Keep Calm and Carry On
Long days at work or at home in lockdown, lack of time with the family and friends, money worries, and let's not even talk about Covid - many everyday situations create stress on the body and the mind. Some anxiety is normal, and in fact healthy, but a constant, prolonged state of anxiety can lead to mental and physical problems.
Keeping stress at comfortable levels seems to be the key to physical and mental well-being. We know that prolonged stress significantly impacts and contributes to a myriad of health problems, including the development of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, certain immune function disorders, gastrointestinal problems, and deficits in memory and cognitive (brain) function.
Along with anxiety and insomnia, depression is a major problem in modern society, with anti-depressant medications being commonly prescribed to help people cope with everyday life. In this article we will be looking at some natural treatment alternatives, that when coupled with a healthy diet and lifestyle choices, can have a significant effect on stress and the side effects it can bring.
Here are some tips on how we can support ourselves.
Talk about how you are feeling – For some of us it can be hard to express how we are really feeling or don’t want to burden others, but getting your feelings out of your head and having a conversation about your thoughts can make a huge impact to your mental health. There are lots of helplines available that are completely confidential, if you don’t feel comfortable talking to friends and family.
Exercise – When we are not feeling the best, it can be hard to get the motivation to do anything, but exercise is a great way to reignite that motivation and it has been scientifically proven that exercise increases Endorphins, which act to increase feelings of pleasure and well-being and also to reduce pain and discomfort
Have a good laugh - Laughter has been known to strengthen your immune system, boost your mood, reduce pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh.
Let’s take a look at some nutritional products that can be used
Clinicians Sleep Science helps to support quality sleep at night and provide a calming, non-drowsy effect by day. An ideal product for those with high cortisol, high stress and sleep problems related to cortisol issues
New Era No.6 is known as Nature’s Tranquiliser. This powerful mineral provides rapid support for symptoms of anxiety, stress, nervous tension and hyper-sensitivity. It promotes feelings of calm and contentment, whilst supporting concentration, memory and mood and can aid in a more restful sleep. Safe and suitable for the whole family.
Doctor’s Best L-Theanine is an amino acid that plays a key role in mood support and promote a calm, relaxed mood. Research suggests that L-theanine may affect the levels of certain chemicals in the brain the influence mood, sleep, and emotion, and cortisol, which helps the body deal with stress.
Now Foods Sustained Release B-100 provides energy and helps to cope with stress over a sustained period of time. B vitamins are needed to make energy from foods, and to make and maintain DNA, genes, cells, tissues, organs, and enzyme functions.