There is no denying that times have been, generally speaking, more stressful of late.
As much as we tell ourselves to remain calm and practise gratitude, sometimes switching off those anxious thoughts is far easier said than done.
In times of stress, it can be useful to have a few simple, calming rituals to work through to ease the mind. We love working a natural stress supplement into our daily routine to clear mental fog, calm the mind and help to keep stress at bay. Here are our tips to reduce stress naturally and our guide to natural de-stressing supplements.
What effect does stress have on the mind and body?
Beyond stress's overall effect on your mood and, in turn, your behaviour, stress can be of detriment to your physical health. Stress can cause headaches, an upset stomach and even high blood pressure, so it's worth trying a few different methods to keep stress at bay as the way we each respond to and process stress will differ from person to person.
It's important to note that while some stress can be dealt with on our own, prolonged and severe stress, anxiety and depression requires the help of a mental health professional.
Simple ways to reduce stress daily
We find that practising mindfulness is one of the most effective ways to reduce day-to-day stress. Mindfulness comes in many shapes and forms, so you're bound to find a daily practise that suits your lifestyle, effectively eases your mind and, most importantly, makes you happy!
Daily exercise can be a great way to reduce stress and practise mindfulness. We love engaging in an online pilates or yoga class to benefit both our mind and body- and you can access plenty of free classes online on platforms like YouTube!
Similarly, fresh air can really help to calm the mind. Try taking yourself for a nice peaceful walk, and practise mindfulness by paying attention to the sounds, the sights and the scents you pass.
Some other ways the Nourished Life team like to destress and stay mindful are by spending a few minutes each morning using a gratitude journal, practising daily meditation, using an essential oil diffuser in their workspace and taking a soothing evening bath.
The best natural stress supplements
Natural health supplements can also be a really effective way of keeping stress at bay. We love the Herbs of Gold Stress Ease Tablets, which contain a blend of natural herbs to support cognitive function, mental clarity, memory recall and a healthy stress response in the body. One of the hero ingredients in these tablets is Rhodiola, which is traditionally used in Western herbal medicine as an adaptogen to relieve the symptoms of stress and fatigue, while the inclusion of Ashwagandha helps to support the nervous system and promote sleep.
We also love the Kiwiherb StressCare Capsules, which contain a mix of herbs and nutrients that can help to support the body to cope with stress, and the Ethical Nutrients Super B Daily Stress+ Tablets, which are rich in B vitamins and Rhodiola to reduce stress related physical and mental fatigue.
Those who prefer a powdered supplement can enjoy the Life Cykel Organic Reishi Mushroom Powder. This powerful adaptogen has been revered in traditional Chinese Medicine for over 2 millennia, used to promote a healthy immune system, support heart health and reduce stress, fatigue and irritability.
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This advice is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If symptoms persist, consult your healthcare professional. Always read the label. Use only as directed.