Don’t Sweat It – De-Stress

July 15, 2014

Nolcha Fashion Week in New York for Spring/Summer 2014 presented by RUSK on September 11, 2013 featured the Spring/Summer lines of independent fashion designers at Pier 59.

We are all excited about the new season’s fashion week, shows, and events. We are used to doing things our way and loving it, but what happens when something just doesn’t feel right? What happens when we feel overworked, scared, want to withdraw or scream at the top of our longs? While most of us work well under lost of pressure, even the greatest can fall. Anxiety is a real issue that can become clinical when overlooked. Sometimes getting out of our dark moods can be very hard but the good news is that we are not alone and there are things that you can do to get out of the  funk.

Anxiety  is known as excessive  vexation, a general feeling of fear, uneasiness, or sometimes the expectation that something bad is going. These are the times we want to take some time off from work and cuddle under the blankets hoping it will go away. According to“Anxiety manifests itself in multiple ways and does not discriminate by age, gender, or race”.

Here are the symptoms that will help us determine if we are having an anxiety bout:

  • rapid breathing
  • fast heart rate
  • numbing of extremities, legs, fingers
  • headache
  • muscle aches
  • irritability
  • dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • trouble concentrating or forgetfulness
  • sweaty palms
  • general feeling of unshakeable sadness

Experiencing 3 or more of the symptoms above can point to the fact that our stress levels need to become more manageable. While we may fail to create that connection at times the condition can become physical, which may lead to serious health issues that may be harder to resolve in the long run. Those conditions could be anywhere from heart disease, high blood pressure, digestive conditions, and a weakened immune system.

While anxiety can happen to many for several weeks, and sometimes months, the answer is not always in prescription medicine. Prescription drugs can be quite addictive, create further unwanted side effects and should not be used as a band aid, unless they are the last resort. Here is what you should do during anxiety bouts:

  • Limit your time with negative people. Negative energy rubs off and can further make you feel more anxious
  • Don’t over schedule yourself with appointments. Give yourself at least  15 minutes between appointments so you can gather your thoughts better.
  • Don’t eat junk. Sugary stuff like cookies, candies, etc, may comfort you briefly, however once the rush goes away all you will have left is unwanted pounds.
  • Don’t skip meals, specially breakfast. A malnourished body will experience stress and anxiety when you are devoid of nutrients. Don’t forget food is fuel.
  • Avoid alcohol, drugs and other stimulants. While these might be a quick fix they will not solve the root of the issues, and may evolve into long term dependency

What to do when experiencing anxious days:

  • Do eat foods that keep you balanced and grounded. Root vegetables like ginger, potatoes, beets and carrots are very useful for taking the edge away (best prepared baked, not fried).
  • Check on your allergies. Believe it or not allergies may cause your moods to be unbalanced and make us anxious.
  • Get some sunshine. it is said that those who don’t get enough sunshine may have a D vitamin deficiency. Lather some coconut oil and avoid the junky SPF chemicals. Your body will thank you.
  • Did I mention vitamins? Yes! Get a combo of B complex, B12, and why not vitamin D3. For extreme cases use Niacin. Get the non-flush type. It will soothe the nerves. Start with it at night before you go to bed.
  • Do get some exercise. It is an anxiety and stress reliever, plus it pushes you into inhaling and exhaling much needed for your lungs and relaxation.
  • Write a list of your positive traits and have it handy when anxiety creeps in. Go over it daily and empower yourself with the many ways you are awesome.
  • Get a therapist. Sometimes having someone who is not related to you listen to you with no judgement can help you deal with important issues. Very often talking it over makes you feel better.

I hope these tips help you get through any rough days you may experience. When all else fails it is recommendable to read more about the subject of anxiety. To the contrary of what others may think, and reading about anxiety may not make you feel worst, but will help you understand the subject better and why it happens. Do not forget while the issue starts with the mind, the whole body can feel affected by it. I am very familiar with this subject as it was the reason why I initially  went to learn how to heal it with food. Feel free to write to me if you have any questions.

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Maria TotalBodyFitMaria Andrade is a New York based Certified Holistic Health Counsellor. She graduated from The Institute of Integrative Nutrition and has been building her wellness coaching practice as well as integrating Pilates and other body healing technique. Maria’s personal nutritional philosophy is based on the concept of bio-individuality. Nutrition should be tackled according to the unique characteristics of the individual, such as ethnicity, blood type, and activity levels. She also bases her healing practice on numerous dietary theories.

Maria co-founded TotalBodyFit in 2008, in the hopes of bringing her message to a larger audience by conducting the health counselling, fitness classes, and massage therapy right in the client’s home, office or resident lounge. She leads TotalBodyFit’s nutrition workshops, corporate, and cooking events. She is available for one on one nutritional counselling.                                        

Don’t Sweat It is a weekly series to keep independent fashion designers up-to-date on how to stay stress free and healthy in their hectic, on the go lifestyles.

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