How to Not Worry and Be Happy
OK, the world is burning down with Omicron.
The first thing to do is make sure you don’t burn down with it. Read THIS ARTICLE for concise directions on how you and your family can avoid getting sick.
With that done, we must continue to live our lives. My view is that if we’re going to live, we should enjoy doing it. (Crazy, right?)
The problem is that if you are depressed and sad or anxious and fearful, you won’t enjoy much of anything.
The statistics on how many people have been overwhelmed, depressed, and anxious since 2020 are astronomical. If you’re in this group, I have some ideas to help:
The Agreed-On Reasons for Anxiety & Depression:
I’ve found that people often think that stress causes anxiety and depression in their lives. It’s not surprising that people would have more mental stress with the pandemic (and everything else we’re dealing with), resulting in more anxiety and depression.
Once the anxiety and depression get to a point where there is a significant impact on your life, it’s common for you to start thinking that there may be something wrong with your brain, such as a chemical imbalance.
There is some truth to the idea that stress can create anxiety and depression and that there may be physiological problems contributing to it becoming worse.
But there may be more to this!
The Actual Reasons for Anxiety & Depression:
A high percentage of people have physiological problems or weaknesses with their bodies that they may not be aware of. These can be digestive, or hormone issues with mild or common symptoms you may well believe are “normal.” Further, many of these problems will not be diagnosed as a disease by your doctor, so you may think you’re “perfectly healthy.”
However, when combined with mental stress, these physical weaknesses can overwhelm your body and trigger anxiety and depression.
Your mental problems may be caused by the stress in your life added to these physical health problems. The two together may overwhelm your body and cause anxiety and depression.
You Can Test It Out!
Try the actions below, designed to reduce the physical stress on your body. In short order (a couple of weeks, if not sooner), you will most likely see a definite improvement in your mood.
Read the labels on food and stop eating junk, preservatives, flavor enhancers, and colors:
If you can’t pronounce the ingredients or don’t know what they are, you are eating stuff that IS NOT FOOD. Artificial sweeteners and flavors, preservatives, colors, texture enhancers, flavor enhancers—all this stuff can directly affect your brain. Further, many people develop allergies to these chemicals, which can cause severe brain fog and difficulty concentrating.
Your stress may be made worse by food allergies. Try avoiding these most likely allergic foods:
Over the past decade, food allergies have become an epidemic (or plague). Allergy testing and a health improvement program to address allergies can reduce inflammation, allow natural weight loss, and help with everything from digestive stress to brain fog (see here for more information). While testing and treatment of allergies can permanently reduce your problems, the do-it-yourself approach can still work wonders:
Try avoiding the foods below for four weeks. I recommend you do it one food group at a time to know what to avoid and what you can still eat. If you notice that you can think more clearly, have a better mood, or that other symptoms improve (joint pain, digestive problems), quit eating that food group.
Avoid these foods in the order given:
- Gluten-containing foods (wheat, barley, rye).
- Dairy foods (milk and cream are the worst, cheese and yogurt are a problem for fewer people, butter is usually OK).
Stop eating refined sugar.
Your blood sugar is crucial to the correct operation of your nervous system. Eating refined sugar can make blood sugar swing from high to low and back, which can cause mood swings, depression, anxiety, and brain fog. Try this: Quit eating sugar for two weeks and see what happens. Most people who do this experiment never return to their previous sugar consumption.
Eat regularly, at least three times per day.
Skipping meals puts extra stress on your adrenal glands. Your adrenals are your body’s system for handling physical and mental stress. There are two things you can do to reduce adrenal stress:
- Eat every four hours throughout the day. Eat within an hour of waking in the morning (your body runs out of blood sugar about an hour after waking and will force the adrenal glands to make more sugar if you don’t eat).
- Eat some protein with food every time you eat anything. Protein “buffers” carbohydrates and sugars and reduces the stress on the adrenal glands.
Try “Dry January”
Alcohol is often high in sugar, stresses your liver and immune system and can be very stressful to your body.
There is More that Can Be Done
It is not true that simple diet changes can eliminate most anxiety and depression. The actions recommended in this article are to demonstrate that some noticeable mood improvements are possible from something as simple as diet changes.
Every day in my clinic, I see dramatic improvements in my patients’ health and mood. Diet changes are a crucial part of my programs, but also essential is:
- Lab tests to determine areas and causes of stress.
- Clinical nutrition: exact supplementation gives the body the tools and replacement parts to heal.
- Targeted acupressure treatments to destress allergies and help the body balance hormones.
By structuring these actions into an individualized health improvement program, I can provide the support needed to help my patients regain their ability to heal.
As a person’s health improves, it’s normal to see their anxiety and depression improve or disappear entirely!
I used to be a fairly cranky, crabby person with little patience for inconveniences and interruptions. I tried to be patient or explain my frustrations but still felt self-conscious and helpless about being irritable and unpleasant. At work, I always found it extremely annoying and agitating to have my concentration broken by an interruption. My friends accepted me as a high-strung person who didn’t handle stress & pressure well. After being on my treatment program with Alternative Health Atlanta, I noticed that I was calmer and not agitated by interruptions. Now I can be pleasant most of the time and am not strung out by pressures. Now I notice people who are edgy, crabby, and particular about the way things proceed and think; I used to be like that. — A.W.
Are You Stressed, Anxious, Nervous or Fatigued?
I may be able to help you.
Would you please take five minutes to fill out a health assessment survey and send it to me? I’ll review your information, then have my assistant call you for any additional information. Then, I’ll let you know if your case might be a good fit for my clinic. This assessment is complimentary, with no strings attached. Either I can help you–or point you in the right direction to get help.
Don’t give up! You can recover your health if you persist.
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