5 Tips for Dealing with Stress & Anxiety

December 22, 2016

 

If you struggle with anxiety and stress, you are not alone.  One of the most common complaints that I hear from clients - kids and adults alike - is feelings of anxiety.

 

We are all under so much pressure day in and day out, and running from one thing to the next - it is easy to feel like a hamster running on those hamster wheels all day long!!  

 

Excess stress can lead to elevated blood pressure, and overtime it can also cause elevated cholesterol levels, weight gain, hormone imbalances, digestion issues, mood imbalances, blood sugar issues, and can even be a trigger for diseases.

 

 

5 tips to reduce stress & anxiety:

 

1. Swap your morning cup of coffee for a cup of matcha tea

 

I love a good cup of Joe, but if you are trying to reduce your stress levels - that might not be the best way to start your day because it can amp you up too much and make you jittery and anxious.   You might be thinking - "But, Sara! I need my caffeine to get going in200 mg of zen the morning!"  

 

The perfect solution is the switch your morning cup of coffee for a cup of matcha tea.  Matcha tea has just enough caffeine to give you a nice energy boost, without making you jittery. And the bonus - matcha tea also has a compound called L-Theanine - which is an amino acid that helps to promote a calm focused feeling. L-Theanine is such a powerful way to reduce anxiety and promote calm feelings, that it is sometimes called "Nature's Xanax".  It does this by enhancing the brain's alpha waves - which creates a deep feeling of relaxation without any sedation or drowsiness.  L-theanine may also help to clear excess free glutamates from the brain, which may contribute to anxiety (free glutamates are found in processed foods, especially those which contain monosodium glutamate - so I always tell clients with anxious kids to skip the Flamin' Hot Cheetos and Doritos - and any other foods which contain MSG)! If you want the benefit of the L-theanine without the caffeine - you can take an L-theanine supplement too - which is nice to do in the evening to calm down before bedtime.  L-Theanine does not contain caffeine, so you can take it any time of day.  Although it won't make you feel sleepy, the calm feeling L-theanine provides, can enhance sleep at night.  A 2004 Australian study found L-Theanine to be more effective