Anxiety and healthy lifestyle


Hi,I am a 22 yr old girl and we just moved to e 3 months ago in February.
The apartment I lived in before this one I didn't ever used to have anxiety.
I used to drink just to get drunk. My anxiety didn't start until about the last month we moved from that apartment. Which was in January and I still have anxiety.

I also smoke cigarettes so my question is if I quit smoking,eat healthy and exercise a lot will my symptoms of anxiety go completely away. Please help if anyone can.

Hi A.

Wanting anxiety to go away is often what makes it worse. Usually I recommend to my clients that they practice INTERACTING differently with their anxiety.

I don’t think that quitting smoking, eating healthy and exercising a lot will make your anxiety go completely away.

Studies on smoking and anxiety demonstrate that the long term effect on anxiety is good. It is difficult to quit and in the immediate moment you may experience and increase in symptoms, but in the long term your anxiety should decrease if you quit smoking.

Additionally, studies do show that exercise helps with both anxiety and depression. Studies show that exercise increases glutamate and GABA, neurotransmitters depleted in the brains of patients with depression and anxiety.

A healthy diet has been shown to be correlated with lower rates of anxiety and depression, so caring for your mental health through your diet is a great idea.

I can’t promise that these will make your anxiety “go away”, but certainly, it could help a lot.

I would strongly suggest, however, that you have your physical health checked out. Thyroid problems and hormone issues can trigger sudden anxiety, to name two.

Also you may benefit from some sessions with a therapist.

Good Luck!

Beck L. Can your diet shape your mental health? The Globe and Mail. May 28 2015. Available from: http://nclive.org/cgi-bin/nclsm?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/1683556087?accountid=13217.

Loudin, A. (2016). Can exercise cure depression and anxiety?

Shahab, L., Andrew, S., & West, R. (2014). Changes in prevalence of depression and anxiety following smoking cessation: Results from an international cohort study (ATTEMPT). Psychological Medicine, 44(1), 127-41. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0033291713000391

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