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Stress… we’ve all felt it! At times it can wreak havoc on our inner *zen* and leave us feeling totally overwhelmed. Work demands? Chaos at home? “Uncertain times”? (We can all relate to that one.) This type of stress is a completely normal part of life that we all experience from time to time, but there are ways to manage anxiety and stress naturally so that it doesn’t get the better of you. Read on for our top tips for handling anxiety and stress.
According to simplepsychology.org, stress is: a biological and psychological response experienced on encountering a threat that we feel we do not have the resources to deal with. When we come up against these “threats”, our sympathetic nervous system creates a chemical reaction better known as the fight, flight, freeze or fawn response. When this happens, you may notice your senses are heightened, your adrenalin spikes, your blood pressure rises and your heart starts beating fast. In short, it’s your body’s way of getting you ready for action to protect you from harm (naw). The kicker? Our bodies can’t always distinguish between ‘real’ and ‘harmless’ threats, which can sometimes leave us feeling strung out over everyday occurrences.
The good news is our bodies can handle small amounts of stress from time to time in both our professional and personal lives. Stress can show up differently for everyone, but often you will feel anxious, irritable, have racing thoughts or worrying constantly. By noticing these signs early you can implement tips for dealing with stress and anxiety so you don’t risk running into problems with long-term, chronic stress (or burn out).
When our stress response is activated over a long period of time and our bodies are overexposed to stress hormones such as epinephrine and cortisol, it can negatively impact other processes within our bodies and leave us at risk of all sorts of health problems, including high blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks, fat tissue buildup and problems with our immune system.
To help you avoid falling into the long-term stress cycle, we’ve pulled together our top tips for managing stress and anxiety.
Whether you like to work up a sweat or settle into a gentle yin flow, daily movement is a must. If you spend your work day sitting at a desk, set reminders to stretch! Five minutes of downward dog a couple of times a day can make all the difference, and while exercise can sometimes feel like the last thing you want to do, it gives your body some much-needed endorphins.
Clear space in your head by putting your thoughts and to-do’s onto paper. Stress can make things feel messy, unorganised and overwhelming, but a list adds structure to help reduce that feeling of chaos. Plus, ticking those tasks off one by one is super satisfying and gives you a feeling of accomplishment and a hit of dopamine - the feel-good hormone.
This can look different for everyone. Some might meditate or do breathwork, while others may journal or practice gratitude. And if you’re feeling particularly tense during the day? Take a moment to scan your body and release tension from the areas that are holding the stress. This could mean dropping your shoulders, unclenching your jaw or stretching your neck. Finding the practice that suits you best is a way to touch base with yourself and check in with your internal stress levels on a daily basis.
We can’t pour from an empty cup, which is why it’s so important to say no sometimes. This could be as simple as turning down a night on the town in favour of lounging around home in your PJ’s, or as important as setting clear boundaries at work. By prioritising your time, you also protect your mental capacity, so fight the guilt of saying no and understand it’s one of the most empowering things you can do for yourself.
Adaptogenic stress supplements can help your body cope with occasional stress. Try our Beauty Well Super Capsules that contain a mixture of adaptogenic herbs and mushrooms. Or our new Beauty Sleep Adaptogenic Super Powder that also contains Adaptogenic Mushrooms and other key ingredients that help you cope with stress and sleep better too! If you’re looking for a quick boost, our Beauty Brain Super Powder has an exclusive extract of Lemon Balm that supports a calm, positive mood and assists your ability to cope with occasional stress - the perfect drink for an afternoon pick me up.
While the previous tips for managing stress and anxiety are designed to help relieve short-term stress or feelings of overwhelm, there’s nothing quite like getting advice from someone who knows exactly what they’re talking about. A professional can set you up with the most effective tools to manage the stress and anxiety you’re dealing with, especially if it’s long-term stress. We recommend speaking to your doctor or calling a helpline if things are feeling extra tough right now.
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