Stress can have a long-term impact on our physical and mental health. If stress is impacting your daily life, then you're not alone.
In fact, around three-quarters of people say they've felt so stressed they were "overwhelmed or unable to cope."
It's more than just one or two bad days; stress is a feeling of continuous tension. Work, family and social lives all play a major role in dealing with stress.
Stress isn't something you should just have to live with. A healthy diet, regular exercise and the right supplement routine can all contribute to relieving the stress of our daily lives.
Ready to find out how to manage stress? Pop the kettle on, put your feet up and let's unwind together.
What Are The Symptoms Of Stress?
First up, let's go back to basics. What does stress look like? Well, the main truth is the symptoms of stress can be different for each person. Some people express their stress externally, whilst others bottle it up inside.
With that in mind, here are some of the most common types of stress:
- Headaches and dizziness
- Stomach and digestion problems
- Chest pain
- Reduced libido
- Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
- Problems sleeping
How do you know if what you are experiencing is definitely stress? If you have any physical or mental symptoms or general health concerns, you should seek advice from a healthcare professional.
What Causes Stress?
Stress can be caused by a combination of factors, including problems at work, financial troubles or family issues. Sometimes one big event can start a period of stress, or it's just an accumulation of lots of smaller events that you may not even notice building up.
Either way, stress is brought on by pressures in your life. Even happy events like planning a wedding or preparing for a baby can cause stress. When navigating these periods in your life, it's important to give your mind and body the best possible starting points - that's where your lifestyle comes in.
Dealing With Stress
Exercise is key: Several studies show that exercise - in almost any form - can relieve stress. It's about moving your body in a way that suits you. Fancy training for a marathon? Give it a go - but if cardio isn't your thing, then that's fine too. Yoga, pilates and weightlifting or even just a gentle walk around the block are all fantastic ways to let off steam and destress after a long day in the office or with the kids.
Eat right: Stress and diet are very closely linked. Research shows that stressful lifestyles can lead to craving sugary or fatty foods. Try to avoid snacking on junk food by planning your meals ahead. Ensure you're eating a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds so your body is getting enough of what it needs during stressful times.
Take a moment for you: It's not always easy to find time in the day to take time out just for ourselves and do the things we enjoy. If you're feeling overwhelmed try and take 5 minutes to yourself and do something that helps you to relax like listening to music, reading a book, watching tv or having a quiet cup of tea.
A good night's sleep: Stress can be the reason you're up at night and the key cause of more stress in your life. It's a vicious cycle. Get into a good routine at bedtime to help get the recommended eight hours a night. Avoid screen time, read a book, or take a bath to try and relax and unwind before going to bed. You can also try adding supplements to your routine with our specially developed Sleep pack, that includes Vitamin B12, Folic Acid, L-Theanine and 5-HTP designed to help support and regulate your sleeping pattern.
How Can Supplements Help With Stress?
Even if healthy eating is part of your daily routine, you can still benefit from adding supplements to your diet to help you reach your macronutrient goals.
Magnesium, B vitamins and Omega-3 fatty acids are all linked to cortisol regulation - the hormone associated with stress.
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