Psychotherapy is excellent for anxiety and I always refer my clients to a psychologist for counselling alongside the treatment I prescribe for them.
The light-headedness and dizziness you describe could possibly be because you are not breathing properly - often anxious people are “chest-breathers” rather than “stomach-breathers” and this leads to hyperventilation syndrome. Biofeedback is an excellent tool to help you learn how to control your breathing.
Also deep breathing exercises are helpful. When feeling anxious, try breathing in for a count of 5 and breathe out for a count of 10 and say the word “relax” as you breathe out. Try to conciously relax your muscles while doing this.
There are a few diet and lifestyle recommendations I give my clients with anxiety:
1) Eliminate caffeine from your diet - this includes coffee, tea, chocolate and soft drinks containing caffeine (like coca-cola).
2) Eliminate alcohol - alcohol can contribute to anxiety.
3) Eliminate sugary foods and drinks - biscuits, cakes, lollies, soft drinks, cordial. Sugar causes blood sugar fluctuations which can aggravate anxiety.
4) Foods which nourish the nervous system include whole grains (especially oats), fresh vegetables, nuts and seeds and protein.
5) Exercise every day - exercise releases “feel-good” chemicals and reduces stress hormones.
6) Get a weekly massage if you can afford it - the power of touch is amazingly healing
7) Learn to meditate or go to a yoga class (it's not just for chicks! Plenty of guys in those classes!)
8) Make sure you take time out to relax often. When watching movies, try to get comedies - laughing releases feel good hormones.
I conducted a webinar on anxiety last year and a copy is available on CD for only $20.
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