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Supporting Mental Health and Combating Anxiety

#anxiety functionalmedicine mental health Jul 03, 2024

In our fast-paced, modern world, anxiety has become an increasingly common struggle. As a functional nurse practitioner, I’ve witnessed firsthand the impact anxiety can have on daily life. However, I’ve also seen how holistic and personalized approaches can make a profound difference. Here are some strategies to support mental health and combat anxiety.

Understanding Anxiety

Anxiety is more than just occasional worry or fear. It’s a persistent, often overwhelming feeling that can interfere with daily activities. Recognizing the signs of anxiety is the first step towards managing it. Symptoms can include excessive worry, restlessness, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, irritability, muscle tension, and sleep disturbances.

Holistic Approach to Mental Health

Functional medicine emphasizes treating the whole person, not just symptoms. This involves understanding the root causes of anxiety, which can include genetic predisposition, environmental factors, and lifestyle choices. By addressing these underlying issues, we can create a more effective and sustainable treatment plan.

Nutrition and Mental Health

What we eat can significantly impact our mental well-being. A diet rich in whole foods, healthy fats, lean proteins, and a variety of fruits and vegetables can support brain health. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish and flaxseeds, and magnesium, found in leafy greens and nuts, are particularly beneficial for reducing anxiety.

Physical Activity

Regular physical activity is a powerful tool for combating anxiety. Exercise releases endorphins, which are natural mood lifters. Whether it’s a brisk walk, yoga, or strength training, finding an activity you enjoy can help manage anxiety and improve overall mental health.

Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques

Practicing mindfulness and relaxation techniques can reduce anxiety by promoting a sense of calm and focus. Techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, and progressive muscle relaxation can help manage stress and improve emotional resilience.

Sleep Hygiene

Quality sleep is crucial for mental health. Establishing a regular sleep routine, creating a restful environment, and avoiding stimulants like caffeine and electronics before bed can improve sleep quality and reduce anxiety symptoms.

Social Support and Professional Help

Building a strong support network of family and friends can provide comfort and reduce feelings of isolation. Additionally, seeking professional help from a therapist or counselor can offer personalized strategies and support. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is particularly effective for treating anxiety.


Combating anxiety involves a multifaceted approach that addresses physical, emotional, and environmental factors. By integrating these strategies into your daily routine, you can support your mental health and lead a more balanced, fulfilling life. Remember, it's important to reach out for help when needed and to be patient with yourself as you navigate this journey.

Your mental health matters, and with the right tools and support, you can overcome anxiety and thrive.

By integrating these holistic strategies, we can create a comprehensive approach to mental health that not only addresses symptoms but also enhances overall well-being. If you’re struggling with anxiety, know that help is available, and taking the first step towards support can make all the difference.

We offer a phone consultation with our Nurse Practitioner, Mackenzie Jones, in which you’ll review your symptoms, goals, and what you may have tried in the past. She will then discuss how she would approach your case. The discovery call is 30 minutes long and the investment is $50. This step is optional. No direct medical advice is given at this appointment. 

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