Anxiety, Food and Excercise does it matter?

This is a question I get asked a lot, does looking after yourself help. The simple answer is yes. Is it the only answer? No, but it sure does help to take care of yourself. A lot of people ask ‘How can I feel anxious when I am sat still, sometimes I feel worse’ the answer is that your body is full of excess adrenalin and your nerves are over active. If the adrenalin has no where to go it cause the feelings you feel, tense, agitated, hard to concentrate etc…The best way to burn of this excess adrenalin is to exercise. I used to go for a swim and a run 3/4 times a week and it made a lot of difference to how I felt overall. It also taught me a lot about how I felt, yes my body produced too much adrenalin and the feelings did return.But I could think far more clearer and felt so much calmer after a run that I knew, that all I did suffer from was excess adrenalin, anxiety and nothing more. Sometimes when I struggled to think clearly or had silly thoughts running around, I questioned certain things, ‘Was this more?’ , ‘Am I going a little crazy’ No I was not, after I had burnt off the excess adenalin I could see that if I could get my body back in balance I would feel like this all the time. If I was going crazy a run would not have cleared my head, if there was something else wrong, a run would not make these symptoms go away. It had to be just anxiety (excess adrenalin) that made me feel this way.

Food and anxiety.

Again this is not the full answer to anxiety, but a change in diet can help. I found cutting down on alcohol helped a lot, also just eating better. I was not perfect, as I don’t believe there is any need to become obsessed about eating right, don’t make it another issue, just make a few changes and you may see a difference. Just make a few changes for yourself, don’t expect or demand it will solve all your problems, but it may make you feel a lot better in yourself.

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15 Responses to “Anxiety, Food and Excercise does it matter?”

  1. Amy Says:

    Hi all,

    I found adjusting my diet really helpful. Nothing too drastic, just avoiding too much sugar and eating unrefined carbohydrates. Helps to prevent blood sugar levels fluctuating (when they dip they can cause anxiety-like symptoms, which can trigger everything else off!). Cutting back on caffeine might be helpful too – can’t comment about that though, have never drunk coffee.


  2. Anthony Says:

    Yeah, I never drink caffeine. I always feel too jumpy and nervous when I do. My diet is okay. I’ve been eating a lot more fruit.

    I’m going to start taking yoga classes in the near future. I hear it is fantastic for the mind and body.

  3. No More Anxiety Says:

    I made a lot of lifestyle changes. Mainly my diet and more excercise and felt a lot of benefit from it, looking after yourself is important, no need to get obsessed about, but any changes are good.

  4. ricky Says:

    I get underarm sweating, fill nervous, keyed up, can’t keep my legs still, fill nervous around chest area, start belching, and tremor in my hands. Been doctors, they say it anxiety, I have been like this for about 7 years but worry it is something bad, does anyone get these symptoms?

  5. Kashawn Says:

    Hi All

    First I want to say thank you to Paul and his work–words truly can’t describe what his information did for me.

    I want to comment about caffeine and coffee. Paul mentions in his information to avoid caffeine and I just want to comment about how truly important it is TO STAY AWAY FROM COFFEE AND CAFFEINE.

    I had a coffee today and noticed that my anxiety jumped…it depends on the person however I would say to stay away from it completely…our bodies are hyper sensitive already …adding this psychostimulant is just fueling the anxiety symptoms.

    I hope this comes through to all:)
    To all fellow sufferers, keep your heads up
    All the Best:)

  6. Kashawn Says:

    Hi guys

    Just wanted to make a quick comment regarding exercise, specifically weight lifting. After my panic attack in April I decided to pursue cardio and weight lifting to change my life. I have done some research and concluded that weight lifting (if done more then 1 or 1 1/2 hours) can actually cause anxiety because the stress hormone CORTISOL is released in blood stream. This in turn can exacerbate anxiety and Depersonalization……because the nervous system is OVERLY worked and needs a break. This is why Paul wrote: the MIND AND BODY crave a break. I assumed working out very hard is good for my body which in fact was the complete opposite:)

    -Also Cardiovascular exercise appears to have the least stress on the nervous system…you can exercise more often (walking, jogging) and this WILL NOT shock the nervous system as weight lifting does.

    So please keep in mind that lifting weights SHOCKS THE NERVOUS SYSTEM if done excessively and without proper rest. This is why my anxiety and Dp got worse hours after my vigorous weight lifting work out.

    Keep the faith; recovery is within reach:)

  7. Kashawn Says:

    hi guys, this anxiety journey has taught me alot. I want to add some more information I learned regarding the effects of heavy weight lifting and anxiety disorders.

    -when we lift heavy weight our bodies produce lactic acid to supply our muscles energy quickly. Research has shown that lactic acid makes anxiety symptoms worser because people with anxiety disorders are sensitive to lactate in the blood.

    -so i learned to keep weight lifting to a minimum until the body has fully healed itself. Weight lifting puts alot of pressure on the nervous system so i found it wiser to stick to cardiovascular exercise (running, jogging, walking) until the body has fully healed it self and anxiety symptoms no longer persist.

