It’s no surprise that what you put in to your body has a direct and significant impact on you and your mental health, some of these things can result in additional stress and anxiety.
Of all the things we have researched, it seems that caffeine is the most notorious for raising symptoms of anxiety and triggering panic attacks. Many reports have shown that people feel a lot calmer and sleep better after they have reduced their caffeine intake. Caffeine is a stimulant, and although it can make you feel more alert and more awake, some common negative results of too much caffeine are:
- Difficulty concentrating
Caffeine is not only found in coffee, but also in many types of tea, carbonated drinks, chocolate, energy drinks and more.
If you have to much caffeine in your diet and you are prone to generalised anxiety or panic attacks it would be a good idea to reduce your caffeine intake. Although, as with any addictive drug, the withdrawals of an intense caffeine intake from your system can cause feelings of fatigue, depression and headaches.
But bear in mind that this is the body’s normal response to removing the caffeine from your system. As an alternative to caffeine I would recommend to introduce decaf coffee and herbal teas in to your diet.