As the weather is getting warmer and we are getting back into a routine again (2020 version), we’re stepping into spring with a bit of baggage. There’s been a lot of noise the past few months and a lot of information on how to navigate through these uncertain times.

I feel like we’ve all been trying to find even more balance than before. And even if things are finally getting better here in NZ and we are getting more sun, there has been an accumulation of stress that we’re all holding.

That’s why Khalid from Urban Herbalist and I are wanting to share a few tips and hacks on how to stay balanced, reduce stress and how to find peace within a very full life.

There will always be some sort of chaos going on around us, but there are definitely little changes we can make to help calm our nervous system and rewire our stress response. Let’s get into it 🙂

  • Hack your mind

Meditation is spoken about a lot for a reason. It is proven to enhance awareness and clarity. If you haven’t tried it. Please give it a go, even for a week to try it out and see how you feel.

There are loads of free guided meditations out there, Insight Timer is a good one and it even has beautiful children mini meditations.

  • Use powerful mantras

Taking a breath and find a calm space for yourself. Take a big exhale, close your eyes and melt your shoulders away from your ears. Releasing that tension and repeating these sentences as you breathe.

“I am safe”

“I am beautiful” – and take in what that really feels like when you tell yourself that. Let any other thought go that stands in the way of that.

“I am love”

“I am enough”

  • Explore supplements that work for you

We all want to boost our health, support our immunity and restore balance. But what is also important is to really listen to yourself and your needs. It’s about aligning ourselves with our own flow and tapping into our highest energy!

Here are three product features that can help:

Metagenics Calm-X powder –  Contains Magnesium, B vitamins, vitamin C and zinc, nutrients required to be able to cope with stress effectively as well as chronic stress. The adrenergic effects of stress induce a shift of magnesium to the extracellular space (outside your cells, where you need them). Magnesium deficiency adversely affects neurotransmitters such as serotonin and acetylcholine which is associated with stress. It also contains Taurine, which inhibits the release of too much adrenaline.  Zinc is also important as it is found to be deficient in most people with anxiety disorders.

L Theanine – Ltheanine can help foster a state of calm, attentive wakefulness. Ltheanine has positive effects on both the mental and physical symptoms of stress, including lowering heart rate and blood pressure. It is safe in children and even in pets! It works in as little as 30 minutes. Can also be added to Calm-X or just on its own in water.

Neurocalm contains a beautiful blend of calmative herbs which work in as little as 30 minutes for when you’re feeling anxious. Ingredients include Passionflower, Zizyphus and magnolia, which help to reduce anxiety without impairing cognition.

And if you think you need more in depth assessment with Khalid, pop in and have a chat with him, he will give you amazing advice and recommendations.