Dealing with anxiety can feel heavy. Nervousness, uneasiness, and feeling on edge are some of the many ways we can describe what it is to feel anxious. Anxiety is an all too common issue that can disrupt all aspects of our lives. It is important to get to the root cause in order to heal.
Do you ever have any of the following thoughts?
I have trouble relaxing or loosening up
I feel overwhelmed and like I can’t get it all done
I feel overworked and like I have to do everything all at once
I feel tightness in my chest
I feel like I’m always rushing around
I feel irritable, on edge, and panicky
I have experienced anxiety attacks or panic attacks
I often worry about things I know I can’t control or change
I don’t even know what is keeping me feeling stuck
I feel like my anxiety is getting in the way of fully embracing life
I just want a natural approach to boost my mood and ease my anxiety
If you can relate to any of the statements, you are most likely experiencing some level of anxiety. We can work together to get to the root cause and a solution that works for you to manage your anxiety.
Symptoms of ANXIETY
chest pains or heart palpitations
easily upset, frustrated, or snappy under stress
feel like you can’t get it all done
feel weak or shaky at times
fear of impending doom
history of panic attacks
inability to rest or relax
upset or nervous stomach
Sometimes we can experience both depression and anxiety.
Symptoms of DEPRESSION
difficulty focusing or concentrating
feel bored, flat, or apathetic
feel like you have to push yourself to exercise
insomnia or restless sleep
loss of interest or pleasure in activities
low on drive and enthusiasm
low on physical or mental energy
need a lot of sleep
slow to wake up in the morning
Causes of ANXIETY and Depression
While we often think of anxiety and depression as linked to our emotional wellbeing and life experiences, certain physical imbalances in the body like altered gut function, hormone imbalances, and nutrient deficiencies can also lead to or contribute to feelings of anxiety or depression. In addition, we can experience feelings of anxiety or depression related to negative body image, low self-esteem, and our relationship to food.
Here are some of the possible root causes that can result in anxiety and depression:
UNDERLYING MEDICAL CONDITIONS: conditions like low thyroid, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, adrenal fatigue, chronic fatigue syndrome, infections, or autoimmune conditions can be linked to anxiety or depression
NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCIES: not eating enough protein and deficiency in vitamins and minerals like iron, vitamin D, B vitamins can contribute to anxiety and depression
EATING HABITS: what we eat can shape how we feel especially with excessive sugar, low protein, inadequate nutrient dense foods, and reliance on caffeine
BLOOD SUGAR IMBALANCE: when blood sugar fluctuates between high and low it can result in low energy, fatigue, and moodiness
POOR GUT HEALTH: IBS, SIBO, leaky gut, infections, gut bacteria imbalances (dysbiosis), and candida overgrowth are a few contributors that can alter nutrient absorption + impact your body’s ability to utilize vitamins and minerals it needs for stable moods
LIFESTYLE: lack of sleep, lack of regular exercise, lack of consistent relaxation practices and drug or alcohol use can all contribute to fatigue
CHRONIC EMOTIONAL STRESS: anxiety, depression, grief, moodiness, irritability, financial concerns
WORK-RELATED STRESS: shift work, long hours, irregular hours, stressful environment
BODY IMAGE CONCERNS: a strained relationship with your body can contribute to anxiety and depression
FOOD ANXIETY: a strained relationship with food can contribute to anxiety and depression
PURPOSE: feelings of disconnection or lack of purpose can result in anxiety or depression
UNRESOLVED PAST EXPERIENCES OR TRAUMA: can result in feelings of anxiety or depression
*This page is for information purposes only and should not be used for the purposes of diagnosing or treating a psychological condition. If you feel you need mental health support you should consult a mental health professional or your health care provider.
Solutions from Composed Nutrition
We work together to identify the root causes of the symptoms you are feeling. You will first complete a comprehensive health assessment prior to our first appointment. We then begin the first session by reviewing what your assessment reveals about your health and get started on attainable changes to start seeing relief from your anxiety right away.
We focus on setting a balanced nutrition foundation and develop a plan that may include herbal and nutrient supplements to support your mood, tailoring your exercise routine to your energy levels, and incorporating a morning and night routine to ease your anxiety.
During our time together I will equip you with the tools to take control of your health. Together we will customize a plan that works best for you with your goals in mind.
We can discuss ways to reset your mind to ease your anxiety:
Learning how to set healthy boundaries to protect your energy
Identifying tips for more restful sleep
Discovering stress management techniques
Reframing negative self-talk + tuning into your body
Exploring spiritual practices like mindfulness + meditation
Utilizing journaling tools to explore the root of your anxiety or depression
Developing strategies to quiet constant mind chatter + heal your relationship with your body & food
Incorporating intuitive eating principles
We may also utilize functional lab testing to uncover potential imbalances related to your anxiety from the convenience and privacy of your own home. We will discuss the results, what they mean, and how to correct imbalances that may be at the root of your anxiety.
Common tests I use to help identify the root causes of anxiety:
We will consider all pieces of the Composed Nutrition wheel to achieve optimal health and get you feeling like yourself again.
Are we a good fit?
Let me get to know you + share how we can work together to find relief from your anxiety so you can start feeling like yourself again.