Stress – Immediate Help for This Troubled Time
We are now in a time of great change in how we live our lives.
Only a year ago we had the freedom to jet off somewhere sunny at the drop of a hat, go out for a nice meal, meet someone for coffee, go to the cinema, sports events, gigs etc.
This has all stopped and we are now living in a more insular, isolated world.
Ok we have our computers, phones and internet to keep in contact but are they really feeding our needs in the way our former way of living did?
Sadly for many they don’t appear to be doing so well in these present circumstances.
How long will this go on for? Heaven only knows?
In the meantime what can we do to help keep us at our best?
The Stress of the New Normal
Working from home can be great, but for many it can lack the social contact of other human beings and lead to loneliness and lack of self expression.
The brunt of so much of this pandemic has fallen on our care workers who at this stage can be over-burdened and suffering from burn-out.
There are families and couples who have not seen each other in months.
It is a very alien environment for us as humans to live in.
We can be living in an almost constant state of stress that we can’t shake.
This can affect our sleep patterns, cause insomnia and also bring on anxiety.
The Price of Stress
Stress can elevate our cortisol (stress hormone) levels. Prolonged elevated cortisol levels can have a very detrimental effect on the body.
- Weight gain, mostly around the tummy.
- High blood pressure.
- Muscle weakness.
- Difficulty in concentration.
- Slow healing.
We need a certain level of cortisol but the problem happens when is stays at a constant elevated level. Controlling stress levels is a big start in keeping your cortisol where it should be. What then can we do then to relieve this stress?
To help with this we often resort to stress releasers. There are two types of stress releasers positive stress releasers and negative stress releasers. The positive ones help relieve the stress and help us feel better.
The negative ones temporarily relieve the stress yet it often returns worse after a short period of time. They have the effect of trying to fill an emotional hole in you with something that makes this hole bigger.
Negative Stress Factors: Alcohol, smoking, junk food, recreational drugs, over using screens: computers, phones, tablets etc, lack of fresh air or daylight, lack of exercise, lack of self-expression, being with negative draining people, lack of sleep, etc.
Positive Stress Releasers: Exercise, being in daylight and fresh air, eating healthy foods, meditation, looking at inspiring or funny programs on TV or the internet, going for a walk or cycle in nature, getting a good night’s sleep, being with positive happy people, achieving your goals, etc.
Ways to Relieve Stress
A big help here is to go on a natural health program. This would comprise of using as much of the positive health stress releasers as possible in a balanced program.
Steps to include in this are:
- Eat food in as near to its natural state as possible: fresh fruit and vegetables, lean meat, fish, free range poultry, whole grains, nuts and seeds.
- Do some form of exercise every day even it is only a 20 minute walk to help stimulate circulation and get some fresh air.
- Learn to meditate – control your thoughts and chill out.
- Take up a hobby that you enjoy: singing your favourite songs, playing your favourite instruments, gardening, star gazing, running, etc.
- Get to bed at an early hour and having a set time of sleep.
- Look after a pet. They are great company.
- Connect with positive happy, fun people (it rubs off on you).
- Limit screen time to more manageable levels and if possible for at least an hour before bed. (This reduces your exposure to the blue light from screens that can affect our sleep-inducing hormone melatonin levels).
- Limit alcohol intake, give up or cut down on smoking and avoid white sugar.
- Read a good book; look at uplifting movies or programs.
- Be kind to yourself and less self critical.
- Look out for others and see if you can encourage them to be more supportive to their own mental health.
All of these steps can help things go more smoothly for you.
The Magic Nutrients for Your Nervous System
One other thing that can be of benefit to you here is to take nutrients that help support your body’s nervous system to help it operate at its normal best.
Probably the most supportive here are Pantac, B-vitamins and vitamin C.
Often called “The Happy Vitamin” the nutrients in Pantac helps support energy and mental performance. They also have the added benefit of reducing tiredness and fatigue. An ideal addition for anyone working long hours or are going through a stressful time.
Vitamin C is also a very good idea here. It too helps reduce tiredness and fatigue and also helps promote the normal healthy function of the nervous and immune systems.
B-Vitamins: Often called the anti stress vitamins, B-vitamins play an important role in helping maintain a healthy nervous system as well as perform many valuable body processes.
They are particularly involved in energy production. One of the best natural sources of B-vitamins is beef liver. Although for many it’s not the tastiest option, an ideal way around this is to take Desiccated Liver in either capsule or powder form.
It is also a good natural source of protein, iron and nucleic acids (DNA and RNA).
These valuable nutrients can really help stack the odds on your side in having your nervous system operate at its normal best.
The New Approach to the New Normal
Hopefully this pandemic will blow over sometime soon but in the meantime why not arm yourself as best as you can by following the steps mentioned above.
All you need to do is to take the first step. The more steps you take the better you will feel and in no time at all you will be wondering why you didn’t do this, years ago.
This pandemic can prove to be a cloud with a silver lining if it helps you to learn how to have you operating at your best.
Let this be the case where you benefit greatly from adopting a much healthier lifestyle.
Until then – Stay Healthy and Stay Safe.
Our Team are Here to Help – Call 01 8304211 to avail of A Free Consultation with one of our Nutritional Experts