We’re a stressed lot, us Aussies! The Blackmores Stress Quiz has revealed that 63% of Australia feel like their lives are out of control, with 49% reporting they are more stressed now than the same time last year, and 30 – 39 year olds form the most stressed age group in Australia.
And what’s contributing to our stress? Lack of sleep, bills and work! 71% of Aussies surveyed are stressed by not sleeping well, 68% of Aussies are stressed about their mortgage, bills and finances, and 67% of Aussies report getting stressed about making errors at work. Yikes!
So how do you stress less? Follow these seven essential tips:
1. Good nutrition
This 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.
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 visit www.blackmores.com.au/stress or call Blackmores free Advisory Service to speak to a qualified Naturopath on 1800 803 760.