How to Cope with Anxiety

We’ve all experienced anxiety at some point in our lives. For some of us it’s chronic and for others it may be more situational. But right now, with the outbreak of COVID-19, there is no denying that our collective anxiety is at an all-time high. According to Dr. Ellen Vora, you can minimize your anxiety naturally, no matter where you fall on the spectrum.

Having graduated from Columbia University medical school and Yale University undergrad, Dr. Vora is a board-certified psychiatrist, acupuncturist, and yoga teacher specializing in depression, anxiety, insomnia, women’s mental health, adult ADHD, autoimmunity and digestive issues. As a renowned leader in mental health, she speaks around the country, and her teachings are regularly featured on sites like goop and mindbodygreen.

While in medical school, Ellen experienced her own mental health challenges, but never quite felt satisfied with the solutions that were offered to her. Feeling as if she was being treated as a collection of ailments rather than a whole person, Ellen went on to develop a compassionate and functional medicine approach to mental health which addresses the root problem rather than automatically prescribing medication to suppress symptoms.

Now running her own holistic psychiatry practice in New York, Ellen is on a mission to help people cope with their anxiety by focusing on real food, adequate (and better) sleep, gut health, connection to the body’s innate wisdom, and other ways to create peace and ease.

“Anxiety can be our body communicating to us that something is out of balance.” ~Ellen Vora, MD

In this episode, you’ll learn: 

  • How blood sugar and anxiety are interconnected
  • A genius hack to manage anxiety when you’re in a pinch
  • Why our obsession with labels and vilifying food groups can contribute to poor health
  • Why you should avoid diet dogma and getting stuck in a label
  • Ways to eat intuitively that allow for flexibility
  • Practical tools to help you tune in to your intuition and listen to your body
  • A simple exercise to overcome uncertainty and make aligned decisions
  • Why creating boundaries around news and monitoring your “information diet” is key to controlling anxiety
  • Specific tools to help eradicate fear and stress during COVID-19
  • Ways to create community during a global pandemic and beyond

You’ll feel empowered to implement lifestyle shifts to calm your nervous system and reduce anxiety right now.

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Resources:

Website: ellenvora.com

Instagram: @ellenvoramd

Facebook: @ellenvoramd

YouTube: Ellen Vora, MD – Holistic Psychiatrist

Ellen’s Online Group: Holistic Approaches to Mental Health Online Group & Coping With Coronavirus

Course: How to Control Anxiety

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