Who’s ready to go back to work? Anyone? Raise of hands? Thought so!
Yip it’s hard to get back into the swing of things once the new year reality hits. Not only is it back to work time, but for some it might be, oh shoot I have got to pay that holiday time off.. oh now there are school fees and books to buy, school uniform, credit cards.. how to pay the bills…and all of a sudden you are right back into the stressors of a new year and it hardly feels like you had a break. WELCOME TO 2017!
Here are some handy tips that might be able to help you de-stress and feel more energised so you can handle this tricky time of the year!
Simple I know, but really keeping a diary or some sort of memo type acknowledgement of what you have to complete helps to de-muddle your head. List each item in order of importance, and work towards completing/paying it.
Mark it off with absolute pleasure, pat yourself on the back and now work towards the next one. If these tasks are quite massive, then why don’t you take yourself out for a coffee or a special drink to celebrate! Acknowledging like this can help boost your motivation to continue working towards that list of things that need to get done.
Again, simple but people who are stressed without even knowing forget how to breathe deeply. Shallow breathing is very typical of a stressed person, where only minimal air gets into the lungs.
The problem with shallow breathing is we don’t get enough oxygen into our body, which promotes toxicity, causes fatigue, increases muscle fatigue, and in general promotes poor biochemical function as oxygen is needed for some many functions in the body. It also leads to more stress as a result.
Deep breathing improves the quality of our blood, it supports the central nervous system (stress, mood etc), it improves energy in the muscles, it releases tension in the muscles and in general just gives the body a chance to re-connect or re-engage with what we are trying to throw at it. If you are tech savvy, then there are free breathing apps available on your smart phone that will guide you into how deep breathing works.
If you find it hard to do breathing techniques at your own free will then why not head to a yoga class. Think of yoga as like a massage to the whole entire body and soul. After a class you should feed very relaxed and ready to take on the world – stressors and all!
It’s not something that I do on a regular basis but when I do, the stretches and the breathing techniques really do help the body to feel grounded and de-stressed. It’s amazing what all the oxygen into the blood stream and the body poses can do. There are all types of yoga to cater for those who like to be quite active to those who really want something very low impact.
Do you feel stressed out and brain fogged because your gut is not quite 100%? I wouldn’t be surprised if this was the case. A lot of people don’t realise that digestive dysfunction can increase the feelings of stress in the body. Remember stressors can come disguised in all sorts of ways, and food intolerance or immune complaints are just 2 of many.
If you add these to just everyday life stressors then soon you will feel overwhelmed! Improving digestive functions can involve some simple everyday supplements or you can try a 2-3 week detox to really boost the healing process. The best thing to do is to chat to one of the staff about what might best work for you.
Some products we suggest are:
- Nutra-Life Detox
- Nutra-Life Cleanse
- Kiwiherb Liver Cleanse
- Ethical Nutrients IBS Support
- Radiance IBX Triple Action Bowel Support
- KNH Milk Thistle
- Lifestream Bowel Biotic’s range
General Stress Supplements
There are a great range of supplements to try at NZ Health Food which can help support you with stress as well as give you a wee boost of energy which is often lacking. Day time stress also impacts upon sleep at night, so sometimes a day time stress supplement and a night time sleep supplement can help you get some energy back.
Some products we suggest are:
- KNH Stress Less
- NZHF Kava Calm
- Nutra-Life Super B Premium Formula
- Ethical Nutrients Iron Max
- Nuzest Good Green Stuff
- Clinicians Sleep Science
- Essential Sleep and Stress Nutrients
- Artemis Rest & Relax Tea
- Artemis Deep Sleep Tea
- Artemis Stress Relief Tea