Bills, work, exams, traffic, relationships - life’s demands can pile up at times, but the trick is not to let the pile fall on top of you. Here’s two simple strategies that can help you through stressful times.
Easy diet and lifestyle hacks to help you handle stress
Diet and lifestyle play a huge role in how we handle stress and just a couple of easy tweaks can change the way your body responds to stress, helping give your body and brain a boost to help you stress less:
Build your brain with proteinA palm size portion of protein with every meal helps balance blood sugar levels, helping stabilise moods. Stress also interferes with the brain chemicals that control mood (like serotonin), affecting our ability to handle and perceive stress, and protein helps support healthy levels of these mood-controllers.
Curb the caffeineAs much as a caffeine-boost seems like the answer, it often worsens the problem. Caffeine excites our brain, then then lets it come crashing down later. If fatigue and concentration are the problem, there are Natural Medicines that can help.
Move that stressRegular exercise helps produce anti-stress chemicals, so you can cope better. It’s also a good way to pound out some of that stress energy. Aim for 20 minutes three times a week.
BreatheTake five mins every day to focus on breathing. Slowed breathing (in for seven seconds/out for eight) helps calm your nervous system response and can help slow those racing thoughts.
Get your groove onMake time to do things that make you happy - whatever it is. Relaxation and fun helps increase mood-enhancing chemicals and reduce the accumulating effects of stress.
Don’t be tempted by boozeIt may seem like it helps at the time, but you’ll probably feel worse the next day and just as stressed. Alcohol also depletes vital stress-coping vitamins and minerals, making the problem worse long-term.
Get support - naturally
If you’ve been stressed for too long and it’s causing you problems, you probably need a helping hand, and there’s some really effective natural ingredients that have been shown to help our mind, body and emotions during times of stress.
Ginseng for stress/fatigue support
Ginseng is well-known for its anti-stress effects. There’s actually 5 different types of ginseng from around the globe and all of them help the body during stress. If you’re feeling stressed and fatigued, look for a supplement that contains all five ginsengs.
B less stressed
B vitamins are essential to supporting healthy brain and body function during times of stress. When B vitamin levels are low, you can feel tired and mentally/emotionally ‘off’ which will make you more prone to stress. Use a multivitamin that contains at least 50 mg of each B vitamin for the best stress reduction.
Mellow with Magnesium
Magnesium is a vital mineral needed to keep us calm and relaxed, and when we’re stressed we use a lot of it, leaving our mind and body over-stimulated and tense. Look for a high-strength, easily absorbable magnesium supplement to help relax your muscles and turn the volume down on your stress.