Stress. We all know what it is and how bad it is for us but stress unfortunately rears its head more than we'd like. But there are some ways to get on top of it. We're taking a look at some ways to reduce stress and the best supplements for stress relief.
How can stress affect us?
Life is incredibly fast-paced for many of us. From dashing to work, rushing to pick up the kids, trying to cook, clean, relax, have a social life and stay on top of things like exercise and meditation, life can be stressful on a daily basis just trying to juggle it all. And that's without adding in any additional stressors like money woes, exams or health worries. Not to mention living through a global pandemic.
The human mind craves control and wants to know what the outcome of a situation is likely to be. It's just human nature. But this means mentally, we find it very difficult living in periods of uncertainty. Which is why things like financial problems, relationship issues or a health scare can really take its toll on you and your stress levels.
Stress can manifest in many ways from headaches, sleepless nights and upset tummies to frazzled nerves and anger so it's important to try and minimise it. While we're never going to be able to zap stress from our lives completely, there are some things you can do to try and get a handle on it including taking supplements. We'll delve in to some of the best supplements for stress relief below.
How can we reduce stress?
When it comes to managing stress, there are some practical steps you can take to relieve stress naturally such as working exercise in to your week and calming your mind and body with meditation and mindfulness.
Fueling yourself with good, nutritious food choices is important too (and trying to stay away from sugar, processed foods, caffeine and alcohol). Read more about how to manage stress with a healthy diet.
Other little things like hanging out with friends, doing something you love whether it's reading or dancing, getting outside and embracing nature (and away from screens that may leave you wired!) can all do wonders for you as well.
There are also some brilliant supplements that can help you tackle that unwanted stress. We've put together a handy list of some of the best supplements for stress relief below.
The Best Supplements for Stress Relief
Here's our pick of the best supplements for stress relief including Theanine, Valerian, Ashwagada and Avena Sativa.
Theanine is an amino acid derived from protein. Its natural amino acid L-theanine is found in green tea. It works by affecting the alpha brain waves and helps to promote a relaxed state. It's especially useful if you're having trouble sleeping courtesy of a racing mind.
Rhodiola is a root herb from Siberia and has an adaptogenic effect on the body. This means it can increase your body's resistance to stress and help reduce the effects of long-term stress on the body.
B-Vitamins help maintain a healthy nervous system. They're essential for many processes in the body especially energy production and support of the nervous system. They can come in one capsule, tablet or liquid form.
Valerian is a root herb which comes in capsules or tincture (liquid) and can help if you're finding it hard to sleep because you're stressed. It's also useful for tension or stress headaches and can aid relaxation too.
Avena Sativa is a liquid tincture derived from oats and has a calming effect on the nervous system. If you're struggling to eat because of stress, this supplement can also be a source of nourishment.
Ashwaganda is an ayurvedic Indian herb also known as Indian Ginseng. This adaptogenic herb adapts to the needs of the body, strengthening the adrenal and nervous systems. It supports mental and physical fatigue, while helping you to remain calm.
Omega 3 Fish Oils
Omega 3 fish oils helps to reduce excess cortisol and adrenaline and can help with stress management and to elevate your mood.
Please note, this blog is for informational purposes only and should not replace medical advice.
It’s always best to consult your doctor before taking any new supplements, treatments or remedies if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or on medication.
Checked and updated: 5 September 2021