The Importance of Regular Eating for Anxiety
Managing anxiety with food and healthy ingredients isn’t just about eating the right foods. It is also equally as important to eat regularly throughout the day. That means having 3 delicious meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) with some snacks in between. When you skip meals or don’t eat enough, your body experiences a drop in blood sugar levels.
As your blood sugar levels drop you can experience a host of unpleasant symptoms. Symptoms can include feelings of nervousness, jitters, light-headedness, fatigue, racing heart, and more. When you are anxious and stressed most of the day and nearly every day of the week, your body over produces adrenaline. Not only does over production of adrenaline wreak havoc on your body, but when anxiety subsides your blood sugar level can drop even more. Talk about making your already burdensome anxiety feels even worse.
For some, it feels challenging to eat proper meals throughout the day. School, work, kids, family activities, or friends often make it hard to eat at regular intervals throughout the day. This leads to skipping meals or grabbing an unhealthy meal/snack.
What I have found is most helpful to me was creating an actual eating schedule for my day-to-day life. Sitting down, creating a plan, and dedicating yourself to your eating goals motivates you to stick to your anti-anxiety eating schedule! Physically writing your eating schedule down gives you something to actual look at as a reminder as well. You are more likely to stick to a plan you took the time to write and schedule out.
Create Your Eating Schedule
Make this a fun experience! For this exercise, you will be combining 2 important anxiety relieving tips:
- You are creating your anti-anxiety eating schedule to keep your blood sugar levels in check. This will help fight off worsening feelings of anxiety throughout the day.
- Mindfulness! Gather your paper, pens, markers, colored pencils, or whatever medium you want to use. Fully immerse yourself in this experience. Take this time out of your day to have fun, get creative, and unwind. Use fun colors, make little drawings on the side. Focus completely and totally on the task at hand.
You may feel a little silly doing this, but it’s a great way to practice mindfulness and take some time to distract yourself from your anxieties.
Although this will vary from person to person, I like to create my schedule to make sure I’m never going more than 3 hours or so without eating. I found this is what generally works the best for me. The days when I do skip a meal, say lunch, I can feel the effects during the afternoon. I’m moody, my head starts to hurt, and my anxiety will worsen.
Although creating an eating schedule and eating at regular intervals won’t solely manage your anxiety, it is an extra step to ass to your anxiety fighting arsenal. You can add this into your daily routine to help stop blood sugar drops and stop anxiety from getting even worse. So, try it out. See what it can do for you. I bet you will be pleasantly surprised 🙂
Questions for you:
- Do you eat regularly throughout the day?
- Do you typically skip meals?
- Have you ever tried an eating schedule to help improve your anxiety?