Constant pressures of life and the demands we put on ourselves can take its toll. Are you juggling a few too many plates, struggling to feel calm, and maybe running a busy mind that struggles to switch off?
If so, learning about Adaptogenic herbs & good daily habits to support your stress is important.
Life has gotten so complicated that sometimes we forget the importance of basic lifestyle habits that support our Body & Mind.
I had to be really critical of myself when I hit breaking point after my second child. I was unknowingly pushing myself too far and ultimately was running around in slight chaos. Organised chaos is the best way I can describe it. It wasn’t until I was forced to take some time off that I really saw how unhealthy my patterns were.
I had to find a way to care for two babies under 13 months, survive on no sleep, keep my business afloat and learn to accept my new body & life. I had and still have to “give up” on some of the things I wanted to achieve & for me that is a constant battle. But family always comes first!
It was hard learning to juggle everything. It still is hard! But I have found ways to reduce & manage my stresses and create more balance. Don’t get me wrong, my life is not stress free or perfect & I do have some sleepless nights every now again. But thats life. Letting go of perfection & trying to surrender to the present moment has helped me enjoy the journey.
We cant stop all our stressors but we can learn to manage them and create some lifestyle habits to support our body and mind as we navigate through the ups & downs of life.
Cortisol. The Stress Hormone!
Cortisol is the hormone that governs our stress response. When we get scared, feel overwhelmed, feel at risk, get anxious, feel angry, have inflammation, skip meals etc then our body responds by sending signals from the brain to the adrenal glands to produce cortisol. Stress even tells our body to shut down ovulation and/or stop making progesterone in favor of producing cortisol and then what happens is the anxiety and panic set in.
Cortisol is a hormone that should be highest in the morning and gradually lower towards the end of the day, however, for many of us our body & minds are constantly exposed to stress and therefor the cortisol response is “turned on” constantly. To put it simply, our body is in a constant state of “fight or flight” as we juggle too many plates. This results in the body producing too much cortisol & eventually the adrenals get so tired of it, they actually give up and we end up having too little cortisol. Mad I know!!! But thats what happens in the complex system of hormones.
So if we can support the adrenals/cortisol, and apply self help habits we can reduce the negative impacts of stress on the body.
Some of the tools I use to navigate my stress.
- Accepting that everyone of us has struggles
- What I see on social media is not a true reflection of life & try not to compare to others
- Turn off the news, negative TV.
- Embracing Self Worth meditation & body acceptance mindset
- Prioritising down time & at least 7 hours sleep
- Staying hydrated – this is something I have to work at!
- Eliminating toxic people out of my life
- Surrounding myself with people who genuinely care about me
- Exercising & giving my body the love it deserves
- Conscious eating & making my food habits healthy ones
- Little/No caffein & alcohol. (I find alcohol really sets me back)
- Balance blood sugars & not skipping meals
- Exploring self development & self love workshops/books on an ongoing basis. I believe our inner work is never fully done and we always can peel a few more layers off our limiting beliefs
- Deep breathing & Self Care Habits (Lavender bath, Meditation, Things for fun)
- Supplement with Magnesium, B Vitamins, & Adaptogenic Herbs.
My Favourite Supplements to support busy life.
No supplement or product is going to “fix” you. But there is no doubt that using the benefits of Food & Herbs is a fantastic way to support your Body & Mind. I love Adaptogenic Herbs, Magnesium & B Vitamins as these have greatly helped me & many clients.
Adaptogenic Herbs: work at a molecular level by regulating a stable balance in the hypothalamic, pituitary, and adrenal glands. These are involved in the stress response. They work by “hacking” the stress response in the body. The “adapt” to the bodies needs. They work by way of the HPA AXIS (how your brain and adrenals talk) and can help balance your cortisol output. These herbs have been used to enhance fertility, stamina and longevity in Chinese, Ayruvedic, and other traditional medicines for a very long time. (Both of these are available on my online shop. Just click on the images to order or pop me a mail)
Magnesium is the 4th most abundant mineral found in the body. It It’s involved in over 600 cellular reactions. It is well known for its role in supporting muscles & DNA. It is also highly beneficial to women for hormonal balance. Low magnesium has been linked to high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, osteoporosis, and other serious concerns. Taking magnesium can help reduce these risks while also improving energy, mood, hormone balance, bowel regularity, and more.
In a study in 46 older adults, those taking a magnesium supplement daily fell asleep faster. They also noticed improved sleep quality and decreased insomnia symptoms (read study). What’s more, animal studies have found that magnesium can regulate melatonin production, which is a hormone that guides your body’s sleep-wake cycle. Magnesium has also been shown to bind to gamma-aminobutyric (GABA) receptors. The hormone GABA helps calm down nerve activity, which may otherwise affect sleep.
What more could you want!
Below are my go two supplements for supporting my clients with adaptogenic herbs, Magnesium & B vitamins. Both can be purchased on my online shop. Just click on the images or head to the SHOP
When looking for ways to support and mange your busy body & mind, take some time to look at all aspects of your life. Make a conscious effort to cut back or eliminate things in your life that are not serving you.
Give yourself permission to Slow Down & scale your life back.
We have a tendency to do more & be more, but what if you were to do the opposite and create a simpler, slower pace of life!
I for one have done both, and the slower pace is the route I’m aiming for.
Wishing you health & happiness,