Stress is a common part of everyday life and although we cannot always control the causes, we can manage the response to the stressor. Chronic stress may cause ongoing issues to our health. Though, there are ways to support our resistance to stress. Keynote, what works for some people may not work for others. Experimenting is the best way to find the ideal solution. To narrow down your choice, we’ve come up with 5 effective stress relievers.
Breathing exercises are one of the most underrated solutions for stress. The habit of taking some time out to focus on our breath, can help to reduce or even cease the anxious tension, and allow us to refocus. Breathing at a normal pace, may also help to reduce the release of cortisol (our stress hormone).
Additionally, breathing exercises each day help to prevent a spike in anxious tension and bring the body into a relaxed state sooner. Research shows, deep breathing in particular sends signals to our brain and nervous system to relax the body's muscles, lower our heart rate, and return to a calm, clearer minded state.
Wheatgrass may assist to reduce the feelings of stress as it comprises trace amounts of magnesium and B-vitamins. Both helping to relax the nervous system as well as supporting positive mood regulation. Wheatgrass powder can be easily added to your morning smoothie, or mixed into yoghurt. Try Melrose Organic Wheatgrass today.
Adaptogens are natural herbs that can help us to better adapt to stress. They help to normalise the function of the adrenal glands, which results in regulated stress hormones, ie. cortisol. The most commonly used adaptogens include chamomile, lavender, ashwagandha, and rhodiola.
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Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Various studies on omega-3 fatty acids suggest that the triglycerides can lead to a 20% anxiety decrease. Omegas are found in a wide range of foods:
- Fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring)
- Seeds and nuts (walnuts, chia seeds, flaxseed)
- Fortified foods (some brands of yogurt, milk, juices, and soy beverages)
You can also check out the Melrose omegas range, which helps to reduce inflammation and may promote stress relief. Additionally, part of the range has added nutrients, ie. vitamin A and D, to support general well-being.
Research suggests 30 minutes of exercise each day can help to increase our happy hormones, ie. dopamine, oxytocin and serotonin. Which preventatively helps to naturally support our response to stress. Incidental exercise is the easiest (and cheapest) way of achieving this each day. For example, parking the car further from the supermarket and taking the stairs instead of the lift etc. Additionally exercise has shown to improve self-worth, mental cognition and alleviate an overwhelmed racing mind.
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