Ease Your Anxiety the Natural Way

Ease your anxiety the natural way

HALF of young women are worried about mental health!

We all go through periods of stress in our lives were we feel that things are getting on top of us, and more than ever people are suffering with anxiety.

After cancelled some of her concerts in the summer, Ellie Goulding admitted she had been suffering from exhaustion and anxiety.

Ellie Goulding cancelled concert due to anxiety

She told Stylist:

“I’d have panic attacks and, to me, they felt like I was dying of a heart attack. It’s a very hot, burning feeling, like your heart is racing uncontrollably which is extra scary for me because I actually have a heart defect.”

“Too many people are quiet about mental health. When you feel anxiety, it’s a very lonely feeling. It makes you feel like you’re the only person in the world feeling that way.”

And she’s not the only one – Many young celebrities have been vocal about their anxiety. Jennifer Lawrence, Taylor Swift and the Jenner sisters have all spoken out about suffering from anxiety, and it’s not surprising that they are all young women!

The Kendall sisters suffering from anxiety

New research by the Young Women’s Trust has shown that this generation of young women are more likely to suffer with anxiety and have lower confidence levels.

Young women are feeling overwhelmed primarily by work, housing and financial problems. The study also revealed almost half of young women are worried about their mental health.

Earlier this summer, research from Cambridge University found that women are found to be almost twice as likely to be affected by anxiety than men.

We’ve gathered our top 5 tips to help you ease your daily anxieties:

1. Up Your Serotonin Levels

If you suffer with anxiety it is incredibly important to boost your feel good hormone, serotonin, whenever you can.

Dr Marilyn Glenville, the UK’s leading nutritionist, and Author of ‘Natural Alternatives to Sugar’, explains how a simple change in your diet can work wonders:

“The body makes serotonin from tryptophan, which occurs naturally in foods such as dairy products, fish, bananas, dried dates, soya, almonds and peanuts. The manufacture of serotonin depends on how much tryptophan is transported into your brain. Combining the foods mentioned above with unrefined carbohydrates, such as brown rice, wholemeal bread or oats, helps the body to release insulin to help tryptophan uptake to the brain. A good example would be to kick start your day with eggs and wholemeal toast for breakfast.”

2. Know When To Say No

When you are getting pulled in a million different directions it can quickly become overwhelming. Make sure you prioritise the most central thing in your life, your health.

Marilyn says:

“If you feel the symptoms of stress coming on, learn to get your priorities right. There is nothing in your life right now more important than your health. Learn to say no if you feel that you have taken on too much.”

3. Get in your Omega 3

Why Omega 3 is important to help ease anxiety

Diet is the easiest way to nourish your brain and body. Shona Wilkinson, nutritionist at Superfood UK, explains:

“Oily fish contains DHA, which contributes toward brain health; research has also shown that the omega three found in oily fish helps in reducing anxiety. Anxiety is something which is often peaking at the end of a busy day so by eating this omega rich meal you will be helping to support your body through this period.”

4. Feed both your brains

There is a strong connection between the brain and the gut, with scientists now referring to the gut as our second brain. Chronic stress can lead to negative changes within the gut, whilst relaxation promotes gut health. You can further aid gut health and digestion with supplemental probiotics. With this in mind, The Nutrition Insider offers a useful guide to the 7 best probiotics for women available at this time.

Lily Soutter, nutritionist and weight loss expert, explains:

“90% of serotonin is located within our gut, with only 10% in the brain. Our gut is jam packed full of bacteria which has a strong positive influence on serotonin production which relays information to the brain. No wonder probiotics can have such an effect on our happy hormones!”


Adrienne Benjamin, nutritionist at ProVen Probiotics suggests:

“To balance your gut flora consider a good quality live bacteria supplement, such as Pro-Ven Adult 25 Billion (Boots, £13.95) and include fermented foods in your daily diet. Go for natural yoghurt, miso soup, sauerkraut, kimchi and kambucha.”

5. Get Outside

Around two thirds of people tend to eat more during stressful periods! When we are under stress, many of us go for sugar or high fat comfort foods to counteract tension.

It is important of getting outside not matter what the weather, as Lily explains:

“It’s important to take advantage of any rays of sunshine during the winter months to soak up some vitamin D. Fresh air, exercise and nature can also help to reduce the stress hormone cortisol, which ultimately can boost immunity.”

Jordan Harris

Jordan is a current university student and has enjoyed an international upbringing across Asia and the UK. Self-confessed handbag hoarder and stationary queen, she is pursuing a career in the world of journalism.