Balancing Stress: Nurturing your Nervous System by a certified naturopathic nutritonist

Stress takes a toll on our body and health. If you are like me and struggle with stress or anxiety, here's what I do to cope and support my parasympathetic state. Erica (Naturopathic nutritionist)

My recent practices: 

  • Prana Mudra breathing techniques (5-minute daily) has been a game changer. It's rejuvenating & gives me mental clarity. 
  • I love Incorporating Nuccy Hazelnut Ashwagandha nut butter into my daily routine. Ashwagandha is a known adaptogen used to soothe anxiety, making it the perfect addition to a tasty, healthy spread. Additionally, the healthy fats found in the nut butter can help stabilise blood sugar levels, which can reduce mood swings and promote feelings of calm and relaxation. 
  • Daily affirmations, mantras, and self-talk for a positive mindset:  

‘I am capable, I am great, I am strong, I am intelligent, I am confident, I am proud of myself, I am kind, I embrace myself fully, the destination may seem distant, but every small step will bring you closer to it.’  

  • Creating new Spotify Playlists and listening to music always heals me.  

On ration lately: Let Love Flow On Sonya Spence, Pretty Little Thing JUNGLE, Soul Sista Bilal, Deeper Dark Pip Millet, Masterpiece SAULT, Preface Pale Jay.  

  • Prioritising Magnesium-rich foods like potatoes, spinach, pistachios, sunflower seeds and bananas supports nourishment for my body and mind. 
  • Rick Rubin's book, "The Creative Act", is my go-to healing book. His perspective on embracing the unpredictable flow of life inspires me and eases my anxious thoughts.  
  • Daily grounding walks in nature.  
  • 8 hours of quality sleep is essential. I rotate between lavender drops under my feet and magnesium spray on the back of my legs and under arms (quick absorption into the lymphatic system) for better sleep.  

Here are some of the long-term effects of stress on our body: 

  • Malfunctioning cortisol (stress hormone) release  
  • Increased glucose release  
  • Insulin resistance 
  • Increased inflammation 
  • For a little more context, stress triggers adrenaline and noradrenaline (hormones), which in turn activate inflammatory mediators, leading to increased oxidative stress in our cells. 


You can find more advice and information on her blog here.


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