1. Assess your diet
When you’re feeling anxious, your first instinct may be to self-medicate with your favorite comfort foods. However, you should think long and hard about what you’re putting in your body and whether or not it’s actually helping you to feel better or working against you by exacerbating feelings of anxiety.
For example, your morning routine may include a cup of coffee or espresso. You might reach for soda throughout the day to combat fatigue and help you focus. This is not the greatest idea.
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Stimulants like caffeine and sugar can derail you in a number of ways, not least of which is a never-ending series of highs and lows. It can also disrupt sleep patterns, and you can become addicted to the rush these substances provide. Caffeine, in particular, can also leave you feeling even more high-strung and jittery.
If you need to taper off, try switching to something milder like green tea, which also provides health benefits like antioxidants and properties that can increase metabolism promote healthy brain function, just for example. As for the rest of your diet, reaching for cookies or heading for the drive-through might make you feel better temporarily, but a healthy and balanced diet that contains primarily fresh and natural foods is much more likely to curb anxiety in the long-term.