Anxiety is often an emotion we can find ourselves overwhelmed by; the boss is piling on work, deadlines are closing in, even smaller things like forgetting to buy groceries can all stack up. You start to lose sleep, you feel on edge and shaken, exhaustion kicks in and everything seems impossibly difficult to achieve. It is easy to lose yourself in that feeling of restless uneasiness and fear – it’s unproductive and often unpleasant. You can find yourself feeling stuck with no way to alleviate the symptoms. Anxiety is often a contributor to many chronic illnesses and can hinder the work of conventional medicine. Listed here are some easy, natural ways to manage and deal with your stress and anxiety.
- Eat a healthy, clean and balanced diet
Many studies have shown that diets have a major impact on your mental and physical sense of wellbeing. Consumption of too few or too many calories can have huge impacts on your emotions. Being hungry or underfed can lead to exhaustion and make anxiety much harder to bear. Too many calories can lead to weight gain and can contribute to a negative self-image. Poor diet choices can cause huge fluctuations in blood sugar levels throughout the day, which can cause wild mood swings, jitteriness, and fatigue.
Ensuring that you are consuming nutrient rich, anti-inflammatory foods can help alleviate many symptoms of anxiety. Lean protein, unrefined carbohydrates and healthy fats are essential to keeping your body well-fed and able to handle stressful situations. Pair this with nutrient rich foods, high in magnesium, calcium and vitamin B, and you’re one step closer to a happier, healthier you!
- Wild caught fish such as salmon and tuna are an excellent source of heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids.
- Leafy greens such as spinach, kale and collard greens will give you a hefty boost in just about everything! High in vitamin A, K, calcium, and many others, you can’t go wrong with a hearty dose of greens.
- Fresh fruits are an excellent way to get some unprocessed sugar in your diet and are high in fibre and many other essential nutrients!
- Nuts are an excellent way to get a nutrient and calorie dense snack between meals. They pack in a decent amount of protein and many essential nutrients, such as Magnesium and vitamin E.
Eggs are a great source of vitamin B-12 and have a whopping dose of many other nutrients that you require. They’re an egg-cellent way to start your day!
- Limit your intake of anxiety inducing foods
Sugary processed foods, alcohol and caffeine are all known to exacerbate anxiety. The refined carbohydrates in processed foods cause intense blood sugar highs and crashes, which can contribute to your feelings of stress and anxiety. Maintaining your blood sugar levels are important to sustaining your energy throughout the day and keeping yourself level and calm. Caffeine increases your heart rate and causes jitteriness, particularly in people who are known to be susceptible to anxiety. Alcohol has similar such effects, and both substances alter your mood and cause nervousness. Limiting your intake of both can prove very helpful in stress management.
- Take your supplements
It can often be difficult to ensure that you’re getting all the essential nutrients you require throughout the day and sometimes you need a little helping hand. By taking supplements, you are ensuring that your diet has everything you need to keep your insides healthy and working well. Keeping up your doses of Magnesium and Vitamin B are very important to keeping your mental health in tip-top condition.
Magnesium has many roles to play in the body, though it is often a nutrient that you can be deficient in. It can be used to aid with anxiety, indigestion, difficulty with sleeping, and muscle pain. M&R Essentials Pure Magnesium Glycinate is an excellent source of this vital nutrient, with no additives and none of the bowel intolerance issues that are often associated with Magnesium supplements. Its high bio-availability guarantees fast absorption for quick relief.
B Vitamins are key players in your body’s ability to combat stress. By maintaining a healthy nervous system, boosting your mood and balancing sugar levels, B complexes are a sure way to keep your mind in a better place. M&R Essentials Pure B is a plant-based, all natural B complex friendly to those following a gluten free or vegan diet. Taking 1-2 capsules a day will ensure you get a broad spectrum of those essential B vitamins.
Homeopathic treatments can also be highly effective in helping balance your body naturally. By providing you with micro-doses of mineral, botanical and biological substances, they assist the body’s natural system of healing. M&R Essentials Stress Less Tonic is an excellent treatment for helping your body deal with stress and periods of high anxiety.
- Get your rest
Lack of sleep has huge implications on your stress and anxiety levels. Sleep is important in ensuring your body gets a full reset, by balancing your hormones and preventing feelings of fatigue, paranoia and excessive stress. It is important to have a good wind down process before bed time so that when you hit the hay, your mind is ready for a peaceful night’s sleep.
Distancing yourself from any gadgets and screens one hour prior to an allocated bed time can help your ability to fall asleep. The blue light from your screens messes up your natural circadian rhythms and makes falling asleep that much harder. Having some discipline with your sleep schedule can be hugely helpful in making sure that your body is ready to deal with life’s stresses when you wake up.
Sometimes, if you need a little bit more of a helping hand getting that full night’s rest, there are other options to aid in the process. M&R Essentials Sleep Tight Tonic is a highly effective homeopathic remedy for restless sleep or insomnia. The all natural tonic calms the mind and encourages a full night’s sleep.
Sometimes, even with all the remedies and supplements in place, anxiety can become overwhelming. Seeking outside help from a therapist can become a necessity and can be a hugely helpful step when your anxiety becomes highly unmanageable and debilitating.