We’ve asked qualified Nutritionist Rachel Greene for her guide to naturally supporting anxiety. Read on for everything you need to know.
Our Anxiety Tips
The NHS defines anxiety as ‘a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe’. Temporary periods of anxiety are normal during times of stress, but for some people, anxiety can be a constant pressure that affects their daily life. In fact, studies show that 1 in 6 people in the UK currently suffer from depression or anxiety.
There are a variety of ways we can improve our mental health naturally, so why not try one of the following ideas?
We’ve all heard that yoga is excellent for a range of conditions, from stress to chronic fatigue. Yoga trumps its exercise counterparts due to the focus on controlling the breath (‘pranayama’), which is a key part of managing anxiety. Breathwork is a common theme throughout all types of yoga. If slower exercise isn’t your thing, you might prefer a higher energy vinyasa flow or hot yoga class.
Practising yoga just twice a week can improve overall wellbeing and fitness, and reduce stress. You should be able to find yoga classes at most local gyms. If you prefer to work out at home, there is a whole host of online resources to guide your practice.
There’s a reason that people who live by the ocean are more relaxed and it’s not just the gorgeous views. Seawater is naturally high in magnesium which is a mineral essential for over 300 different reactions that occur in the body. Supplementation of this important nutrient can help reduce symptoms of mild-moderate anxiety, as well as improve symptoms of PMS (with an even greater improvement shown when combined with vitamin B6).
Magnesium deficiency can also present with similar symptoms to anxiety, including nervousness, poor sleep, irritability and reduced sports performance. Not able to get the beach? Myvitamins Zinc & Magnesium Tablets are an easy way to increase your intake of two essential minerals.