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‘Anxiously Awaiting the Day’ ~ {Quick & Natural Solutions to Calming Free Floating Anxiety }

There exists to this day an underlying thought that ‘mental’ health and ‘physical’ health are two separate entities.  That a disorder involving the mind is independent from an ailment within the body.  Even in the advancing medical age we live in, there remains a stigma on certain symptoms of  disease that fall into the realm of mental health.  ‘Anxiety’ is one of these conditions.

I have dealt with ‘free floating anxiety’ (or Generalized Anxiety Disorder) for many years.  Even typing that last sentence causes me to feel a certain level of shame.  We have been conditioned to see those who struggle with these issues as weak, deficient, or ‘worry wallowers’.  I have been told many times that, “It’s a choice”, “Think about something else”, or “There is a part of you that must ‘enjoy’ worrying”.  I won’t deny that there are times when I let my thoughts run toward the doom and gloom.  But often, there is something that precedes this.   A feeling of ‘fear’ and ‘unease’ not attached to any immediate threat or circumstance.  That is the definition of ‘free floating anxiety’.

Nautal solutions for calming free floating anxiety

As my FMS has increased in severity, the anxiety has worsened as well.  Am I just lacking in moral fiber?  Just not ‘tough’ enough?  I think not.  In fact, there are valid, physiological reasons that may be behind the symptoms associated with anxiety in those who have Fibromyalgia.

Two neurotransmitters that help to stimulate brain cells (Glutamate), and cause a calming effect in the brain (GABA) have been found to be out of whack in FMS patients.  Fibromyalgia suffers have often shown high levels of glutamate, and lower levels of GABA, thus giving a logical reason behind the anxiety factor.   There are studies that show that manipulating these neurotransmitters may help those with FMS.  Not only with anxiety, but also with pain levels.

Of course, the human body and brain are impossibly complex organisms.  Reasons behind struggling with mental and physical health issues are manifold.  I am simply putting forth a snippet of information that will hopefully shed a little light on one of the many symptoms we experience with FMS.  For someone who thrives under ‘reasons and explanations’, I know it has helped me.

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Below is list of foods and supplements that have been shown to aid in lowering glutamate levels and raising the level of GABA in the brain:

  • Bananas
  • Broccoli
  • Oranges
  • Almonds
  • Spinach
  • Whole Wheat
  • Walnuts
  • Olive Oil
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • L-Theanine~ found in tea leaves.  Believed to be the reason why tea has a ‘calming effect’ in spite of containing caffeine.
  • Valerian~ a medicinal herb thought to increase levels of GABA. (make take up to three weeks for effect)

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    Elizabeth (Plant Based Bride)
    January 27 at 6:24 pm

    Thank you for sharing! I have just started to look into my anxiety and seek assistance. I hope to find a way to improve my day to day anxiety soon (and hope yours improves, as well!)

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      kristine
      January 27 at 6:31 pm

      Your so welcome Elizabeth! Getting rid of the stigma attached to anxiety is so key. Hope you find someone who is caring and helpful to address the anxiety. Thanks for stoppin’! 🙂

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    Rene
    January 28 at 6:53 am

    I have been living with anxiety for so long now, I actually thought it was just my personality. Last year I cut out caffeine and that helped me understand what was overstimulation and what was anxiety for me. I still struggle and sometimes it feels so physical and out of the blue that I am sure it is related to some hormonal/chemical imbalance from my fibromyalgia. GABA is great and Sleepytime tea in the afternoon suits me just fine :). Thanks for sharing!

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      kristine
      January 28 at 9:05 am

      Hi Rene! Thanks you for the ‘tea tip’ 😉 I think some of our personalities may be pre disposed to anxiety, but that FMS exacerbates it, and throws our scales out of balance. So glad to see you here, thanks for stoppin’! 🙂

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    Marla
    January 29 at 11:22 am

    HI Kristine,
    This is a excellent post. Anyone that says anxiety and depression is a choice has no idea what they are talking about and i can bet you that they have never dealt with it. Yes we have a choice if we want to try to help ourselves or not but pain of FMS and other chronic pain conditions are usually interlocked with anxiety and depression because they both affect how the brain works. I use a supplement callled L-Theanine that helps me some with anxiety. Each person is different though and the wrong type of food for some people can be factor in depression & anxiety. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & twitted!

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      kristine
      January 29 at 6:30 pm

      Hi to you Marla! You’re dead on! I hate when people who don’t know what they are talking about, call it a ‘choice’. If we could, we’d CHOOSE not to be anxious, fearful, or depressed! Sheesh, a little compassion here. Have a wonderful weekend Marla, and thank you so much as always for your thoughtful/helpful comments~ 🙂

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    Nikki Frank-Hamilton
    January 29 at 6:09 pm

    Kristine, there’s a whole lot of anxiety in our household, these are great suggestions and information, I’m going to keep your list in my phone so I can add these foods to my grocery list. Thanks so sharing, this is really great timing and I needed to see this. I hope you are feeling well. xoxoxo

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      kristine
      January 29 at 6:27 pm

      HA! HA! I know all about ‘a whole lot of anxiety’ Nikki! Cheers to you my friend! Have a wonderful weekend 😉

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    Deborah Davis
    February 3 at 7:08 pm

    Hi Kristine,
    This is so helpful. The right foods can make such a difference. I have been sharing your valuable posts with a dear friend who often experiences anxiety. Thank you for sharing Natural Solutions to Calming Free Floating Anxiety at the Plant-Based Potluck Party! I’m Pinning and sharing!
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      kristine
      February 3 at 8:58 pm

      Thanks as always Deborah! Hope your friend is well 🙂

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