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How to Combat Stress and Anxiety

No matter how hard we try to fight it, daily stresses can build up. This guide to combating stress and naturally is designed to help you take steps to keep those feelings at bay.

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As soon as you start feeling anxious, it can seem as though nothing is going right. You might find your productivity flailing as you start to feel overwhelmed, then comes a restless night's sleep, and the cycle continues. Stress and anxiety can have a big impact on everyday life, affecting your ability to complete tasks and get a good night's sleep. While some forms of stress and anxiety may need further treatment, there are natural supplements and remedies to help ease the symptoms and get you back on track to feeling on top of your game.

What causes stress and anxiety?

Stress and anxiety can be caused by a number of genetic and lifestyle factors, as well as mental exhaustion from simply burning yourself out. Feelings of stress and anxiety can take the form of physical reactions such as an increased heart rate, a quickening of the breath, a tightening of the muscles and a rise in blood pressure. These symptoms can impact your ability to sleep, concentrate and even complete tasks at work or home.2 Women are also more likely to develop anxiety more than men, making it so important for us to take steps to take care of ourselves.2

How to combat stress and anxiety

If you find it difficult to control your anxiety, it might be worth visiting your healthcare provider to diagnose any underlying issues.1 Anxiety management and relaxation techniques can help keep the anxious feelings at bay, such as taking deep breaths and maybe even meditating.1 For faster relief, natural herbal supplements and remedies can provide therapeutic, soothing benefits to calm both mind and body. It might be as simple as brewing a cup of tea, going for a walk, or taking a long, warm bath to ease your symptoms and lower your stress levels. For ongoing support, herbal supplements can keep your health and immune system in check while you learn how to manage and control your stress.

Naturally calming products

The Beauty Chef SLEEP Inner Beauty Powder
I often find that stress can hit me hardest as I'm trying to fall asleep, rendering it an almost impossible task. Lying awake doesn't help the stress either! I have found that The Beauty Chef's SLEEP Inner Beauty Powder really helps me get a better night's sleep. It contains Lemon Balm and Passionflower, which are traditionally used in western herbal medicine to help relieve nervousness and restlessness. This natural blend also contains Turmeric, traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine to aid digestion. I blend a teaspoon with warm Almond milk for a deliciously soothing treat an hour before bed. If symptoms persist, consult your healthcare practitioner. Always read the label. Use only as directed.

Elektra Magnesium Mineral Salt Flakes
If you've been reading my blog for a while you'll know I swear by magnesium. I like to take a bath with some Elektra Magnesium Mineral Salt Flakes whenever I get the chance! Soaking in a bath of magnesium has so many therapeutic benefits, including relief from muscle tension and bodily absorption of magnesium to boost energy levels. There's also just nothing like taking time out to relax in a warm bath to clear your mind. A magnesium deficiency can actually contribute to anxiety, depression and insomnia, making it incredibly beneficial to keep up a magnesium-rich diet and regularly apply topical magnesium treatments in stressful periods.1

First, We Make the Beast Beautiful
The force behind the I Quit Sugar movement, Sarah Wilson's latest book is equally as game changing. First, We Make The Beast Beautiful deals with Sarah's lifelong struggle with anxiety as she interviews industry experts, other sufferers and even the Dalai Lama, and helps readers get a better understanding of the condition and how to deal with it spiritually. This is an ideal read for anyone suffering from anxiety of any kind, as well as anyone interested in finding out more about anxiety.

Fusion Health Stress & Anxiety Tablets
Fusion Health's Stress & Anxiety Tablets are a great supplement to keep on hand for stressful situations to keep you on top of your health and wellbeing. Created using a unique blend of Holy Basil, Indian Ginseng, Magnolia and Citrus Peel, this herbal supplement contains natural ingredients known to significantly ease the management of stress symptoms.

Kiwiherb Valerian Root Extract
Another incredibly powerful natural remedy is the Kiwiherb Valerian Root Extract. Known as nature's Valium, Valerian Root Extract helps to relax both mind and body for calming relief from anxiety as well as sleeplessness. Recommended by our Naturopath, Mel, this pure, gluten and dairy free extract can also aid irritability and nervousness, and can be taken up to three times daily in water or juice. Avoid use with prescription sedatives unless under the advice of a healthcare professional. Always read the label and use as directed.

Little Innoscents Geranium Essential Oil
Geranium is an essential oil known to promote relaxation and help uplift the senses. Through its aromatherapeutic benefits. I recommend adding the Little Innoscents Geranium Essential Oil to an oil burner or diffuser for relief throughout the day, but it's also wonderfully soothing added to bath water or a homemade facial spritz.

If symptoms persist, consult your healthcare professional. Always read the label. Use only as directed.

Source: 1Better Health Victoria, 2Health Direct.

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