    Hope this helps someone
    I learned this information the hard way
    All the best


  8. brendan V Says:

    Hey all, just feeling a tad bit of my anxiety tonight, was on sofa and just felt my stomach feeling funny ( the job interview feeling I call it ) I also have the dry feeling at the back of my mouth. I have had a cold now for two days so not sure if this is why i have this feeling again as I have been away visiting family in malta and had a good week without feeling anxiety till the day before I got my full on cold/ anyway just wanted to ask will jogging be ok to do? I just wanted to know if any of you go jogging? My GP told me to go swimming but I’m not a big fan of indoor swimming in london pools.

    Hope all is well with you all.


    Brendan :)

  9. David Says:

    I get anxious, they day before I go back to work each week. I am keeping a diary of symptoms and the methods I use to allieviate them. I experiment a bit and ask friends how they cope with this ‘normal’ anxiety.
    Exericse (gentle) – going to the gym and the mixing with people certainly helps, but I really look forward to a strong cappucino afterwards. I find a quick dose of caffein in an ejoyable, social drink, really enpowers that endorfin high after execise, and everything seems manageable. It helps me move up a gear and cope. I think drinking several cups at home alone would be disaterous though.

    I think work anxiety happens when you journey from leisure to work, the grief happens as you cross that transition between one and the other. This may happen in the morning, afternoon, evening or worst of all at night.

  10. sharon Says:

    I have suffered with anxiety again for the last 6 months (had it 2 years ago but it seemed to go after months of input with a psychologist, however at a cost of £100 an hour this is too expensive for me to take up again) On monday I joined Curves a ladies only gym which bases its work out on 3 half hour sessions every week.
    I have just come back from completing my first work out and have to tell you how fabulous I feel, I feel more calm relaxed any my distressing thoughts although they are still there, are controllable.
    It took a lot for me to go there today my mind started to fill with “what ifs” but now am really pleased that I overcome my anxious thoughts and went after all x

  11. Kim jones Says:

    Hi all.. My anxiety started in 2008… The worst week of my life.. Went to my doctors in a right state.. He asked me how my caffeine I was consuming?? A lot was the answer.. He told me to avoid it completely so I did.. He also told me it will get worse before it got better.. And he was right. But by the end of the week I was back to my normal self.. And for few years avoid it totally and didn’t have any anxiety.. Gradually I have once again become addicted to it and am now back to being anxious and over thinking everything!! So caffeine is a no no for me personally.

  12. Dave Says:

    I think what we have to realize is that anxiety/panic attacks is the nervous system being pushed over the edge. Think of your nervous system on a scale of 1 to 10. 1 is very calm and let’s say 7 or 8 is where anxiety symptoms start to show up and 10 is panic attack mode.
    People tend to want to blame one thing for their anxiety, but I believe it is a snowball effect. It’s all the little worries, the big worries, the news, all of life’s stressors, on and on, it all adds up. So it seems like it’s the cup of coffee giving you anxiety when actually it simply moving you from 6 on the scale into the 7 or 8 range. What got you to the 6 range needs to be addressed just as much as that cup of coffee that puts you over the edge. I truly believe the key to fighting anxiety is to reduce the overall anxiety level back down, so that a cup of coffee, or working out at the gym wont drive you over the edge. I wish there was an easy way to do it, but I’ve yet to find it. I’ve recently discovered meditation, it seems to work wonders with reducing anxiety levels. You can’t just do it every once in a while and expect results though. It has to be a regular part of your life. Daily. I may start nightly yoga also. Yoga seems like it is meditation with light exercise. Seems like it would be great for reducing anxiety. Another key is just to be more mindful, be mindful of how you feel and how you react to situations and always try to calm yourself and your feelings. Body and mind.

  13. Hayley Says:

    I have suffered anxiety (mainly an over active mind and being bombarded with negative what ifs) since losing my dad to suicide at 18! It’s taken me nearly 9 years and having my second daughter to finally sort it once and for all and after cbt through my doctor – finding Paul’s advice is the only thing to help ! I find alcohol and coffee are triggers for me aswell as tiredness and being unorganised . Read Paul’s book about 2 months ago is hard to get if into my brain after so long and have suffered 2 terrible setbacks but I know (even if very slowly) that this is the only thing to really help and acceptance is key! So yes exercise and all the rest help get you back on track and once there I will be putting Paul’s advice back into action as much as possible ! Thank you !!

  14. Kerrin Says:

    Hi guys I don’t know if you can help me but I’ve just stumbled across this website I’ve bought the book and read the intro so far. Looks good & prom using but my biggest problem is I’m so so wired with anxiety / excess adrenalin I can’t sleep. My mind kicks into over drive as soon as I lay down . My thoughts are having a party in my head, so loud all over them shop, I’m practically holding my shoulders up to my ears from the tension and thoughts going around and around. And I’m squinting my eyes shut , I just can’t relax. Can’t even relax long enough to “fall” asleep . I’m prob getting 1-2 hours broken sleep the rest is tossing and turning. I’m losing my mind completely. Help please help.

  15. Margaret craig Says:

    I suffer terrible with acid reflux and ibs now since two months ago when all this started with anxiety and panic.. I believe my physical symptoms cause me more anxiety. I have had a endescopic and I’m told that my stomach is inflamed, I have completely changed my diet lifestyle no smoking or drinking. I desperate to sort all thus out …I am waiting on Paul’s book..

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