In the current context, where for many people the near future seems uncertain and even worrisome, being able to manage stress better can appear more easily said than done. There are as many psychological responses to stress as there are people concerned.
Do you think of yourself as an optimist or a pessimist?
Do you see the glass half empty or half full?
Optimistic people are said to have better physical and mental health, a better attitude towards hardships, that they are more open to change and more adaptable to new ways of living, that they find pleasure and joy in the little things in life and that their smile is communicative and contagious.
Being optimistic will not shield you from stress! However, like the new slogan "Everything will be fine", it creates positivity, it helps build resilience and cultivate an inner strength that allows you to pull yourself together and adapt.
Optimists sleep better and longer… and manage stress better.
This is the conclusion of a 2019 study by Rosalba Hernandez, professor of social work at the University of Illinois, with more than 3,500 people aged 32 to 51 and published in the journal of Behavioral Medicine.
Keeping your hands and mind busy also helps to better manage stress: cooking, knitting, listening to music (soothing for the soul and the spirit), taking time to read and change things up from your everyday life, dancing, meditating whenever your mind gets overwhelmed with thoughts, doing some physical exercises or yoga, discovering new board games… the internet is full of ideas and tips!
What else can you do to support your nervous system, calm your mind and body?
The body reacts the same way to a physical stress and to an emotional stress. The same stress hormones are secreted. Nervousness and anxiety can manifest more often.
• Magnesium is an essential nutrient for the nervous system. It takes part in more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It is the quintessential mineral for relaxation. Chronic stress depletes magnesium stores.
You can take a magnesium supplement at any time of the day, but if in the evening you have trouble relaxing and falling asleep, take it at dinner time or in the evening.
• B vitamins, preferably in their BioCoenzymed form because they are better assimilated. B vitamins nourish the nervous system, particularly vitamin B6 which acts in synergy with magnesium at the cellular level.
• For a fast-acting relief of anxiety and nervousness:
- L-Theanine… for children as well as adults. Its action soothes the mind without causing drowsiness. It increases the alpha waves of the brain and the levels of certain calming neurotransmitters, including those of GABA.
- GABA taken as a supplement provides rapid relief from anxiety attacks and acute stress. GABA plays a key role in balancing mood and improving sleep. It increases the alpha waves associated with relaxation and reduces the beta waves associated with stress and worry.
Break the vicious circle “stress-anxiety-insomnia”
Sleep is essential for physical, mental and spiritual balance. Lack of sleep disrupts mood.
During sleep, many interactions occur between cell regeneration, neural connections, consolidation of learning, physical recovery and immune reactions.
Here are some supplements that are known to help you fall asleep and help you stay asleep:
- Melatonin: always start with a small dose, 1 mg or 3 mg. The effectiveness of melatonin depends on certain receptors in the central nervous system and a higher dosage doesn’t necessarily mean a better effectiveness.
- There are also formulas that combine melatonin with other nutrients, such as Tranquil Sleep, which includes 3 molecules that act synergistically: L-Theanine (calms the mind), 5-HTP (precursor of serotonin) and a little melatonin. A combination that helps you fall asleep quickly and sleep soundly through the night.
- For people who prefer not to use melatonin, there are excellent plant formulas on the market with calming and soothing properties: passionflower, skullcap, valerian, linden, hop flower, California poppy and lemon balm are among the plants that will help you sleep better. And it's good for the whole family!
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