I’ve suffered with anxiety since I was younger but towards the end of last year, I had burned myself out, and my anxiety was at an all time high. I promised that this year, I would get my anxiety under control and I have (for now).
Over the last while, I’ve taken time to educate myself about anxiety in general and also, to identify my triggers.
2 of the things that trigger my anxiety are tiredness and PMS. I wanted to tell you a bit about them and what I’m doing to help myself.
Disclaimer: I feel like I should add a disclaimer here to the effect of, I’m not a doctor. While I have done my best to ensure the information in this post is factually accurate, you should consult your doctor if you’re considering adding supplements to your routine.
Similarly, I can only share my experience with you, this may not help everyone, especially people with severe anxiety. To you, I send love, cuddles and reassurance that you can get better <3
Tiredness & Anxiety
Mornings are usually hard for me because if I had a restless night, I would wake up with a stomach full of butterflies. But lately, I definitely have more energy (more on this below)! Consequently, I’m drinking less coffee which is a trigger itself. It’s like a never ending circle!
I couldn’t sleep the night before so I’d drink a load of coffee the next day. But then because of the caffeine, I’d be jittery at night and not be able to sleep again. My anxiety was through the roof!
Also, when I’m tired, my brain is tired and so I find it hard to rationalise my thoughts. The solution then is for me not to be tired or in other words… have energy. Cue the supplements…
Sona B Complex Time Release
If you go to the doctor regarding anxiety, they will test you for a B12 deficiency in most cases (mine didn’t’ now that I think of it!). That’s because your nervous system relies on an adequate amount of B12 to function properly. A deficiency can lead to anxiety and/or have a negative impact on your mood. If you’re found to be deficient, treatment options include B12 shots or supplements.
So I read this and thought it was an avenue worth exploring. Alas, I purchased the Sona B Complex Time Release Capsules in Allcare Pharmacy. They claim to help with mental performance, energy metabolism and reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
I didn’t feel a thing for about 18 days (I documented it on my Instagram) but after that, I was bouncing out of the bed in the mornings and as I said, I struggle with mornings.
The supplements also contain a dose of B6 which is helpful, because it contributes to the regulation of hormonal activity. Speaking of regulating hormones… :p
PMS & Anxiety
What’s PMS you ask? My good pals at the HSE (not really!) define it as:
“Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is the name given to the physical, psychological and behavioural symptoms that can occur in the two weeks before a woman’s monthly period. It is also known as premenstrual tension (PMT)“.
Ring a bell? It may not with everyone but I for one definitely suffer with the psychological and behavioural symptoms of PMS and always have done. Remember I said above I have been trying to identify what triggers my anxiety? Well, it turns out that for the most part, my anxiety would come around at the same time every month! That time when my hormones were wreaking havoc on my mind and body.
So I started taking my Evening Primrose Rose Oil again and it works for me! It takes a few weeks to build up in your system (3 to 6 capsules per day) like the Sona B Complex (1 per day).
Evening Primrose Oil
There’s not as much science backing the effectiveness of Evening Primrose Oil as there is with B Vitamins. It’s more a herbal solution than a medicinal one. Similarly, it’s not clear how effective it is on PMS but the brand I take (see below) contains Vitamin B6 which as I said, regulates hormones.
Look, all I know is that the little conconction I take (link below), relieves my PMS symptoms and, if you suffer badly too, it is worth a shot! I’m not the only one amongst my friends and family who swears by this.
They’re usually buy one get one for one cent at Holland and Barrett. Browse here (remember to get the 1000mg version if you’re purchasing).
These are just 2 of my triggers and 2 of the things I’m doing to help myself. I also love to read books on anxiety, to understand it more. My new favourite is “Owning it: Your Bullshit free Guide to Living with Anxiety” and you can read some more of my favourites here. Also, my cousin wrote a guest blog post on tips for managing anxiety before, I think it and she, are amazing.
Thanks so much for reading. Is it ironic that I’m anxious posting this blog post!