What are effective lifestyle changes to combat anxiety?


Effective lifestyle changes to combat anxiety include:

  1. Quality Nutrition and Sleep: Regular, ample sleep is essential to regulate the autonomic nervous system and support mental and physical health. It enhances the functioning of fear circuitry and cognition, leading to better control and processing of stressful situations 1.

  2. Social Connection: Interacting with others provides support, can suppress stress-related chemicals, and helps one cope with fear and trauma 1.

  3. Exposure Therapy: For conditions like PTSD, exposure therapy can help by creating new memories that compete with traumatic ones, reducing fear and anxiety for triggering situations 2.

  4. Deliberate Cold Exposure: Regular cold exposure has been shown to help in regulating anxiety and mood, as well as having physical health benefits like reducing abdominal fat and boosting metabolism 3.

    Overcoming Fear

    Andrew discusses the foundational elements of quality nutrition and sleep on a regular basis to support mental and physical health. Good sleep helps regulate the autonomic nervous system and resets the balance of circuits related to fear and cognition. Eating well and social connection are also important indirect supports for trauma relief and overcoming fear.

    Huberman Lab

    Erasing Fears & Traumas Based on the Modern Neuroscience of Fear | Huberman Lab Podcast #49
  5. Mind-Body Techniques: Using strategies that work stress out of the body, like exercise or relaxation exercises, can change how the brain processes stress. Also, changing the environment and introducing safety signals, like comforting items or soothing music, can help mitigate stress triggers 4.

It is beneficial to approach anxiety management holistically, considering both mental and physical health aspects, along with environmental factors.