Even the word itself sounds exhausting!
Defined by the oxford dictionary as;
“A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome”
No wonder anxiety can be such an uncomfortable sensation to experience: the impending feeling that something isn’t quite right and the uneasiness that you can’t put your finger on, the worry that doesn’t seem to be able to be curbed…
Yep exhaustion is usually what most people are feeling by the time they make it to my office for support with their anxiety, and I truly feel for them, because they are most certainly exhausted!
I often use an analogy in my consultations to help my clients understand their body system a bit better and the one about anxiety goes like this:
The human body is similar to a scooter: normally we can feed a scooter (the body) about 5 litres of fuel and drive around in it for a few days, a bit like what a whole food & nutrient dense meal might do for our body system. When the body experiences feelings of anxiety & panic, then the fuel usage can increase from a 5 litre tank of fuel usage to a V8 engine of fuel usage, which means we can use the whole 5 litres of fuel within minutes of experiencing a nervous system strain like anxiety. This can leave the body feeling very tired and literally depleted of nutrients. If the anxiety is ongoing or un-managed, it can have a constant drain on nutrient levels of the nervous system, resulting in chronic nutrient (fuel) depletion of the body long term.
Other signs and symptoms of ongoing nutrient depletion due to anxiety can include the following:
- Depression & flat moods
- Fatigue, low energy, exhaustion & lethargy
- Chronic fatigue & fibromyalgia (pain)
- Chronic inflammation in the body system
- Insomnia, poor sleeping habits
- Feelings of being overwhelmed easily & finding it hard to cope with daily activities
- Poor digestion & digestive upset
- Panic attacks
- Isolation & loneliness
- Muscle cramping, twitching & aching
- Restless legs
- Incessant mind chatter
- Confusion, brain fog, poor memory & concentration
- Heart palpitations
One of the main side effects of feeling anxious is that it can really interfere with digestion and our ability to digest foods well, not to mention the impact it can have on appetite. Some people may feel no appetite at all with anxiety and some may not be able to control their food intake, leading to binge eating. Digestion is a well-oiled machine that needs balance & peace to function at its optimal, so too little or too much food can be overwhelming & throw the balance out. As food is where we get our main source of fuel (nutrients) from to feed the nervous system, I often find these two health issues go hand in hand. Poor nutrition leads to nervous system nutrient depletion and a depleted nervous system makes it difficult to regulate nutrient uptake via food & digestion. Before long, people find themselves in a vicious cycle of depletion and running on empty.
This is NOT a fun cycle!
There are many factors that can drive nervous system dysregulation that contributes to feelings of anxiety including;
- Pyrrole disorder
- Methylation issue
- Gene variations
- Stress & trauma
- Accidents, illness & recovery
- Pregnancy & breastfeeding
- Recreational drugs, alcohol, cigarettes
- Poor sleep hygiene
So what can you do about it?
One of my favourite tools that I share with my clients to help manage anxiety is the power of meditation. Meditation and mindfulness help us to practice staying in the “now”, where we can witness our body and its responses and therefore have more control and guidance over how it responds. This can then allow the body to regulate the nervous system (and fuel usage of the nervous system), therefore reducing the amount of stress, strain and resource it uses.
One of my favourite free meditation apps that you can download for your smart phone is called “Insight Timer” you can find the link here. This app has loads of awesome features and has literally thousands of different guided meditations to choose from, with different time frames and styles depending on your mood and what works for you. I find that it allows me to interact with my meditation sessions, creating more interest around me “wanting” to do the meditations because I enjoy it & feel better from doing them, rather than feeling like I “have to” or “should” do it.
Nutrient Therapy is another essential tool to help revive a depleted nervous system that is experiencing anxiety. To make sure you are getting the right nutrient therapy for your individual needs, functional testing methods are often used. Blood pathology results can be really helpful in directing your practitioner towards the right nutrients and dose needed for your body system.
Compounded Supplements Therapy can be used when specific nutrients are low and levels need to be rebuilt. You always need to consult a qualified practitioner that has experience with individualised supplement therapy to get the best outcomes.
Practitioner Range Supplements are also a great way to ensure that you are getting the extra essential nutrients that your body needs in absorbable forms that can be utilised by the body system. They are more expensive than the brands you can buy off the shelf from supermarkets, health food shops and chemists – but that’s for a good reason:
- They are of high quality pharmaceutical grade
- They have exactly what the label says it has in it with no excipients, gapers or filler that your body then has to excrete
- They have the correct co-factors that are needed to help the body absorb the nutrients, ensuring that there is minimal waste & maximum effect of the supplement
- And they have be clinically trialled to make sure they work
I have worked extensively with people to help support them with their anxiety, so if you are struggling to balance your nervous system and anxiety is a concern for you then please get in touch, you can message me directly by clicking here.
I look forward to working with you soon.
Lots of peaceful, relaxing and carefree vibes to you & your nervous system.