Tag: mental health

Alcohol and anxiety.

It goes without saying, but of course I’ll say it anyway: Everyone’s anxiety manifests in different ways and you might be that unicorn that reads this and says, eh, this isn’t relevant to me. Great! I applaud you! For everyone else: let’s have a good […]

What I’m Reading: Anxiety For Beginners

In my usual pre-flight mad dash through the airport, I did a sweep of WH Smith for my standard holiday pile of magazines (I find reading fashion magazines like Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar so relaxing on holiday! I don’t really know why, though? ūü§Ē) and […]

Life with anxiety.

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I’ve written a bit about anxiety on the blog before, but never really told my own story. Since it’s Mental Health Awareness Week, here in the UK, it’s time for me to share.

I recently ‘outed’ myself in a consultation with a friend at nutrition school.

She asked to describe how I felt when I felt anxious.

I described a fist clenching, gut wrenching experience, at its worst. A feeling that makes it necessary to prep myself for everyday situations, such as meeting new people, meeting new friends of friends. A feeling that makes it necessary to give myself pep talks to get through situations I would ordinarily be able to manage. A feeling that makes everyday situations seem insurmountable.

I don’t have anxiety, everyday, all day. ¬†It’s at its worst when I’m not taking care of myself, when I’m drinking too much, not getting enough sleep, indulging in all of my food cravings. It’s during these times, my anxiety gets better of me and I go into crisis mode.

Over the years, I’ve learnt how to manage it. Eating well and getting enough sleep are key. Eating well to me, means eating at least 7 servings a day of vegetables (especially green leafy and cruciferous veg!) and fruit, adding in some nuts and seeds in different forms, getting good quality protein, mainly meat and some fish. It also means not having much sugar and drinking lots of water, some kombucha and lovely, warming ¬†herbal teas.

I’ve discovered recently that alcohol exacerbates my anxiety. Which makes sense, knowing that alcohol depletes vitamin B6, a key vitamin for the production of serotonin, the feel good hormone. I was sad to say goodbye to my evening glass of red wine, but even happier to spend the day on an even keen mentally.

How you manage your anxiety? The more I research, the more I discover. There are so many different tools that folks tend to use, from deep breathing techniques, to CBT, to adding and subtracting food to and from their diet, to taking various supplements.

I supplement with a good women’s multivitamin, an omega-3 fish oil with a good DHA to EPA ratio and magnesium, which helps me¬†relax and ‘unclench’ a little. On the advice of a collegue at school, I’ve recently started supplementing with inositol, a substance produced by plants and animals, that belongs in the B family of vitamins. It helps mood regulation and can reduce anxiety.

Fingers crossed, my cobbled together approach seems to be working well so far. What do you do to manage your anxiety on a day to day basis?

Eating to improve anxiety

Anxiety seems to be a growing problem these days, especially amongst young people. Various pressures – societal, economic, physical, technological, emotional, political – mean that people are being pulled in many directions, increasing their day to day anxiety and decreasing their ability to cope. When […]

Stop telling me to be nice.

I wrote this on Instagram this morning and wanted to expand it out a little. In the last three days, I’ve been seeing many posts talking about the need to ‘be nice’ to others as we all process the result of the US election. These […]

Stories I loved this week.

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The news of Prince’s death hit me like a tonne of bricks. It’s hard to describe how much his music has been a part of the key moments of my life. I Would Die 4 U helped me recover from a major emotional blow, Purple Rain, Diamond and Pearls, Cream, Little Red Corvette and so many others were the soundtrack of my childhood and teenage years and Sexy MF and Erotic City would always get me onto the dance floor at university. He will be missed.

The 13 most important essays about Prince. (Buzzfeed)

I adore this Questlove / Prince story. (Slate)

I’ve been eyeing up the bikinis here in anticipation of my holiday to Crete in a few weeks. (J. Crew)

Refinery 29 are running¬†a series called ‘Rag Week’, full of insightful pieces on how women experience periods and menopause. This is a great piece from Caryn Franklin on embracing the change of life that is menopause.

Parenting outdoors like Phoebe Buffay runs. Made me chuckle. (Aka Peachie)

I’m going to try this spiced lamb and lentil stew for dinner this week. (Every Last Bite)

Stories I loved this week.

We’ve had a few warm days in London this week and now I’m itching for summer. London is so great in the summer, with the many parks, rooftop patios and riverside pubs. My husband and I had a day off this week for his birthday […]

Stories I loved this week.

Photo by¬†Richard Smith A sick child for me, usually means, lots of cuddles and lots of down time. I have to accept that I’m not going to get a huge amount done and I have to slow down. Here’s what I wrote on my Instagram: […]

Stories I loved this week.

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Photo by Austin Schmid

Thursday was my last day at my freelance job and I feel like the person in the picture. Jumping for joy and ready to take on new challenges. I’m looking forward to taking the time to find a new contract, getting a lot of studying done and getting off the hectic London treadmill for a bit and into the slower life of being a mother, wife and student. I won’t just have my head in the books the entire time – I’m looking forward to getting stuck into my mindfulness practice and trying a few new exercise classes, including Barry’s Bootcamp.

A fascinating piece on how we got so hooked on avocados. (Guardian)

The loneliness that happens after bariatric surgery. (Salon)

Have you tried switchel? (Well + Good)

I for one cannot wait for the third installment of Bridget Jones. (The Pool)

Do you have wine, gluten or dairy face? Snarky titles aside, it’s fascinating to know that you can see what a person is eating by where acne appears on their face. (Elle UK)

Don’t wash your hands. Yes, yes, yes. People are way too fearful of bacteria – they are¬†so beneficial to us. (The Times)