With the support of your doctor or naturopath, better mental health can be achieved. You can develop strategies to help you feel in control of your situation. Stress does not discriminate on age or gender, with both men and women of any’ age feeling the effects of stress at some time or another.
However, what is stressful for one person may not be’stressful for another, as everybody reacts to stress in different ways. In fact, stress can be so ingrained’ in your daily life, that it may feel ‘normal’. Nevertheless, it is important not to underestimate the impact that stress may have on your physical and mental well being.
Working with a Natural Healthcare Practitioner who understands the effects of stress, and who can identify and provide strategies for your specific needs, will help you increase your tolerance to stress and reduce its impact on your body and mind.
Setting Goals to Improve Mental Wellbeing
Setting goals gives life direction, boosts motivation and increases self-confidence. Goals, whether big or small, set to be achieved in a week or a year, are significant signposts on your way to health and well being. That said, goals should be set to give you the greatest chance of success.
Your Practitioner may have a system to help you set some weekly personal goals. Alternately, you and your Practitioner can use the tips below to formulate some achievable goals that will help you to reduce the impact of stress on your well being. Once agreed upon, write these in a Personal Wellbeing Journal.
A commonly used goal-setting method uses the ‘SMART’ approach:
Firstly, find you’re ‘why’– why do you want to achieve your goal? Then ask yourself What? Where, When, Who, Which. Detailed specific goals are more likely to be achieved. Your goal and so know you have achieved it?
Measurable: Make your measurement something you can write down each day in your journal to track your progress.
Attainable: Once you identify what is important to you, consider what your challenges might you find? How will you overcome them? Do not shrink your goal to accommodate your attitudes. Aim to grow and expand your attitudes and beliefs to achieve your goal.
Realistic: Goals Need To Be Realistic. Be sure you are both willing and able to achieve your goal, even if it will take time.
What Does Stress Feel Like to You? The Many Faces of Stress
Stress can manifest in many ways and is different for each individual. You may identify with one or a combination of these different presentations.
Nervous tension and anxiety: Frequent and persistent tension and anxiety may manifest as excessive fear and worry, restlessness, tightening of the chest, racing heartbeat, and in extreme cases panic attacks. This negatively impacts the quality of life and normal day-to-day functioning.
Wired and tired: When stress is ongoing, your brain may perceive this as an ongoing threat, mounting a stress response to keep you alert or ‘wired’. This can reduce your ability to relax and wind-down, resulting in feeling not only wired but tired too – a sensation of being unable to switch-off in spite of being exhausted.
Exhausted and flat: In some individuals, exposure to ongoing stress may physically change the way their brain is able to respond. In these circumstances, the person is left feeling both physically and mentally exhausted, affecting performance at work and in everyday life.
Low mood: Ongoing stress can lead to structural changes to brain tissues, changing the way the brain functions. This can affect the activity of brain chemicals leading to feelings of poor mood.
Emotional: In many people, the effects of ongoing stress impacts their resilience. This may manifest as feelings of overwhelm, vulnerability, and lead to teary, weepy moments.
Insomnia: Stress can negatively impact sleep quality and quantity. This may manifest as an inability to unwind and fall asleep due to ruminating thoughts about your day, frequent waking, and/or feeling unrefreshed upon waking.
What Drives Stress?
Stress acts to motivate and sharpen your focus in situations where immediate action is required. The greater the intensity or urgency of the situation, the greater your stress response will be. For example, if you are faced with danger, your body switches on your acute stress response (also called the ‘flight or fight’ response) to give you a burst of energy and to help you deal with the danger by either running away or fighting back.
However, in the modern world, with emotional triggers seemingly around every corner, many people are faced with ongoing stressors, such as work deadlines, being stuck in traffic, endless emails, and negative news stories. In response to stress, your body releases the hormone cortisol – a chemical that allows you to stay in an active, attentive state for long periods of time in order to handle the stress at hand.
Chronic stress strongly affects every system in your body, with ongoing or poorly managed stress increasing the risk of experiencing potential health consequences.
Stress may affect:
Mental well being and mood
Sleeping patterns (e.g. your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep)
Cardiovascular function, such as your heart rate and blood pressure; and
It is important to manage your stressors in addition to your physical response to stressful situations in order to ensure balance and health are maintained.
Everyone is unique in how they respond to snd experience stress. Your practitioner will help you to identify the causes of your stress. but also the impact stress may be having on you physically and/or mentally that may not be obvious. This may include;
Inflammation and infection
Oxidative Stress – stress can destroy brain cells.
Your doctor can assess and prioritize all the above stress contributors and may recommend nutritional and herbal support, detoxification and weight management programs, diet, and lifestyle intervention specific to your needs.
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The herbs in Astragalus 8 have been used for centuries to help people strengthen their body’s defences and restore good health. Astragalus 8 is based on an ancient Chinese therapy called Fu Zheng Pei Ben. In Chinese medicine terms Fu Zheng means to rectify and support the normal, healthy vital energy (Qi) of all body systems, while Pei Ben means to strengthen the resistance mechanisms of the body especially those relating to healthy immune function.
The scientifically proven herb Astragalus is combined with seven other potent immune system herbs including Ganoderma (Reishi), Codonopsis, Atractylodes, Shisandra, Siberian ginseng, Ligustrum and Licorice to create this modern Chinese herbal medicine.
Astragalus 8 is used to assist with colds, coughs and flu (upper respiratory tract infections), chronic fatigue, and recurrent conditions such as sore throats.
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Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist consult your pharmacist or healthcare practitioner.
