Tips to Managing Stress + Anxiety

In this fast-paced, over connected world, none of us escape the struggle with stress and anxiety. In addition to the following tips, join MOXIE Lab on Facebook for weekly workouts, playlists + inspo. 

ATTITUDE & MINDSET

  • Breathe. Breathe some more.
  • Acknowledge your fears, anxieties, concerns. Offer them up in prayer, if you pray. Write them in your journal. Share them with others.
  • Practice empathy. Even while avoiding close physical contact, message the people you care about. Stand with those most vulnerable.
  • Check in on folks. Call people you love. FaceTime with friends and family.
  • Stay aware. But don’t not let the Corona-chaos news take all of your time.
  • Practice kindness. Remember we are in this together.
  • Sleep, eat and exercise.
  • Practice gratitude. Make note of the things for which you are grateful.
  • Connect with your spiritual or religious tradition if you have one. Find strength and solace and power in texts, rituals, practices, holy times and seasons.
  • Practice hope. Trust in our power to conquer and prevail!

ADAPTOGENS

While exercise, yoga or a glass of red wine may provide temporary relief, one of the most powerful ways to consistently nip anxiety in the bud is to tackle it with herbal nutrition.

Specifically, channeling the power of adaptogens and amino acids to help keep anxiety at arm’s length. Adaptogens are a class of natural herbs used in healing traditions across the globe, now returning to widespread use. A few major adaptogens and amino acids stand out for targeting stress and anxiety, including:

Ashwagandha: This Ancient Ayurvedic adaptogen has long been turned to for its calming, stress-alleviating properties. It is famed in India for targeting cortisol and supporting bodily calm

Rhodiola Rosea: Having been used for centuries to combat stress, this Scandinavian adaptogen is also known for its ability to help boost focused energy levels.

L-Theanine: Found naturally in tea leaves including green tea, this amino acid has been found to stimulate alpha waves in your brain that help keep your mind focused and relaxed.

While each of these ingredients can be helpful on their own, harnessing their effects together may be even more powerful.

PRACTICE MEDITATION & MINDFULNESS WITH HEADSPACE

There are a lot of unknowns in the world right now. To help support you through this time of uncertainty, Headspace is offering free support during the current global crisis.

These are part of a larger collection in the Headspace app — free for everyone — called Weathering the storm. It includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help you out, however you’re feeling. Find some space and kindness for yourself and those around you.

TIPS FOR A TIMEOUT:

• Set aside 30-minutes in the morning and evening for meditation.

• Have periods in the day to duck out of technology completely.

• Keep your phone and laptop out of your bedroom.

Visit Headspace to discover more about meditation, mindfulness.

DISCLAIMER: The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images and information, contained on or available through this web site is for general information purposes only.

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