines essences of rock rose, clematis, star-of-Bethlehem, impatiens, and cherry plum. It is helpful for use in challenging moments, emergencies and for treating panic attacks, calming and soothing your emotions so you can get on with your day.

Share
Marie Pure

Other articles


Isn't depression just a fancy word for feeling a bit down

Isn't depression just a fancy word for feeling a bit down?

Mental health issues such as depression and anxiety affect around 1 in 6 people at some stage of their life. Despite it being such a common problem, many sufferers wait months or even years before seeking help.

Read the complete article

Find out if you're suffering from imposter syndrome

Find out if you're suffering from imposter syndrome

Do you sometimes feel your achievements are not the result of your hard work and skill but are just luck? And do you fear that one day, someone will reveal you as an imposter or fraud? You might have imposter syndrome!

Read the complete article

5 Signs of narcissistic perversion

5 Signs of narcissistic perversion

Narcissism is a term we often see these days. But what does it mean? It's used to describe a person who is full of themselves or overly vain. However, it's not really about self-love.

Read the complete article

What can you do if your kid doesn't want to go back to school

What can you do if your kid doesn't want to go back to school?

What can you do if your kid doesn't want to go back to school? Here are our hints and tips to help if your child is expressing a refusal to go to school.

Read the complete article

Why it's never too late to change

Why it's never too late to change

People always think: that’s just me. I'm not good at 'X', that is just my character. Here are some reasons why it's never too late to change.

Read the complete article

11 tips to beat your anxieties

11 tips to beat your anxieties

Living with anxiety can be a challenge. Take back your life today. Read our 11 tips to beat your anxieties here.

Read the complete article

Six things we think will make us happy, but don't!

Six things we think will make us happy, but don't!

When you think about things that will make you happy, what are the images that come to mind? Wealth, beauty, a dream house, long holidays, a top of the range car? Happiness is not a constant and how happy we feel depends on the way we choose to live our lives. 

Read the complete article

5 tips to survive autumn healthily

5 tips to survive autumn healthily

We simply can’t avoid noticing the changes all around us. Autumn is here... Autumn is also called a transitional season. Slowly and steadily, it prepares us for the transition...

Read the complete article

Signs you're slipping into a burn-out

Signs you're slipping into a burn-out

Learn how to recognise the signs of stress and avoid slipping into a burnout or a bore-out

Read the complete article

10 Tips to get the best out of every day

10 Tips to get the best out of every day

When we’re stuck in a bit of a rut, the days and nights slip past so quickly that we barely notice them. But life is not a rehearsal!

Read the complete article

Free personal advice for your problem?

Are you unsure which Bach flowers can help you? Contact Tom for free advice.

tom vermeersch
Tom Vermeersch

Yes, I want free advice

No thanks, I will do my own research