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Oriental Botanicals® Bactevir® combines the ancient wisdom of Chinese herbal medicine with the scientifically researched immune stimulant herb Echinacea. Echinacea is one of the most powerful western herbs to help the body fight cold, sore throat and influenza. Bactevir® has natural antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, fever-reducing, pain-relieving, expectorant and decongestive properties. This innovative, fast-acting formula helps to quickly relieve the symptoms of colds, flu, tonsillitis, sinusitis, pharyngitis & laryngitis including sore throat, fever, inflammation, pain, mucus congestion and cough.
It has immune-stimulating and anti-infective actions.
Bactevir contains scientifically researched herbs Echinacea, for immune stimulation, and Andrographis, blended with traditional Chinese herbs including Forsythia, Lonicera and Isatis. This combination provides antiviral, antibacterial, decongestant, expectorant, anti-inflammatory, detoxifying and fever-reducing actions.
People experiencing the symptoms of cold, ‘flu, sinusitis, tonsillitis, laryngitis (sore throats), and glue ear can take Bactevir®, which can also be used for the relief of symptoms such as fever, aches, coughs and mucous congestion.
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In TCM, a herbal formula called Cang Er Zi San has been in traditional use for hundreds of years to help manage mild sinusitis and relieve its symptoms. Consisting of xanthium fruit, magnolia flower, white angelica root and Asian wild mint leaves, Cang Er Zi San is traditionally taken in TCM to help the sinus passages feel clearer and relieve mild sinusitis symptoms such as mucous congestion and headache.
Oriental Botanicals SinuClear combines the herbs in Cang Er Zi San with houttuynia, which is traditionally regarded as having anti-infective properties in TCM.
Read on to discover more about each of the ingredients in SinuClear and their traditional uses in Chinese medicine.
Xanthium is traditionally used in TCM to help clear the congested sinuses and stuffed up nasal passages of mild sinusitis, as well as to relieve associated headaches. It’s also traditionally regarded as having the ability to soothe inflamed and irritated sinus mucous membranes in TCM.
In TCM, magnolia floweris traditionally regarded as having decongestant and anti-infective effects and is taken to help relieve the runny nose that sometimes occurs in mild sinusitis. Thanks to its decongestant properties, it may also be beneficial for runny nasal discharges and sneezing caused by hayfever, based on its traditional use in Chinese medicine.
In TCM, white angelica is traditionally used to help open up the nose and sinuses, soothe mucous membrane inflammation and relieve mild sinusitis symptoms such as pain, pressure and headaches. Like magnolia flower, white angelica is traditionally used as a herbal decongestant in TCM, and is additionally regarded as having anti-infective properties.
Asian wild mint
Asian wild minthelps relieve headaches associated with mild sinusitis and clear the eyes and head, based on its traditional use in TCM.
In Oriental Botanicals SinuClear, the herbs above are accompanied by houttuynia, which is traditionally regarded as having anti-infective and anti-inflammatory properties in TCM, as well as the ability to stimulate the immune system.
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Dale from Western Australia
Bronchelix is a synergistic formula containing the Western herbal expectorants, Elecampane and White Horehound, plus Chinese herbs to relieve cough due to bronchial congestion (whether productive or unproductive), bronchial dryness or bronchial spasm associated with bronchitis, common cold, flu and upper respiratory infections such as laryngitis.
In addition to being a multi-purpose expectorant and antitussive, this medicine provides antiinfective, antiallergic, bronchodilator, demulcent (soothes bronchial airways), anticatarrhal (resolves mucous), antiinflammatory and detoxifying effects to promote healthy lung and respiratory function. It also provides trophorestorative (tonic) action on the lungs to assist with recuperation.
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Traditionally, symptoms of stress are linked with a disturbance of Shen (mind and spirit) sparked by the upward movement of rebellious Qi (energy). This herbal medicine stabilises Shen, calms the mind and spirit, regulates the movement of Qi (energy) and harmonises Stomach function to reduce stress and mild anxiety, and ease nervous dyspepsia and indigestion.
Oriental Botanicals Anxiolift is also standardised to honokiol and magnolol, therapeutic components of Magnolia officinalis extract, which have scientifically evidenced anxiolytic action. In addition, this formula contains Withania somnifera (a well-known Ayurvedic tonic) and traditional Chinese herbs to help improve resistance and adaptation to stress.
Here are some review for your to read. I have provided a Positive and a Negative one;
A Fantastic Product That Really Works
I am a 51 y/o man who is a very nervous & anxious person by nature.
I had to take a practical driving assessment to upgrade my license. On the day of the test I was as usual extremely nervous until I took 2 Anxiolift tablets. I couldn’t believe it my nervousness & anxiety was almost completely gone. I went into my test feeling confident & passed the first time. I’m sure that had I not found & taken Anxiolift I would of certainly failed as my anxiety & nerves would of got in the way.
In day to day situations when I am really stressed I continue to take Anxiolift which substantially improves my quality of life.
I would recommend this product to anyone who suffers from anxiety like I do & to at least try it.
It works well for me.
Unfortunately No Result
I have suffered anxiety, hence insomnia for over 10 years. The only way I can sleep is using anti anxiety meds which I have done to function, but desperately continue to try to wean off. I read the reviews on Anxiolift, and hoped for a small miracle. I am not condemning this herb, all I am saying is if you suffer from long term anxiety and/or sleeping disorder this mild herbal tab may not help. I have tried both morning and evening, and middle of the night., but no calming affect. I am continuing to investigate Guided Meditation on a daily basis in a quite room, so that down the track a mild herb maybe of assistance.