I’ve had social anxiety since I smoked weed in my last year of high school, 8 years ago. I think it triggered the anxiety in my brain. I tried Klonopin and Xanax, which both worked well but I built up a tolerance and became dependent.
For the last 6 months I have really tweaked my diet and exercise and supplement use, as well as read books on overcoming the anxiety because I was so fed up, and I have gotten rid of most of it.
I just wanted to share these things with you in the hopes that it will help other people.
Here they are:
Gym everyday - at the least 20 mins on the treadmill. If you don’t have a membership jog around the neighborhood. I find that cardio is the best.
Cut out wheat, sugar, dairy, and alcohol - if you are seriously suffering from SA then the thought of getting better will overpower missing out on your bagel and cream cheese. If you want to be stricter, google anti-inflammatory diet.
Eating one meal a day. I noticed I felt the anxiety creep up after I ate a meal so I wait to eat a late dinner right before bed. It has really helped! It will get easier over the 3 day hump. If you get really hungry try drinking some water with apple cider vinegar.
Taking supplements. These include: magnesium (Calm drink from Whole Foods), vitamin B complex, multi-vitamin, vitamin D so I don’t get seasonal effective disorder in the winter, ashwaganda, lemon balm tea, and astragalus.
Drinking a lot of water. It fights inflammation in the brain which will decrease anxiety.
Helpful books. These are more spiritual and conceptual. They give me a different perspective on the world and really help me to see things differently.
-Infinite Possibilities, by Mike Dooley
-The Intention Experiment, by Lynne McTaggart