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Ways to naturally manage stress and anxiety during lockdown

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Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, stress has become the new normal in many people’s lives. The virus is silent, but it’s presence has caused untold grief and anxiety around the globe, and in the everyday lives of its citizens.

Thankfully, for many, it’s a question of learning to live within the new parameters, which are all doable. That said, we’re all in a holding pattern. And it’s that holding pattern that has everyone so stressed.

Jenna Mangan – handout

“Right now, a lot of people are being challenged mentally and emotionally,” says Jenna Mangan, an Ontario-based holistic nutritionist and certified nutritional practitioner. “People are facing financial challenges, worrying about elderly and vulnerable family members, loss of routine, of work, brings on a sense of helplessness and fear.

“Anxiety is, no doubt, something many Canadians are dealing with currently – it’s a byproduct of living through chaotic times.”

Mangan of canprev.ca, says unchecked anxiety “can greatly impact a person’s day-to-day life, especially during this stressful time,” adding “giving our bodies the nutrients it needs to fire on all engines as much as possible can be helpful in alleviating anxiety and in managing how our bodies respond to stress.”

According to recent studies, food and nutrient intake impacts multiple biochemical processes that influence our behaviour.

In addition to supplying the body with nutrients, Mangan says these biochemical processes also influence brain processes, including higher-level cognition, such as social decision making.

Mangan offers the following tips to add to our health and wellness regimes that can help reduce anxiety and manage the body’s response to stress naturally.

1. Limit caffeine intake

Caffeine may cause nervousness and jitters, none of which is good if you are already feeling anxious. During this time, it might be a good idea to lower caffeine intake to help keep you calm throughout the day and also ensure you can fall into a good night’s sleep.

2. Get good sleep

Speaking of sleep. If you are feeling anxious you may also find it hard to fall asleep, and sleep is so important for the body especially during these high alert times. Avoid large meals and caffeine before bed so that you can fall asleep faster. It’s also a wise idea to shutdown your screens a good hour or so before bed and to try and keep a regular sleep/wake schedule.

3. Take magnesium

Think of minerals as tiny building blocks, that when stacked together, create the framework for building bones, blood cells and a healthy immune system. The mineral magnesium itself is responsible for over 800 functions in the body. Most notably it plays a role in helping us calm the nervous system and helps us find a better sleep. It’s also involved in the production of melatonin, a hormone that helps control sleep and wake cycles. Muscle tension due to lack of magnesium will also prevent good sleep. (visit magnesium.ca to learn more).

4. Eat healthy fats

Getting enough healthy fats does so many wonders for the body and mind. These are foods like avocados, walnuts, ground flax, organic eggs, and wild fish – foods that support satiety, mood regulation, blood sugar regulation, sleep and energy balance. These foods have positive effects on our hormonal system which in-turn helps keep our cognitive and emotional health in-check.

5. Daily movement
Regular exercise is great for our physical and mental health. Even though we can’t hit the gym or our favourite trails as often as we’d like these days, it is very important to work daily physical movement into our schedules. Try an online workout class to get you motivated, push-ups in the morning, whatever it is just remember to move.


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