Whether you're working, studying, or raising a family, there's never a good time to feel stressed or anxious.
If you're an adult struggling with stress or anxiety, you'll know all too well just how much it can impact your day to day life. For this post, I am relying on the expertise of our Nourished Life Naturopath, Melanie Ruckley, to put together a useful guide on how to alleviate stress naturally. With a few habitual changes and some relaxing natural products, you may see a significant difference. It's all about taking the time to care for yourself!
Nourished Life Naturopath's top picks!
Melanie's favourite combination for fighting stress begins with the Ethical Nutrients Super B Daily Stress + $34.95. This supplement may assist in periods of stress as it can help to improve mental performance in stressed people, as well as reduce stress related physical and mental fatigue as it helps to improve mental performance and physical fatigue.
Always read the label and use only as directed. If symptoms persist consult your healthcare practitioner. Vitamins can only be of assistance if the dietary vitamin intake is inadequate. WARNING - this product contains pyridoxine hydrochloride which may be dangerous when used in large amounts or for a long time.
The Ethical Nutrients Mega Magnesium Powder $39.95, consists of high strength magnesium optimised for metabolic efficiency. This may be beneficial in times of stress, helping to maintain healthy muscle and nerve function and support energy production.
WARNING - This medication may be dangerous when used in large amounts or for a long time. Stop taking this medication if you experience tingling, burning or numbness and see your healthcare practitioner as soon as possible. [Contains vitamin B6]. Always read the label. If symptoms persist consult your healthcare practitioner. Vitamins can only be of assistance if the dietary vitamin intake is inadequate.
If you have a sensitive stomach, another alternative is the Ethical Nutrients Mega Magnesium - Tablets $20.95. This scientifically designed magnesium mineral and vitamin complex provides a multi-action effect. Not only will it benefit during times of stress, but it may also provide support for muscular aches, pains, cramps and spasms, as well as support energy production and reduce PMS symptoms such as menstrual pain and cramping in women.
Always read the label and use only as directed. If symptoms persist consult your healthcare practitioner. Vitamins can only be of assistance if the dietary vitamin intake is inadequate.
This product contains selenium which is toxic in high doses. A daily dose of 150 micrograms for adults of selenium from dietary supplements should not be exceeded.
Products to help alleviate anxiety!
Fusion Health Stress & Anxiety
This Fusion Health Stress & Anxiety, $28.95 combines western and Chinese traditional herbalism. It contains Sacred Basil which is shown to have significant benefits in assisting management of stress symptoms including fatigue, sleep disturbance and forgetfulness.
Always read the label and use only as directed. If symptoms persist consult your healthcare practitioner.
Little Innoscents - Geranium Essential Oil
The Little Innoscents - Geranium Essential Oil $20.00, is a balancing oil that can alleviate tension. It has a rose like aroma that helps to calm and relax the senses. Our Naturopath recommends applying 1-2 drops on pulse points including the wrists and neck.
Pukka Tea - Relax
Filled with calming Chamomile, Fennel and Marshmallow, the Pukka Tea - Relax $7.95, helps to introduce a calming routine. This is a great caffeine free tea to sip on throughout the day or before bed to create a nighttime ritual!
Practices to help calm your mind!
A great way to relax your mind is to have a soothing Magnesium bath. I love adding a few drops of Little Innoscents - Lavender Essential Oil $15.00, to my bath to really unwind at the end of the day. Our Naturopath also recommends implementing a breathing routine if you are experiencing anxiety. Remember to bring your focus to your breath and breath in through your nose for 5 seconds then out your nose for 5 seconds. You can do this for as little or as long as you feel you need. This will help to break the pattern of the mind!
It's also important to implement self care on a regular basis! This could include anything from practicing yoga to mindful meditation. Our Naturopath recommends fortnightly or monthly massage of acupuncture. As long as you are practicing something you enjoy, you can settle nerves and take more notice of the world around you!
A unique and entertaining way to relieve anxiety is to use an adult colouring book! This is a wonderful activity for anxious adults to bring the mind into the present and introduce an element of lightness. It's a great opportunity to give your mind a break!