I have been really struggling with anxiety, which is what genuinely inspired me to create my own anxiety formula using nutrients and herbs which helped me personally, and also helped my clients when I was practicing as a nutritionist.
I’ve spoken publicly about my recent experiences with anxiety, particularly over the last year after losing my best friend to suicide. I completely understand the feeling of being trapped, a prisoner to your own symptoms.
Especially during the holiday season, it can be really tough to manage stress. There are work deadlines, constant events and parties to attend, and it can be a tough time of year for many of us.
So I want to share with you the five things I’m doing at the moment to manage my anxiety. I hope some of these might help you, or inspire you to take action with your own anxiety.
- Getting 8 hours of sleep
I’ve been prioritising sleep lately, and have found my anxiety so much easier to manage as a result. I feel so much calmer and more rested after a good night’s sleep, as it gives my mind the chance to switch off and restore. This helps me feel more relaxed throughout the day and activates my parasympathetic nervous system, allowing my cortisol levels (stress hormones) to come down, and restoring balance to my body.
I’m currently in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to help manage my anxiety, and honestly it has made a world of difference. I want you all to know that there is absolutely nothing wrong with asking for help – in fact, it’s actually really brave!
I’m doing CBT, which focusses on getting rid of those negative behaviours and emotional responses, and develops coping mechanisms. It’s really helping me! I really encourage you to seek help if you’re struggling.
My latest formula specifically designed to help with stress and anxiety has just launched! It’s been doing absolute wonders for my stress management since I started taking it a few weeks ago.
As always, I dig into the research on which herbs and nutrients have been shown to truly reduce anxiety and induce calm. The ingredients I love the most have all been added into this new Anxiety + Stress formula.
I hope it helps you guys and gives you that little bit of relief you so deserve!
It contains a powerhouse of ingredients that have made such a world of difference in managing my anxiety (and stress). These include:
- Chamomile, which improves psychological wellbeing
- Magnesium, which regulates the brain’s management of stress
- Passionflower, which keeps anxiety in check
- Ashwagandha, which as a calming effect on the body
- Lemon Balm, which improves mood and increases calmness.
My new formula contains all of these and more – because I feel your pain, and I want to help!
PS: There are also fab adaptogenic herbs in the formula that can really help manage feelings of overwhelm and stress.
- Limiting my caffeine intake
I know, it’s a lot to ask, but I’m not telling you to give up coffee completely, don’t worry!
While I love a good coffee as much as anyone, consuming too much caffeine increases your cortisol and adrenaline levels. This can lead to hormonal issues and places a lot of stress on the body. I recommend drinking just one coffee every day, enjoyed before midday. If I’m craving caffeine in the afternoon, I’ll switch to a chai tea, green juice, or a homemade chai latte!
Eating adequate protein and fats at each meal will also help balance your blood sugar, meaning you’re less likely to crave pick-me-ups like coffee.
While I definitely don’t believe medication is a miracle solution to any problem, I do very much believe in the power of western medicine when it’s used in conjunction with a healthy, holistic lifestyle.
I’ve been on anti-anxiety medication for the past few months, and it’s really helped manage my anxiety, when used alongside my Anxiety + Stress, and other lifestyle strategies. Remember, anxiety is not something to be ashamed of, and you don’t have to put up with your suffering! Take action, and be empowered to take control of your own symptoms.
Source: Jessica Sepel