2020 has been a stressful year for all, no matter your home, work or relationship situation. Even those who consider themselves to be cool, calm and collected have had their lives thrown out of balance this year and are experiencing feelings of stress and anxiety day-to-day.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, you are not alone. While we may not be able to offer an all encompassing solution, what we can do is suggest ways we can help. We've found that making a few simple, practical changes and additions to our days have had a hugely positive effect on our mental health, and we want to share those changes with you in the hopes that they may help you too.
Read on for our 4 top tips on how to support your mental health and manage your stress and anxiety naturally.
1. Get moving
Regular exercise does more than just improve your physical health - it can also boost your mood by releasing endorphins and help you get feelings of stress and anxiety under control. Exercise releases endorphins and dopamine- two hormones which can improve mood and help alleviate anxiety significantly. To reap these benefits and improve your mental health naturally, aim for at least 30 minutes of activity everyday, whether this means walking, jogging, yoga, rock climbing, or your other favourite activity.
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2. Try aromatherapy
Aromatherapy and essential oils are a fantastic way to relax, to reduce stress naturally and to and tell your body that it's time to unwind. Simply choose your favourite essential oil or essential oil blend and pair it with a diffuser to fill your home or work space with a sense of peace and tranquility. We recommend choosing an oil specifically blended with stress and anxiety relief in mind. Another simple way to experience the benefits of aromatherapy through an inhaler, allowing you to calm your mind and ease your stress on the go.
For even better results, consider using essential oils during your daily bath or yoga practice. A daily yoga practise combined with essential oil use will allow you to reap both the calming effects of your favourite oils while boosting your mood and getting that endorphin hit.
3. Eat a balanced diet
It's no secret that your diet and gut health can significantly impact your mental state and wellbeing. Eating a healthy, varied diet that includes plenty of fruit and vegetables, protein, fibre, and adequate iron can help balance your moods and keep feelings of stress and exhaustion at bay.
Turning your healthy eating into a daily habit is the easy part- it's getting started that can be the hardest. If you're looking to overhaul your gut and mental health, invest in a great healthy cookbook, one that really appeals to you, and take your cues from there.
4. Reconnect with nature
Many studies have demonstrated how nature benefits your mental health, showing that being in nature can significantly boost your mood and help calm anxiety and stress. There are many different ways to reconnect with nature, including going for hikes or nature walks, visiting your local park, or even just surrounding yourself with indoor plants.
Healthy habits and a positive attitude are essential to supporting your mental health in the long run. Give yourself the best possible foundation for mental wellbeing by exploring our natural health supplements and healthy cookbooks and living guides online now!