Health

Three Things: Remedies for stress

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I am one of life’s worriers. Not a warrior sadly but a worrier. If you’ve ever encountered one of those twitchy, pale people who jumps at the slightest noise, you’ve probably met me. The irony of it is I love to make people laugh, love to have the craic, to kick back and party but fundamentally I’m of a nervous disposition and have spent my life battling my nerves.

Being a nervy type you’d think I’d have chosen a nice, quiet, stress-free career, right? Not a bit of it. I work in the media as a writer and editor and have to deal with people, stress and relentless deadlines every day. I’m still learning to be poised and self-confident but life is a journey and far too short to be held back by nerves. To borrow a line from the renowned self-help book of the same title, feel the fear and do it anyway.

So to cope with stress, I try to eat clean, take regular exercise and practice my five-minute meditation whenever I can. I’m also a big fan of natural remedies for beating stress so here are three natural products I use every day.

Bach’s Rescue Remedy
Bach’s Rescue Remedy was one of the first products I ever used to help me deal with nerves during school and college exams. Blended with the flower essences of Clematis, Star of Bethlehem, Impatiens, Rock Rose and Cherry Plum, the remedy helps provide support in times of emotional demand. I was given this in both a dropper and spray – which I love – and carry the remedy in my work make-up bag for a quick top-up in times of work chaos. I think a lot of life’s problems stem from how you frame them and with this in my arsenal, I feel more able to deal effectively with whatever the day throws at me.

Weleda’s Lavendar Cream Body Wash
To unwind after a long day’s work at the office, I’ve been using Weleda’s divine Lavendar Cream Body Wash. If you’re not a fan of lavendar, then move along, nothing to see here. But if you are, this is a lovely product to help you relax in the bath or shower at the end of the day. Made from organic lavender and sesame seed oil, it’s a soothing wash that won’t strip or dry your skin. Me likey.

Melissa’s Dream

Finally, before bed I take one or two capsules of Melissa’s Dream to help me get a good night’s sleep. I’ve spoken about my love for this here before and have become something of a Melissa’s Dream pusher in work. Blended with lemon balm and chamomile in combination with selected B-vitamins, Magnesium and the amino acid L-theanine, the tablets help induce a natural state of calm and relaxation. These genuinely work and I wake up feeling more refreshed having taken it. I can’t be without them.

What products do you use to cope with stress?

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