As April is stress awareness month, it is the perfect time to address the issue that is tirelessly creeping up on us every day.
Whether it’s your email inbox, your journey to work, your relationships or making sure you pay all your bills, living a stressful life has become the norm for many people.
Letting go of stress and worry may seem impossible but by following these simple steps we can be sure you will feel better even if that means practicing them every day.
Anxiety and worry can cause our heart rate to increase and our breathing to go out of control. The next time you feel panic mode, take a moment, breathe into your belly and take control of your breath. Breathe in for a count of 5 seconds, hold it for 4 seconds and breathe out for 5 seconds. Repeat this 5-10 times .
What we tell ourselves is either facts or stories. By creating stories about events, this can perpetuate into stress, worry and anxiety and it’s all made up. So next time you acknowledge worry or stress about a situation ask yourself- is this a fact or is it a story. Most of the time it will be a story so remember that everything will be fine and this is just a story.
What you consume can impact on how you feel. By changing your eating regime and taking on a more whole food approach, this can provide the body with nutrients that nourish the gut and brain. This supports the body’s systems and will also replace foods that may worsen stress such as confectionary and energy drinks. For more info on nutrients for stress read below.
A brisk walk or a morning stretch. Whatever way you choose, move your body. Exercise releases endorphins that will naturally make you feel better to help take back control of your emotions.
In today’s society it is so easy to get caught up with our lives and stay on top of our to do lists that we forget to have fun. Being able to enjoy life and have fun is the best bit, so whatever is getting in your way, acknowledge it and make sure you make some well deserved time to enjoy yourself.
*Today, modern intensive agricultural methods have left our soil and our food mineral poor. This could be having a massive impact on our health and well-being, with several mineral deficiencies being implicated in many illnesses including stress.
Magnesium: research has linked magnesium deficiency with depression and treating some patients with magnesium has been shown to result in rapid recovery from major depression.
Chromium: several studies indicate the importance of chromium in achieving good mental health.
Lithium: known to have antimanic and antidepressant properties.
Selenium: low selenium intake has been shown to be associated with lowered mood status, while intervention studies have shown selenium improves mood and diminishes anxiety.
Zinc: zinc levels have been shown to be lower in those with clinical depression.
Iron: research points to the possible importance of iron in the cause of depression as more women than men have been shown to be clinically depressed. Iron deficiency is also associated with apathy and rapid fatigue.
Although each of these minerals play a role in keeping our minds healthy they all work together in the body and rely on at least 20 other minerals and trace elements for their absorption and metabolism in the body.
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Take 1-2 ampoules daily, 20 minutes before food or one hour before bed.