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Anxiety: Simple Changes

People struggling with anxiety usually are so overwhelmed by symptoms that it’s easy to overlook a few changes that can have a huge impact on anxiety symptoms.


Reduce intake of anxiety irritants such as caffeine, tobacco, sugar and alcohol. Avoid fatty and processed foods. All these things worsen anxiety.

How many times a day to you consume foods/products that fuel anxiety? Try to notice if any of these irritants increase your anxiety symptoms.


In a study appearing in the Feb. 22 edition of the Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers analyzed the results of 40 randomized clinical trials involving nearly 3,000 patients with a variety of medical conditions. They found that, on average, patients who exercised regularly reported a 20% reduction in anxiety symptoms compared to those who did not exercise.

Your ultimate goal is to be active for 30 minute 4-5 times a week. However, you may need to build up to that level. What could you do to get started now? How would reducing anxiety impact your life?