Managing stress & anxiety in our everyday lives
No-one likes to be stressed, yet somehow this is something most of us have to deal with every single day. We may not even realise how stressed we are because we have become so used to it, but being mindful of how this affects us both mentally and physically is important.
Everyone is unique, and stress affects us all in different ways, however some common symptoms could include:
Sleep issues – either struggling to fall asleep or sleeping lightly and waking frequently during the night because you can’t ‘switch off’.
Skin symptoms – stress can cause breakouts, rashes and other skin complaints.
Bowel issues – stress directly affects the bowels, and can cause bloating, cramping, diarrhea, constipation and nausea.
Emotional symptoms – stress makes us feel less able to deal with our emotions, and we may find ourselves feeling more sensitive than usual.
Hormonal disruption – excessive stress requires high levels of cortisol and adrenaline, our stress hormones. The body will need to work hard to keep producing high quantities of these stress hormones, and as a result can affect the menstrual cycle, PMS, fertility, mood, concentration and body weight.
So what is stressing you out, and can you control it? Sometimes it is very difficult to remove stress from our lives, but we can take steps to manage it and cope with it better.
Some good tips to manage stress include:
Homeopathic AAA (Arg Nit, Aconite, Arsenicum) 30c – take this as needed during times of stress, or before a stressful event.
Australian Bush Flower Combination Essence – Calm & Clear.
Ashwagandha Tincture – this herb is an adaptogen and helps to lower stress hormones if taken over the course of a few weeks.
Meditation apps – two of my favorites are Daily Calm and Mindfulness. Try to do at least 10 minutes once a day.
·Go for a walk in nature and be mindful of all the beauty around you... practicing gratitude goes a long way.
Managing stress takes time, so be kind to yourself and spend more time doing things which make you feel calm. Treating chronic stress and anxiety would require an in-depth homeopathy consultation and perhaps other forms of therapy too.
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