Natural ways to decrease stress and anxiety
You’re anxious, worried, freaked. You’re upset about (pick one): money, health, work, family, love. Your heart is beating fast, your breathing is shallow and rapid, your mind is imagining doom, and you wish you could just relax – now! Whether you have a full-blown anxiety disorder or are just freaking out, you may not want to try medication, at least not yet. There are other ways to get relief of stress and anxiety, and at NEX Wellness, our naturopath doctors can address the root cause, and not just the symptoms. In this blog, we take a look at some natural ways to decrease stress and anxiety!
Eat nutrient-rich foods…
Natural stress relief starts with a healthy diet. Research shows the foods you eat affect your emotional state. Focusing on foods within our core or advanced plans can support a healthy brain and body to optimize stress management. That includes plenty of nutrient-rich plant foods along with sufficient protein and anti-inflammatory fats. Eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as wild-caught salmon and freshly ground flaxseed, for instance, can support brain health and better manage stress levels.
Avoid foods that exacerbate stress…
You also want to avoid foods that trigger or exacerbate stress, including trans fats and foods high in sugar. When you eat sugary, processed foods, your blood sugar increases. Your adrenal glands secrete more cortisol (your stress hormone) to manage those blood sugar levels. When those blood sugar levels crash, you often feel lethargic, which further contributes to stress.
Be more mindful of your emotions…
Researchers show people who practice mindfulness manage emotions better, have better physical health, fewer symptoms including pain, and less anxiety and depression. Mindfulness is a skill you can learn and cultivate. For a few moments every day, practice being completely present in whatever task you do. Give it your full attention and you’ll likely find stressful thoughts fall away.
If you are dealing with high stress and anxiety levels that are causing some adverse effects on your mind and body, and you are looking for some ways to naturally treat it, then NEX Wellness can help! Visit our website for more information! Click here to find our contact information or to speak with a representative.
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