We’ve asked qualified Nutritionist Rachel Greene for her guide to naturally supporting anxiety. Read on for everything you need to know.
Our Anxiety Tips
The NHS defines anxiety as ‘a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe’. Temporary periods of anxiety are normal during times of stress, but for some people, anxiety can be a constant pressure that affects their daily life. In fact, studies show that 1 in 6 people in the UK currently suffer from depression or anxiety.
There are a variety of ways we can improve our mental health naturally, so why not try one of the following ideas?
We’ve all heard that yoga is excellent for a range of conditions, from stress to chronic fatigue. Yoga trumps its exercise counterparts due to the focus on controlling the breath (‘pranayama’), which is a key part of managing anxiety. Breathwork is a common theme throughout all types of yoga. If slower exercise isn’t your thing, you might prefer a higher energy vinyasa flow or hot yoga class.
Practising yoga just twice a week can improve overall wellbeing and fitness, and reduce stress. You should be able to find yoga classes at most local gyms. If you prefer to work out at home, there is a whole host of online resources to guide your practice.
Find out more about yoga in our blog post.
2. Gingko Biloba
Also known as the ‘maidenhair tree’, Gingko Biloba is thought to be more effective than both placebo and a variety of other herbal supplements in helping to alleviate anxiety related symptoms and improve REM sleep, which is important for learning and memory consolidation.
Gingko may also help to counteract the rise in blood pressure that can occur as a result of stress and has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. This makes Gingko a great supplement option for both body and mind.