7 Ways to Stress Less

We all experience stress from time to time, but it doesn't need to get the best of anyone! Follow these top tips for handling stress.

Whether it's struggling to keep up with the daily grind or fretting about that big project at work, stress can often leave us feeling overwhelmed. In a recent study completed by Blackmores Stress Quiz , the results revealed that as a nation we’re unquestionably stressed, with more than half of survey participants reporting that they are stressed!

Blackmores Director of Education, Pam Stone, shares her top tips on how to you stress less:

1) Good nutrition helps your body recover from stress and provides you with the resources you need to deal with it.  Limit caffeine and other stimulants along with alcohol.  Fuel up with nutrient-dense, antioxidant-rich foods like fresh vegetables and vegetable juices, whole grains, nuts and lean protein foods. Supplementing your diet with a multivitamin can help provide nutrients during times of stress that a busy lifestyle sometimes doesn’t allow.

2) B calm. Support your body and take B vitamins; in times of stress our bodies have an increased requirement for vitamins, especially B vitamins. During stress, nutrients such as vitamin C and vitamin B5 are important for supporting adrenal function.

3) Sleep easy. Adequate sleep rejuvenates your mind, as well as your body but it’s a catch 22, when stressed often not being able to get a good night’s sleep is a side effect. To promote sleep, avoid eating late and having a large meal at night.  Avoid caffeine after 12pm and don’t exercise too late in the day. You can also take a herbal supplement containing valerian that supports your body’s natural ability to sleep soundly. Other beneficial ingredients include lemon balm and magnesium.

4) Exercise is key to stress management.  Physical activity plays an important role in reducing the effects of stress. Not only does exercise produce feel-good endorphins, it helps clear the head, burn off pent-up tension and gives you more energy.

5) Connect with others.  A good social support system is a vital resource for dealing with stress (and something women are often better at than men).  Talking to people you know and trust helps to give you a better perspective on things.

6) Take control of your finances. Monitor your spending habits.  Proper planning and budgeting will help you feel in control in this area.  Get expert help if needed.

7) Work smart. Don’t take on more than you can handle.  Be realistic about timeframes and try to manage expectations with workloads.  And remember to take regular breaks during the day, take a 10 minute stroll outside or perhaps go to the gym at lunch-time. You will be more productive in the long run.

For more information on how to manage stress naturally and restore your balance go to www.blackmores.com.au/stress or call Blackmores free Advisory Service to speak to a qualified Naturopath on 1800 803 760.

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