The occasional stressful event is part of life.

Stress is the body’s way of helping us to focus so we can tackle the problem.

When stress is on going, whether it’s from work demands or taking care of everybody else – it can take its toll on the body.

Chronic stress can result in all sorts of health problems such as hormonal, heart and stress can even cause fat to gather around the middle.

Whilst we can’t always control stressful events from occurring, we can control how we respond to them.



7 Ways To Deal With Stress: Gain Back Serenity and Control


1. Keep cool with 3 meals a day.

Skipping meals can cause our blood sugar levels to drop.

Low blood sugar not only stimulates the release of the stress hormone cortisol, but also can leave us feeling tired, irritable and even tearful.


2. Ease tension with magnesium.

Known as ‘natures tranquilliser’, upping your magnesium intake is a must if you’re feeling the tension. Magnesium can help with sleep, resilience to stress and muscle relaxation.

Eat more dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, fish, beans, whole grains, avocado yoghurt and dark chocolate.


3. Calm your nerves with chamomile.

Chamomile is a calming herb with potent anxiety reducing effects.

Chamomile can be consumed daily as a tea, infused in oils or honey, and can be added to smoothies.


4. Unwind with a little bit of chocolate.

New research has shown that eating a square of dark chocolate a day can relieve emotional stress. It’s the high quantity of antioxidants called falvonols, which are responsible for these positive effects.

Stick with dark, organic, unprocessed chocolate for maximum benefits.


5. Stay peaceful with deep breathing.

The way you breathe can affect your whole body. By slowing your breathing down you can dramatically reduce anxiety and emotional intensity.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed simply perform 20 slow deep breaths.


6. Clear your thoughts with movement.

Exercise one of the most potent stress relievers but also the most underutilised.

Take a brisk 5-minute walk to stimulate anti-anxiety effects, clear your thoughts and allow you to deal with your stressors more effectively.


7. Sleep deeply with a valerian root tea.

Lack of sleep dramatically increases the output of our stress hormone cortisol. Fatigue also hinders our ability to deal with stressful situations.

Valerian root tea is most commonly used herb for sleep disorders and insomnia. Make a brew and drink one hour before bedtime.

Thank you, Lily. x

Lily Soutter Bsc (Hons) Nutrition, Dip ION, mBANT, CNHC

Lily is a Nutritionist and weight loss expert providing one-to-one nutrition consultations for health optimisation. She has obtained a Food and Human Nutrition degree from Newcastle University and a Nutritional Therapy diploma from The Institute of Optimum Nutrition. Lily has an extensive knowledge of the science of food and health, which enables her to regularly write for The Daily Mail, The Independent, The Mirror, Women's Health, Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping and Cosmopolitan.

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