How to Control Anxiety
Anxiety medication? More like bitch mints. These 7 tips will help you control your stress naturally.
By Anna Davies
#2. EAT CARBOHYDRATES
Carbohydrates have a bad rap, but complex ones — slow-metabolism carbs found in foods like brown rice, potatoes, and pasta — contain serotonin, which you’re in short supply of when you’re stressed. Try turkey and avocado on a whole grain wrap for lunch; avocado contains seratonin and turkey contains the compound phenylaline, which your brain converts to the feel-good neurotransmitter dopamine.
#3. BRAG ABOUT YOURSELF
Finally a reason to boast about your enormous … brain. Before a high-pressure situation, think about all the things you’re good at. You can even try writing them down on paper. It will feel a little weird, but seeing your positive attributes — maybe you killed it as a presentation or you totally pwned noobz on League of Legends — not only takes your mind off whatever’s going on, but it reminds you that you can learn how to control anxiety, says Christopher Willard, PhD, a psychologist in Harvard Square, MA.