The last year has undoubtedly been tough for so many of us. The impact of COVID-19 on society has been immense and many of us have experienced illness, the loss of loved ones, financial worries, job losses, fear and anxiety.
The hormones that are released by the body at times of stress are those that trigger your body into a ‘fight or flight’ response. It is the bodies defence mechanism to help in times of emergency; our breath quickens, muscles are tensed and ready for action and our heart races. These responses are useful when your body needs to react to danger, however when the stress response keeps firing day after day it puts your health at risk.
The impact of these stresses on our health and wellbeing can be immense, and it is important now to take some time to rest, reset and recharge.
So I want to share some tips to handle stress and reset and rebalance the system after a stressful year.
1. Enhance your night time routine
Sleep is a powerful stress reducer. Following a regular sleep routine calms and restores the body, improves concentration, regulates mood, and sharpens judgment and decision-making.
Here are some of our top products to enhance your night time routine from Meaghers:
Melissa Dream Restful Sleep
Melissa Dream is a formulation that contains herbal ingredients that have a calmative effect on your body. These tablets contain magnesium, lemon balm, L-theanine and chamomile and can help to relax you also before going to bed. Just take three tablets one hour before bed to relax you and aid a great night’s sleep.
If you find it difficult to fall asleep a hot bath with relaxing bath oil can sometimes help relax your muscles and aids a more restful sleep. Alternatively, you could try taking a spoonful of magnesium powder in a hot drink before bed which can also aid a restful sleep.
MAG365 magnesium powder is a source of highly absorbable, effective, fast-acting water-soluble magnesium in ionic form. It is 100% natural magnesium and helps to both restore healthy magnesium levels and balance your calcium intake, including dissolving any excess calcium in the body. The result of this is natural stress relief. Mix in a hot drink about an hour before bed to help the muscles and body relax and prepare for a great night's sleep.This Work Deep Sleep Pillow Spray
Infused with essential oils of lavender, vetivert and wild chamomile, Deep Sleep Pillow Spray helps you to wind down after a hectic day by soothing the body and mind. This best-selling, natural sleep aid fragrances the room whilst calming your nerves and will become your must-have sleep solution.
2. Find Mindful moments
Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment—and accepting it without judgment.
Mindfulness is an excellent way to help with stress it makes it easier to savor the pleasures in life as they occur, helps you become fully engaged in activities, and creates a greater capacity to deal with adverse events.
Here are some of our top products to enhance mindful moments:
Space masks self-heating eye masks are great to enhance meditation as they relax the muscles around the eyes. These firm favourites of ours also release any tension and help you drift off for a more restful sleep. They also smell of Jasmine which is simply divine.
L-Theanine is one of my favourites for when people are suffering from any anxious feelings as this has a calming and focusing affect. It usually works fast, it crosses the blood brain barrier and can help to regulate your mood and can also help with sleep. High levels are found in good quality Matcha Green Tea or you can get it in a capsule form.
3. Exercise and fresh air
Exercise is a fantastic stress reliever that can work in minutes. Taking a walk allows you to enjoy a change of scenery, which can get you into a different frame of mind, and brings the benefits of exercise as well. Boost your energy with the following products:
Revive Active is a premium product with a powerful formulation of 26 active ingredients offering natural energy all day long. Revive Active will bring your immune system back to normal thereby reducing the chance of colds and flus but more importantly it will keep your heart healthy and you will feel your body totally refreshed.
Revive Active contains all your recommended daily allowance of amino acids, vitamins and minerals. It contains no added stimulants, only natural ingredients so you have no highs and lows. Revive Active contains no artificial colours or sweeteners and is suitable for diabetics, vegetarians and coeliacs.
We are here to help
So however your body has responded throughout these incredibly stressful few weeks and months there are certainly products that can support your body at this time. If you are feeling the impacts of this pandemic on your sleep, your anxiety or energy levels or if you are noticing the effects on your skin or hair myself and my team of pharmacists are here to help you through these challenging times and all you need to do is to reach out and ask for the help that you might need.
Contact us through our helpline to speak to a pharmacist on 01- 485 3098 or email us to firstname.lastname@example.org.