1. Pour Yourself A Cuppa
But not just any cup of tea… Choose a calming chamomile! This soothing herbal brew has been used for centuries to create calm, settle an anxious tummy and reduce nervous tension. Chamomile naturally contains chemicals that interact with the same receptors in the brain that are affected by valium.
Warmth relaxes muscle tension and can lower anxiety naturally. It is believed that heat may impact the neural circuitry that influences mood and increase our levels of the ‘feel-good’ neurotransmitter called serotonin. Plus, being warm can just feel downright comforting. You don’t need to live in the desert to feel this benefit. There are many alternative ways to de-stress with heat! You may enjoy a hot tea, sauna, exercise, spa, an enticing patch of sunlight, a cozy fireplace, a comforting hot water bottle or a warm bath filled with relaxing essential oils. If it’s warm and feels good, chances are it’s helping you to de-stress!
3. Tap Into Acupressure
Ancient people have practiced acupuncture for centuries and documented its benefits. Today, we can still access its powerful benefits! It is believed that two acupuncture points located between the skull and neck may be especially helpful for reducing stress and tension headaches. Try this simple exercise to release stress in just a few minutes:
Position thumbs at the top of your neck, just below the junction where your neck meets the skull.
Apply firm but gentle pressure.
As you press, inhale deeply and slowly at least three times.
Float hands into your lap.
Slowly drop your chin into your chest.
Take another deep, peaceful breath and smile!
4. Enjoy Some Stress-Busting Superfoods & Stabilize Your Blood Sugars
Food affects our very brain chemistry and therefore impacts our mood. We can, therefore, make dietary choices to support our stress. To start with, most people get more cranky, irritable and stressed when they feel hungry! Therefore, include low Glycaemic Index (GI) carbohydrates at each meal to regulates your blood sugar levels and maintain good energy levels.
There are also a few extra foods you could include for some extra benefits:
Almonds: A good source of protein to help you feel full and focussed, almonds also offer B Vitamins, Vitamin E, Zinc, Magnesium and healthy fats that help to maintain brain function and regulate mood.
Blueberries: Offering Vitamin C, antioxidants, magnesium and manganese to support a stressed brain, these beautiful berries are lower in sugar and won’t disrupt your blood sugar levels.
A small piece of dark chocolate: Rich in magnesium and trace minerals to support stress and fatigue, dark chocolate contains compounds that boost mood and feel-good brain chemicals! (Just stick to a small quantity, as the natural caffeine content may also stimulate anxiety.)
Omega-3 Fats: These natural fatty acids are absolutely integral to brain function and may help to lower anxiety. Natural sources include salmon and oily fish, flaxseeds/linseeds and walnuts.
Saying a few positive affirmations to yourself in the mirror as you prepare for your day.
Creating a simple, luxurious body scrub using coarse sea salt and coconut oil. Alternatively, use leftover coffee grounds as an invigorating scrub to wake you up and feel refreshed for the day!
Soaking your feet in a bucket filled with warm water, Epsom salts and a few drops of peppermint oil.
Buffing your nails - it’s natural, lasts longer than nail polish and showcases a part of your body that is visible all day long!
I wonder have you got any tips that may/can help de-stress?
I always find taking time out for a cuppa helps ...
Dear reader, you will find a variety of articles, studies etc. plus recent news/views and recipe ideas within this blog, we hope something for everyone to read and enjoy ... but please note, not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. Not all of the suggested recipes above are low carb. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.
All the best Jan