We can soothe the overwhelm of anxiety through what we do for ourselves.
Anxious friends, hear me now: There is no way to ignore or "hack" care of our bodies. A body that is sick, out of balance, overtired, or undernourished will move into stress overdrive syndrome. The body is under siege from lifestyle influences and biological imbalances—these are entirely under our control—and sends out stress signals that demand our attention to mobilize energy reserves for survival. For many of us this translates into the heightened discomfort of anxiety and of being more easily triggered into anxious states.
My functional medicine background has led me to understand anxiety as a symptom of imbalance, not a disease. Numbing it or medicating it doesn't address the underlying root causes (though may provide much-needed respite for those in real trouble). I've had to contend with my personal biology to discover the ways in which I am more vulnerable to anxiety. A few key corrections to my nutrition and lifestyle have made a world of difference. For all of us, self-care is a critical inroad to smoothing out the rough edges of anxiety.
In many cases, self-care addresses the root causes of anxiety: nourishing food, teas, movement, detoxification, sleep, relaxation, connection, and all the ways we live and care for ourselves. These have powerful influences on our genetics and the internal biology that drives how we feel.