Adults With Social Anxiety
This is dedicated to all of you adults who have gotten through all the difficult stages of your social anxiety, treat yourself to something extra special today. Many adults even though they have gotten through the past stages of this condition, still struggle socially at times with new experiences. I am no exception by any means, I still have to push myself at times to interact socially. For those of you who are still being very much controlled by your condition, today we will begin from scratch to learn how to deal with our social anxiety one step at a time.
Social Anxiety Triggers
Most of you who are adults understands there are triggers which increases your symptoms, for the younger people this might not be fully understood by them at this time. We will address learning our triggers and how to cope with them better, first we must decrease our symptoms enough to be stable enough to focus on our triggers and how to cope with them in future articles.
Anxiety And Nutrition
Anyone who has been reading my articles knows how much nutrition has improved my symptoms and my quality of life, all of you realize I am sure when your feeling low on energy your symptoms are much more severe and control you much more at this time then at any other time in your life. A person can appear extremely healthy, they may appear to be at the perfect weight. At the same time, this same person may suffer from low energy because their nutritional needs are not exactly up to par. Low energy is the most common health problem for the majority of the people today, this is not for a lack of enough food in most cases. The reason for this is our bodies are not receiving enough nutrition from the foods we consume, so our first step will be to focus on improving our diets and increasing our nutritional levels.
How To Do A Elimination Diet
First off I do not believe in diets, I believe in a healthy lifestyle with foods which provide the individual person the nutrition they require to feel their best. I hope doing a elimination diet does not turn too many people away, but sadly there are foods in our diets which are our triggers to our social anxiety symptoms. Everyone has some foods which does not work well with their brain and body chemistry, think of these foods as allergy foods which will cause your symptoms to become much more severe. The elimination diet is not difficult to do, what is difficult is it takes patience and a little time to sort out which foods are your triggers. Here are the steps I used to do my own elimination diet, please seriously give this a try and it might amaze you how much less severe your symptoms will become.
First week you consume only vegetables, fruit, beef, poultry and fish
Second week you add one new food to your diet at a time, by doing this you will find out if the new food is one of your triggers.
Continue to add one new food each week so narrow down your trigger foods, of course omit any foods you already are aware of which are triggers or you have allergic reactions.
During your first week you should notice an improvement in your symptoms, you should experience less severe anxiety. Feel calmer, even possibly experience physical improvements such as improved energy levels and your mental fatigue and processing may improve more then you would imagine.
When adding your new food if you experience increased symptoms stop consuming that food, if your symptoms decrease this is one of your trigger foods you wish to avoid.
How I started my elimination diet was by purchasing a notebook or journal from my favorite dollar store, writing my foods down seems to help me focus on what foods might be causing me problems when I have a flare up with my symptoms. This is just a suggestion what worked well for me, today you can use many digital gadgets to track your diet and fitness goals. Keep an online journal is pretty simple, most of us today are online most days.
The food we put into our bodies have a much more dramatic impact on our health then many people realize, especially when it comes to our brain functioning. For me, I experienced enough improvement in my symptoms to allow me to move forward with learning how to deal with my social anxiety without medication. My trigger foods are grains(gluten) and the majority of dairy foods, this has been a huge adjustment in my life. For me, the sacrifice of these trigger foods are well worth the improvement I have experienced in my life, without doing the elimination diet I would not be where I am today. If everyday your putting your trigger foods into your body, your just not healthy enough to move to the next steps. I tired for years to add a wide variety of coping skills to improve my symptoms, until I realized it was some of the foods I was consuming it just was not possible for me. By eliminating your trigger foods, besides decreasing your symptoms you also increasing your nutritional levels.
Today I am free from all my anxiety medications, in the past I was on several different medications for my anxiety symptoms.