Stress and Anxiety

Stress and anxiety are experienced by everyone at one time or another. These feeling are often mild and brief like those caused by a test or interview. Long term anxiety or stress, which last for months, is more serious and should be treated by a health care professional.2 A healthy diet and lifestyle can help maintain the body in good health during times of stress and anxiety. A few tips are:

  • Exercise regularly. Physical activity is one of the best ways to manage stress. Try to do at least 20 minutes of moderate exercise 3 times a week.1
  • Eat a well balanced diet. Nutritional deficiencies caused by a poor diet can contribute to anxiety. Minerals such as Magnesium and Zinc and B vitamins are important for supporting the nervous system during times of stress and anxiety. Reduce or eliminate caffeine and alcohol.2
  • Have a good sleep routine. Sleep is essential to give you strength to cope with stress. To help you relax before bed, try reading or listening to peaceful music.1
  • Relax. Try to find some time to relax each day and spend time with people who make you feel good about yourself.1
  • Treat yourself to a massage. In addition to soothing your muscles, your mind can relax too.2
  • Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to an oil burner, hanky or warm bath, and notice its calming effects. Lavender essential oil helps relieve nervous tension, stress and mild anxiety.2
  • Take a daily multi-vitamin and mineral supplement as nutritional insurance to meet your body’s nutrient needs. This may help reduce the risk of many health problems including fatigue, lowered immunity and impaired cognitive function.3

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