Quieting Anxiety and Stress

Quieting Anxiety and Stress

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Tense muscles that make getting comfortable seem impossible.

Racing thoughts/ You can’t get your brain to rest and go to sleep.

Body pains that make you think you’re aging too fast or falling apart.

Anxiety attacks.

Less interest in social activities due to feeling anxious.

 

I’ve experienced these and have known many women and men who have as well.

If you haven’t already, check out help for overcoming stress and anxiety here, here and here.

 

Now, along with those ideas and tools, let’s focus on additional help.

These are things that have helped me tremendously.

 

As in, I have fought back the tide of stress and anxiety and I am winning in a big way.

 

Healthy and happy, mostly fearless (aside from my natural introvert-shyness) and full of energy.

I want everyone to feel this way.

 

I was raised on a whole foods diet with plenty of sunshine and outdoor exercise.

My mother also gave us multivitamins a few times a week, along with daily vitamin C.

So I’m no stranger to health and nutrition.

 

I was, however, fairly ignorant ten years ago as to the effects stress can have on the body.

 

The last few years have seen a hugely positive swing in my life as I’ve educated myself and applied a variety of ideas and/or supplements to my routine.

 

Some have worked better than others- and I encourage you to find what works best for you- so I’m sharing them with you here.

 

Anxiety Busters:

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This is a solid team of do-gooders for your system.

 

Vitamin D, of course, boosts your immune system as well as your mood.

Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb, working where it’s needed for a healthy stress response.

 

Magnesium…dear, sweet magnesium.  It relaxes anything tense or twitchy in the body.

When pared with Essential fatty acids, these are all absorbed more optimally.

No to mention the positive effect of essential fatty acids and oils on your brain and blood vessels.

 

Now, you don’t want to over-do it on any supplement.

 

Vitamin D-3 isn’t typically needed in late spring or summer. (When you should be getting it from real, live sunshine)

And if your essential fatty acids (like cod liver oil, for example) have vitamin D in them naturally, you may not want to add a vitamin D-3 supplement at all.

You also want to be sure your essential fatty acids are in the form of cold pressed oils, that are carefully processed.

 

And magnesium is best taken in more absorbable forms.

 

Most magnesium taken orally has a saturation point that causes loose bowels when your body has had too much.

It’s not harmful- and is useful for those who suffer from occasional constipation.  It can also cause slight sleepiness, so is best taken in the evening.

 

 

Magnesium can be aborbed well through the skin, without the bowel side effects.

Here is my favorite brand:

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This stuff is short of miraculous for tense muscles and needing to relax at night for sleep.

I don’t even rub it into the skin- just spray on and let sit for a minute or two til dry.

 

It’s great on sore muscles after sports, stiff necks, aching backs….I love magnesium oil!

(It’s not actually an oil- but has an oily quality to it.)

 

It’s natural and SO much better for you than Ibuprofen or Advil.

Tips:

*Spray on further away from the skin in order to spray a larger area and avoid concentrated liquid dripping down skin

*I have found that using more than recommended can result in a slight mineral taste in the mouth and/or being more thirsty than usual.  I just cut back on use, knowing that I’ve maxed out my magnesium intake.

*I also recommend balancing magnesium intake with essential fatty acids for absorption and calcium-rich foods like almonds, yogurt, leafy greens (also rich with magnesium), small fish like sardines and herring, and whole grains.

 

Another friend of mine:

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I know there are about a billion fabulous, whole foods multi-vitamins out there.

I also know that we shouldn’t rely on vitamins instead of nourishing our bodies with real whole foods.

 

With that said, I have found these multivitamins to be really, really good.

*I only purchase them online.  I saw this brand at Walmart once and found later that the vitamins inside were pink and looked nothing like the mottled green vitamins I usually get.

*I only use the version with NO added iron.

*I often take only one a day to help fill in any gaps in my diet.  I haven’t found that I need the recommended dosage.

*If digestion is a problem, take them earlier in the day and with a digestive enzyme tablet to ensure higher absorption.

 

I notice within just a day or two if I forget to take these.

They really make a difference, I believe.

 

My childhood superhero:

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I love these Vitamin C wafers.

While I often take Vitamin C capsules or even add ascorbic acid powder to smoothies, these seem to give a greater boost.

My mother was a huge believer in Vitamin C and these were a staple in our home.

Vitamin C helps you have strong collagen and skin, blood vessels and muscles. It helps heal wounds and keeps bones and teeth healthy.

It’s an amazing antioxidant- helping neutralize free radicals and protect your cells…and since you don’t store it well, you need to replace it daily in your diet.

 

*I recommend cleaning your teeth after chewing any acidic vitamins.

 

Those are the basics!

 

Things that can undo the positive effects of these supplements:

 

Going to bed too late, not getting sufficient sleep.

Consuming a lot of caffeine or sugar.

Not getting some exercise.

 

Nourishing and healing your body requires common sense and moderation.

For a long time, I could not consume any caffeine without experiencing anxiety flare ups.

Nor could I exercise heavily or eat sugary treats.

 

Healing your body means you have to heal your adrenals.

Adrenals need comforted, they need relaxed exercise and nourishing foods.

Laughter and a bright mindset.

 

Listen to your body- and take the time to care for it.

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer-

These are my views and opinions.

I am not a medical doctor and am not recommending taking supplements without the approval of your family physician.

Always check with your physician for possible interactions with any medications you may be on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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