Been feeling stressed lately? The past year has been a tough one to handle – spending so much time within the same four walls isn’t easy. We’ve seen orders of stress-busting supplements skyrocket and searches for tips to help with low moods rise. Now that we’re all heading out of lockdown, things could change soon: but in the meantime, you may need help now.
We know that a body and mood-boosting supplement, together with small lifestyle changes, can give you the lift you may be looking for. That’s why we’ve pulled together expert advice from the pharmacists at Medino to bring you these stress-soothing tips.
Read on, and get ready to relax.
Make sure you get enough magnesium
Magnesium truly is a wonder mineral – it’s even known as the “beautiful mineral” in Chinese medicine. It not only helps your muscles to relax and contract and keep them in good working order. It also helps to reduce tiredness and fatigue: two common symptoms of stress, and sometimes even the cause.
Taking a magnesium supplement can increase your overall magnesium levels. By using a topical spray, you can target areas of concern for tired or stressed muscles. Topical sprays also go straight to the bloodstream and aren’t lost in the digestive tract, meaning they’re highly absorbable. Apply 5 – 20 sprays on your skin after a shower and lightly massage it in.
2. Get up and go
Being active isn’t just about losing pounds or getting fit. It can also act as a great stress reliever. It may not make the stress disappear, but it will make it feel more manageable.
Medino’s pharmacist, Guilia, says that even 10 minutes of moving around each day to get your heart rate up can help to make you feel better.
Even if you’re not keen on a Couch to 5K challenge, you can still get your heart rate up with a brisk walk. If you have any joint problems, you could try low impact yoga videos – a few minutes of Child’s Pose and Downward Dog can do a world of good.
Get results with Reishi extract
Reishi mushrooms have been used in medicine for hundreds of years – and for good reason. They can be used to help enhance your immune system, reduce stress, improve sleep and lessen fatigue. Great news if you’re not quite feeling yourself and could use a little boost.
Make sure the extract is organic and grown on a wood-rich substrate where reishi grows naturally. Extracts made from fruiting bodies are rich in beta-D-glucans, triterpenes and active nutrients, giving you the full benefit of this incredible little mushroom.
Take some me-time
We’ve all spent a lot of time at home this past year, which could have been great for some “me-time”. But we’ve been dealing with work, Zoom meetings, kids, cooking and everything else – with no break. It’s important to take some time out for yourself to relax and unwind doing something you enjoy.
Medino’s pharmacist, Giulia, recommends setting aside a couple of nights a week – or even a few hours – to do what you love. Take a long bath, do some meditation or even catch up with your friends and family. Switch off from the pressures to indulge in life’s little pleasures.
Get tame with Lion’s Mane
As its name suggests, this is another powerful mushroom to help beat stress. Lion’s Mane may be beneficial for anxiety and depression, enhancing the immune system and boosting cognitive function. A natural, nutrient-dense extract, Lion’s Mane Mushroom is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
Try a multi mushroom supplement
Medino’s pharmacist, Giulia, recommends taking a multi-mushroom supplement to get the stress-busting benefits of different types all at once. A multi-mushroom blend often contains a blend of different mushrooms that can help to reduce stress.
If you’re not sure which organic mushroom extract to take, a blend is usually a great way to go as it contains many species which offer multiple benefits.
This article was written by Medino, a fabulous stockist of KIKI Health Food Supplements and Superfoods. UK-based digital pharmacy Medino aims to make pharmacy shopping more convenient by allowing customers to order at home for delivery to their door.www.medino.com.