Stress – A Modern Epidemic
Our modern lifestyles may be contributing to many health
complaints commonly seen today. Many of us experience
some form of stress; 9 out of 10 Australians report being
stressed and 41% of people feel they experience unhealthy
levels of stress. Stress and the body’s response to it can affect
people in different ways. Small amounts of stress that are
easily resolved can help to keep us motivated and achieve our
goals. The difference with long term or chronic stress is that it
can affect the whole body in a negative way.
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Stress can affect each of us differently. Perhaps you are suffering
from anxiety, feeling worried, depressed or irritable; even feeling
exhausted and overwhelmed can indicate you are under stress. As
well as affecting your ability to cope, stress may also be causing
a disruption to your health. When under stress for a length of
time, you may be more susceptible to tension headaches, high
blood pressure, frequent colds and flus, digestive disorders or
a worsening of an existing condition. So you can see, there are
many reasons why it is so important to manage your stress now,
before it starts impacting your health and wellbeing.
How Resilience Begins
Some people seem to deal with stress better than others. That
doesn’t mean that the rest of us need to continue suffering. The
ability to increase your resilience to stress is something that
can be learned and helped with key supplements, combining
specific ingredients to support your body’s individual stress
Dis-Stressed to De-Stressed
Go from ‘dis-stressed’ to ‘de-stressed’ with the help of herbs
• Rhodiola and withania are ‘adaptogen’ herbs which
enhance the body’s resilience to stress. Rhodiola has been
shown to reduce both physical and mental fatigue during
times of stress. Withania can reduce the stress hormone
cortisol via its effect on the adrenal glands, thereby having
a protective effect in chronic stress.
• The herbs, passionflower, zizyphus and magnolia have been
traditionally used in Western medicine for reducing stress,
anxiety, insomnia and nervous tension.
• St John’s wort is well-known for supporting healthy mood
and protecting against the effects of stress.
• Magnesium, glutamine and B vitamins are used in abundance
during times of stress, when the body’s requirement for these
key nutrients is increased. Magnesium assists in muscle
relaxation and calms the nervous system.
Your Practitioner can recommend specific supplements tailored
to suit your individual stress-related symptoms and concerns, to
help you feel on top of your game.
Lifestyle Tips to Help Manage Stress
Managing your stress is essential for long term health and
vitality. With the support of your Practitioner, a variety of stress
relief techniques can be introduced, in conjunction with a
healthy eating plan to help you stress less. These may include:
1. Exercise: Daily movement is essential for brain health.
Aerobic exercise including running, swimming or walking is
proven to decrease stress hormones.
2. Enjoy the benefits of spending some time in the sun. Being
in nature for 30 minutes per day can help reduce stress
hormones and assist recovery after a stressful situation.
3. Meditation and/or yoga can help to increase relaxation whilst
benefiting not just the mind, but also the body. Learning to
unwind is important for reducing stress.
4. Favourite pastime: create time for YOU! Do something that
you love, like listening to music, enjoying a candle lit bath,
watching a movie, or starting a creative project – these fun
activities can help you become more tolerant of everyday
5. Get creative and express yourself in as many different ways
as feels good; singing, dancing, and art projects are but a
few ways to do this.
6. Eat seasonally, fresh and organic as much as possible.
Include protein at every meal with a variety of fruit and
7. Include good fats such as omega 3s from fish, nuts and
seeds, and olive oil to help with brain health and mood
8. Drink plenty of water, a minimum of eight glasses per day
and avoid excessive alcohol, caffeine, sugar and salt.
Stress Less for Good Health
Our modern lifestyle is inescapable. The stress of it however, is
manageable. You can become more resilient to the symptoms
and long term effects of stress through the aid of individualised
lifestyle and dietary changes, together with key natural medicines
as recommended by your Practitioner. Supporting a healthy
stress response will allow you to feel more energised, resilient
and ready to tackle life, so you can maintain the state of health
and wellness that you deserve.