Hello Recovery Community!
We just want to make sure everyone is staying safe and healthy right now. We understand that this is a trying time for everyone, not only people with pre-existing anxiety.
Here are a few quick tips on how to deal with any stress and anxiety you might be feeling over the next little while.
KEEP A ROUTINE! Any routine but make sure you and your family keep doing it
- Exercise is one of the most important things you can do to combat stress. It might seem contradictory, but putting physical stress on your body through exercise can relieve mental stress
Several supplements promote stress and anxiety reduction. Here are a few that can help:
NOTE: * Please consult your physician before taking any supplements*
Omega-3 fatty acids: One study showed that medical students who received omega-3 supplements experienced a 20% reduction in anxiety symptoms
Ashwagandha: Ashwagandha is an herb used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat stress and anxiety. Several studies suggest that it’s effective
Green tea: Green tea contains many polyphenol antioxidants that provide health benefits. It may lower stress and anxiety by increasing serotonin levels
- Caffeine is a stimulant found in coffee, tea, chocolate and energy drinks. High doses can increase anxiety. If you notice that caffeine makes you jittery or anxious, consider cutting back
- One way to handle stress is to write things down. While recording what you’re stressed about is one approach, another is jotting down what you’re grateful for. Gratitude may help relieve stress and anxiety by focusing your thoughts on what’s positive in your life.
- Mindfulness describes practices that anchor you to the present moment. It can help combat the anxiety-inducing effects of negative thinking. There are several methods for increasing mindfulness, including mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction, yoga and meditation.
Dr. Balta is the Medical Director at FCR for more than 10 years. Dr. Balta is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, Certified Psychoanalyst. As well, as having Psychiatric Training at The Albert Einstein School of Medicine Psychiatric Residency Program In New York City and Psychoanalytic Training at The William Alanson White Institute in New York City. While working in New York City, gained funding Grants for the treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders from SAMHSA , HRSA and the City of New York.