By David Saunders, Health Editor | UPDATED: 08:28, 08 July 2020
Not only are we bored of hearing about Brexit but a poll recently taken has revealed that 63% believe the anxiety surrounding Brexit is bad for people’s mental health. Guys, it’s stress awareness month, this added stress doesn’t sound right! Follow our experts advice to help bring a little bit of calm back into your life…
1. The best foods to eat for stress
Whilst it’s tempting to reach for the comfort foods in stressful times, Fiona Lawson working with sense* (www.senseproducts.co.uk) shares options that will help your body relax and unwind…
“Leafy greens. These are rich in the mineral magnesium, which helps your body relax.”
“Kefir. This fermented milk drink is full of natural probiotics, which have been found to reduce Anxiety.”
“Turmeric. Like probiotics, this anti-inflammatory herb has been found to reduce anxiety.” Research suggests that turmeric doses of 500-2,000mg per day are needed to be effective.*
Top tip: “Even if you’re eating well, it can be difficult to reach all of your nutritional needs,” adds Fiona. Increase your daily intake of Turmeric and protect your body against oxidative stress with sense* for busy lives (£21.99, www.boots.com). This 30 day supply of super food goodness also contains vitamin B2, selenium, vitamin C & zinc which contribute to the protection of cells from oxidative stress.
2. Prioritise sleep
A good night’s sleep is incredibly important for all aspects of our help. Unfortunately, the western environment is interfering with our sleep – scrolling mindless on social media, staying late at work and juggling 27 things at once. “We’re more quickly wound up if we haven’t had enough kip. Each evening, turn all devices off an hour before bed to give your body the chance to wind down for sleep,” adds Fiona.
3. Go for a stroll
Fiona explains why surrounding yourself in nature is a must- “Studies show that walking in nature can help to boost our self-esteem. Get away at lunchtime for a 20-minute walk in the local park.”
Slow down and spend some time focusing your attention on the present moment – Experiment with the brand new mindfulness platform, ThinkWell LiveWell (www.thinkwell-livewell.com).
Experienced therapist and former advertising psychologist, Mick Cassell, has created a website to answer the needs that his professional and personal experience told him were not being met by the mindfulness apps currently in the marketplace.