Our Favourite Tips to Reduce Anxiety Naturally
I think it’s pretty safe to say that many of us have been feeling super stressed and anxious within the past few months due to the pandemic.
It’s normal to feel this sense of heaviness when everything we had planned for may have not gone as planned. One thing we can do is control the way we react to these situations.
Below, you will find a list of some of my favourite anxiety reducing tips and tricks to help bring calmness and ease into your day.
1. Morning Routine
It’s all about the morning routine! Create a morning routine to promote relaxation. The first thing you do when you wake up in the morning should not be to touch your phone! Try going on a walk, drinking a glass of water (warm lemon water if we want to get technical!), and writing down three things or people you are grateful for. A morning routine allows you to feel established and ready to take on the day with ease.
2. Reduce screen time
Screen time has definitely increased since the pandemic, and I truly think that it has naturally caused so much more anxiety to our day-to-day. Give yourself one to two hours max on your phone per day. Use instagram strategically if you are a business! You don’t need to be on there 24/7, you just need to use it in a more productive way.
3. Try an herbal tea
Try an herbal tea like lemon balm (also known as Melissa) to help reduce stress. I love having this tea in the evenings before bed! It can help you get a better sleep at night and can actually even be used before testing or presentations to reduce those nerves! You won’t fall asleep (trust me) but it will really help to calm the system.
4. Talk to someone about it
If you are feeling anxious, you have every reason to feel like those feelings are valid because they truly are. It’s so important for us to be able to talk to those who really make us feel stronger. Call a friend or even talk to a therapist. There is no doubt that saying it out loud will make you feel so much better.
5. Go for a walk every few hours
If you’re stuck inside all day, it’s no wonder that stress and anxiety may become worse due to wifi connection or the lack of movement. Going outside promotes relaxation because you’re increasing the blood flow while also allowing yourself to inhale all of that much needed fresh air.
6. Reduce caffeine intake
I know this is a hard one! But trust me when I say caffeine can really increase the spike of blood sugar levels and stress. If you’re feeling extra anxious, try to cut out coffee, or at least keep it to green tea and matcha. Green tea contains l-theanine, which can promote alertness and relaxation.
Take a magnesium supplement to naturally increase more relaxation into your day. Magnesium is the most common mineral depletion in the world! This makes total sense when we look at how much stress and anxiety has skyrocketed in the past few years. Magnesium gets depleted when we are stressed, exercising, eating poor quality foods, and so much more. I love CanPrev’s Magnesium Bisglycinate.
8. Nightime routine
Along with the morning routine, try a nighttime routine to get you ready for a restful sleep! I promise this will truly make a difference! Get into the routine of turning your electronics off at least half an hour before bed, try a calming tea like lemon balm, lavender or chamomile, and get really in tune with your skin care routine or journaling. When you find pleasure in these kinds of routines, you will notice that you start to look forward to them.
I hope these tips of stress and anxiety management help you find more zen in your day!
Written by Jass Stupak, CNP
Jass Stupak is a Holistic Nutritionist from Kelowna, BC. Jass is the owner and founder of Nourish with Jass, her private practice, where she specializes in gut health and candidiasis for women.
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