It's no secret that we all feel stressed and anxious from time to time. But, did you know that continued stress can begin to affect our overall health - not just our mental health?
Stress is how the brain and body respond to any demand. Whether that's a work demand, family demand or even an exercise demand. Our bodies can respond differently to any demand that our brain receives.
When things get a little too much however, stress can affect your health. Because of this, it's important to pay attention to how you can manage and reduce stress and anxiety for a healthier mental and wellbeing state.
Did you know that exercising is one of the most important things you can do for stress and anxiety?
Believe it or not, regularly putting stress on our body physically, can actually relieve mental stress. In fact, people who exercise regularly are less likely to experience anxiety than those who don't exercise. However, this differs massively between person to person.
So how does exercising help relieve stress and anxiety? Well, when we exercise our body's stress hormone - such as cortisol - begins to lower. The more we exercise, the more our stress hormone lowers. Plus, when we exercise our body releases endorphins - also known as post-workout endorphins - and these, in turn, help to increase our mood and promote that 'happy' feeling.
Another key point to mention is that when we exercise, the quality of our sleep can increase too. Which is great considering stress and anxiety can negatively impact our sleep!
We all know the importance of having some 'me' time every now and then and whilst it's not the easiest of things to schedule into our diary, it's definitely been shown to help reduce and manage stress and anxiety.
We try to encourage as many people as possible to try and unwind each week for once an hour - whatever that may be. Why don't you try reading a book, practising some mindfulness, visiting a spa, retail therapy or even taking a soak in the bath with some of our Primal essential oils? In fact, did you know that essential oils may help reduce stress and anxiety?
We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but caffeine may be doing you more harm than good if you find yourself suffering from anxiety and stress.
Although caffeine has proven health benefits, many people have different thresholds for how much caffeine they can tolerate. If you find yourself becoming more anxious with increased headaches, then we suggest cutting down on your consumption. And always, remember to hydrate before you caffeinate!
At Primal Cure, a few of our team members like to practice a simple task every evening: write down 3 things you're grateful for in a journal.
We strongly believe that embracing a more positive approach and practising gratitude can help reduce the effects of stress and anxiety by focusing on the more positive aspects of your life.
If this doesn't sound like your cup of tea however, then try writing down your worries and thoughts. Letting go of the things bottled up inside may help you feel a little bit better - almost similar to the 'a problem shared is a problem halved' approach.
Learn to say 'no'
The day you start putting yourself first and acknowledging when things are getting a little too much, will be the day you feel the weight lift off your shoulders! Whilst it's great being a busy bee, it might not be so great for your stress and anxiety levels.
Instead of saying 'yes' to everyone, start becoming more realistic. What is realistic for you? What can you get done in a day? By becoming more selective about the tasks and events you take on, the less stressed and anxious you'll feel.
Supplement your diet
If you're not getting enough nutritional support from your diet, then it may be worth thinking about a few important vitamins and minerals that you may be lacking.
There are several products out there that can help benefit your mental health, especially when it comes to stress and anxiety.
Omega 3 - Food for the brain! Omega 3's DHA makes up a large amount of our brain chemistry and as we all know, a healthy brain makes a happy brain! To find out more health benefits omega 3 can provide our bodies with, click here.
Stress Relief - Our Primal Stress Relief Herbal Multivitamin formula contains 20 ingredients, with Siberian Ginseng root and Griffonia seed extracts at its heart, to help your body cope with stress better. Vitamins B6, B12, C and others also contribute to normalise psychological functions and keep the brain in balance for a healthier mind.
Vitamin B6 - Vitamin B6 is an incredible vitamin, in fact, it’s so incredible that it’s involved in more bodily functions than any other single nutrient, and it affects us both mentally and physically. Vitamin B6 improves your mood by regulating hormones and reducing stress and anxiety for a healthier mind and less fatigue. To find out more about our Primal vitamin B6, click here.
CBD oil - Many have said CBD oil may help with a range of ailments from arthritis, multiple sclerosis, joint pain, anxiety, depression and more. To find out more, click here.
We are working in partnership with Prolife CBD as we have found them to be great quality with an all-natural solution.
They are also a local UK based company who share our values here at Primal Cure because they use organic and natural ingredients from ethical sources.
Magnesium and Zinc - If you believe you're struggling with stress and anxiety because of poor sleep quality, then it might be worth supplementing your diet with magnesium and zinc. When paired together, these supplements have been said to help improve sleep quality and reduce fatigue. To find out more about our Primal Magnesium and Zinc bundle, click here!
Vitamin D3 - Lack of sunlight darkens our mood, so our Vitamin D3 may help to reduce feelings of depression and anxiety for a healthier, happier mind. As well as that, vitamin D3 is great for contributing to the normal function of the immune system and has a role in the process of cell division. To find out more about our Primal High Strength Vitamin D3, click here.
Create a to-do list
You probably hear a lot of people preaching about their to-do lists but believe us, they really do come in handy!
Nowadays, many of us become stressed or anxious because we feel like we're forever drowning in our busy life schedules. Whilst it's no secret that life can get a little too busy, it shouldn't be something that takes complete control of your mental health.
We suggest that you get into the habit of making a to-do list and organise it by priority. Create realistic goals and work your way down your list. Not only does this help to reduce stress and anxiety, but it also boosts your motivation to get things done throughout the day!