I attended a professional seminar early this week on stress and anxiety disorders and like many other clinics in Australia we’ve noticed a marked increase in people presenting with stress, anxiety and depression.
These disorders currently affect over 400 million people around the world and in Australia one in five people will experience a mental illness in their lifetime. The World Health Organisation acknowledges that depression is already a leading cause of disability and predicts that by 2020 depression will be the second leading global disease (after heart disease).
The good news is that, as natural health care practitioners, we can help.
It seems with every new year the pace is picking up a notch and we are becoming ever-more stretched to our very limit… what, with unrealistic work hours and deadlines, increasing societal expectations and family commitments – we have more and more people come in-store suffering from physical and mental exhaustion, being teary, overwhelmed, anxious, irritable, suffering from a low libido and lowered mood. Sleep problems are on the rise along with high blood pressure, hot flushes and night sweats. Stimulants such as coffee and sugar are relied upon to keep us going and it seems as a society we’re absolutely exhausted.If you can relate to any of the above symptoms and feel a little like you are no longer in control of your life and it’s sweeping you along at break-neck speed… then it’s time you need a little support.
If you don’t support your nervous system you’ll take the risk of running on empty…
Once we start feeling constantly stressed and anxious we can become extremely rundown – our immune and digestive systems become compromised, our hormones (especially thyroid hormones) go out of whack and we run the risk of suffering from depression as the body shuts down in its response to the relentless stress.
In these high stress, and high pressure times, we need to nurture, nourish and support our nervous system and our adrenal glands.
We need to take just a little time-out every day for ourselves and ensure that we are eating whole foods that nourish not only our physical bodies but also our mental and emotional pathways.
Ensure you are taking daily the 3 basic nutrients for your nervous system:
- 1.A high quality B-group vitamin
- 2.Powdered magnesium
- 3.High potency fish oil
Take Withania, Oats, Lavender and Rehmania to support your nervous system, Rhodiola, Withania, Licorice root and Ginseng to support your Adrenals and Zizyphus, Magnolia and Passionflower to address anxiety and insomnia.
Eliminate caffeine, sugar and alcohol and drink lots of water. And most importantly make sure you are making time to exercise most days and eating 4-5 cups of vegetables and salad every day.
And if you need more help check out our StressBuster program.
Because it’s Not a Rehearsal
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