Alarm clocks, peak hour traffic, tough deadlines, disagreeable children and a pile of bills are part of everyday life. But when you try to keep up with a crazy pace for too long, the cracks can begin to show.
Try doing this quick scan now to check for some of the warning signs:
- Tense muscles, especially in your neck and shoulders
- Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
- Irritable: the smallest things can make you fly off the handle
- Difficulty sleeping and feeling tired a lot of the time
Make sure you see your healthcare professional if these symptoms are new for you, are getting worse, or they're severe.
When you're noticing these signs of stress, it’s time to take action.
Step 1: Change the way you react to stress. You've probably heard the saying 'stress is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it'. It's true. For example, if you have more on your plate than you can possibly get done in a day, stop focusing on the overwhelming list of tasks. Instead, make the decision that you can only do one job at a time and when you finish each job you will go for a walk to clear your head before starting the next. See how different you begin to feel when you start responding differently to the main sources of stress in your life.
Step 2: Support your body so it can cope better with the effects of stress. Try simple things like eating more fresh whole foods, getting some exercise and fresh air every day (when you think you haven't got time to exercise, it's a sure sign you need it), cutting down on alcohol and coffee and treating yourself to a massage or an aromatherapy bath at the end of a long week.
Homeopathic and herbal medicines can also help to support your body during times of stress.
Brauer's range of stress products have been formulated to support you at different times depending on the type of stress you are experiencing.
Brauer Calm contains homeopathic ingredients including Passionflower which is traditionally thought to have a calming effect on the nervous system. Brauer Calm is ideal to use when you need temporary relief from symptoms of stress such as irritability, restlessness and insomnia.
Brauer Focus is also a homeopathic medicine, but rather than having a calming effect, it contains ingredients including Korean Ginseng which are traditionally thought to help you focus and perform at your best when you're under pressure — like when you are in an exam, a job interview or giving a presentation.
Bach Flower Remedies use a selection of individual flower essences that are believed to gently clear negative emotions. Many people find it helpful to carry a bottle of Stress Remedy Bach Flower Drops with them and place 2–4 drops on their tongue when needed to help relieve nervous tension, stress and mild anxiety.
If stress is an ongoing part of your life rather than a short-term interruption, you may find that your body responds well to the ongoing support provided by a herbal and nutritional supplement like Brauer Stress Tablets.
All Brauer stress products are non-habit forming and won't leave you drowsy.
Do you have a favourite tip for dealing with stress in your life? We'd love to hear it.