Followers of Coppa della Maga would know that our brand not only stands for healthy food and indulgence, but also for the importance of a well-balanced, mind- and soul- fulfilling lifestyle in order to care for our mental health. Besides from good nutrition, our overall wellbeing and happiness is dependent on other factors such as our work-life balance, physical activity, how mindful we are and who we surround ourselves with. Today 1 in 4 people suffer from a mental health disorder. Unlike stress that typically has a specific trigger, anxiety may appear out of the blue, leaving the sufferer in a constant state of apprehension and fear. Anxiety can affect people physically, psychologically and behaviourally.
Anxiety attacks can often occur at night. During a normal busy day, running from one meeting to the next and juggling multiple tasks, the brain is simply too busy to worry and feel anxious. At night, however, when there is a lack of distraction, we are forced to confront our thoughts. What makes things harder is people often become their own worst enemy and predict an anxiety attack before it’s begun, this can then lead to a very vicious cycle. That’s why it’s extremely important to learn different strategies which aim to keep anxiety under control.The good news is that there is a biological explanation behind anxiety and it is something people can overcome.
- First and foremost – do not panic! Recognize the anxiety that you experience. The mere labelling of the feeling makes it less powerful over our emotions. Try not to engage with your thoughts and find a distraction;
- Practice a breathing exercise. As simple as it sounds, it can actually work! Inhale through your nose, hold your breath, exhale counting to four. Such deep breathing calms your nerves and brings more oxygen to the brain all of which leads to decreased feeling of anxiety;
- Train your brain to find at least two good reasons of every negative event you start to worry about;
- Write down a couple of positive things every day and try to spend your time with happy, positive people;
- Work out as often as possible, whether it be a brisk walk or a run on the treadmill. Movement helps our body processes the extra cortisol, can calm you down and reduce symptoms of anxiety;
- Last, but not least, have some time for yourself so you can practice self-care. Indulge in your favourite TV show, run a hot bath or have a scoop of your favourite ice cream: http://coppadellamaga.co.uk/ice-cream/flavours/, whatever it may be, do something that makes you smile!