5 Ways To Release Stress And Keep Calm

No matter what time of life you may be in, Fall always seems to go by in a flash. From the excitement of a new season, holidays filling up the calendar, and the bright light of a new year up ahead – most of us are usually run ragged by November. To support your body and all that you require it to do, having a strong selfcare and self nutrition plan is vital.

Living a high-output life can create unwanted stress. High stress can cause forgetfulness, confusion, difficulty concentrating and other problems that disrupt daily activities1.When is the last time you were telling a story to a friend only to blank on certain words? The “what’s it called”, “this thing...”, “what am I trying to say?” ?

If that wasn’t enough to contend with, we know that stress can also do a number on your digestive system. One reason that we may not have the get-up-and-go energy that we are used to can be due to poor digestive function. If your digestive system is not working properly, you may experience things like: low moods, low energy, achy joints, and body pain2,3,4.

We want to make sure this season you feel your best, so that you can show up as your best!

A few things to consider adding to your daily regime to help support foundation health:

  • Try Box breathing – if meditation is not for you, this 1–2-minute breathing exercise is great to help bring your mind back to the present moment. You can look up videos on how to do it, but simply put you: breath in for a count of 4, hold for 4, breathe out for 4, and hold for 4. You can repeat this cycle a few times.
  • Take an Omega-3 supplement everyday like, Jamieson’s Extra Strength Omega-3. Even if you are a fish eater, it can be very difficult to consume and absorb an efficient amount of omega-3’s from food alone. Omega-3s have been shown to support brain function and healthy mood balance8.
  • Get out in nature! No matter the season, breathing fresh air and taking in the visual delights of trees, lakes, sunshine, all have been shown to help promote positive mood balance. In a review of the research, Gregory Bratman, PhD, shared evidence that contact with nature is associated with increases in happiness, subjective well-being, positive affect, positive social interactions and a sense of meaning and purpose in life5.
  • Add in a probiotic supplement like Jamieson’s Advanced Probiotic with Prebiotics. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that can be consumed to help normalize gastrointestinal microflora​ and promote a favourable gut flora6. The good bacteria (probiotic) contribute to the development and maintenance of a healthy gut7.
  • When we are busy it can be common for us to looks for quick fixes for meals and sometimes when we do this we miss entire food groups! One way to ensure you are promoting a strong, healthy, foundation is with the addition of a multivitamin. Jamieson has sex-specific and age-specific formulations to meet your unique needs.

 

References:

  • Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. (2019, April 19). When you should seek help for memory loss. Mayo Clinic. Retrieved September 15, 2021, from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/alzheimers-disease/in-depth/memory-loss/art-20046326.
  • Van Langenberg, D.R. and Gibson, P.R. (2010), Systematic review: fatigue in inflammatory bowel disease. Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, 32: 131-143. doi:1111/j.1365-2036.2010.04347.x
  • Berstad, A., Undseth, R., Lind, R., & Valeur, J. (2012) Functional bowel symptoms, fibromyalgia and fatigue: A food-induced triad?, Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology, 47:8-9, 914-919, DOI: 3109/00365521.2012.690045
  • Cole, J.A., Rothman, K.J., Cabral, H.J. et al.Migraine, fibromyalgia, and depression among people with IBS: a prevalence study. BMC Gastroenterol 6, 26 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-230X-6-26
  • Bratman, G. N., Anderson, C. B., Berman, M. G., Cochran, B., de Vries, S., Flanders, J., Folke, C., Frumkin, H., Gross, J. J., Hartig, T., Kahn, P. H., Kuo, M., Lawler, J. J., Levin, P. S., Lindahl, T., Meyer-Lindenberg, A., Mitchell, R., Ouyang, Z., Roe, J., … Daily, G. C. (2019). Nature and mental health: An ecosystem service perspective. Science Advances, 5(7). https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.aax0903
  • Hun, L. (2009). Original Research: Bacillus coagulans Significantly Improved Abdominal Pain and Bloating in Patients with IBS, Postgraduate Medicine, 121(2): 119-124.
  • Round, J. L., Mazmanian, S. K. (2009) The gut microbiome shapes intestinal immune response during health and disease. Nature reviews Immunology. 9(5): 313-323.
  • Health Canada. Progressive Omegessential Fish Oil. Product Information NPN. Retrieved from https://health-products.canada.ca/lnhpd-bdpsnh/info.do?licence=80033215.