5 positive actions to support mental wellness

More and more people are looking for options when it comes to managing feelings of mild anxiety.

Welcome to 2024, where pressure is as common as traffic jams, grumpy kids, tight deadlines and not having enough time, in any day, ever.

The good news? With a little self-care, you can support your mental wellbeing and get things back on an even keel.

1.      Daily mindful practice

Mindfulness1 is about focusing your awareness on the present moment by noticing what you’re thinking, feeling and experiencing, according to Beyond Blue.

In a study, researchers have found2 that mindfulness is associated with lower stress.

2. Exercise

Whether it’s a brisk walk in nature, a dance party in your living room or a sweaty yoga session, research3 shows exercise can increase endorphin levels, significantly improve mental health and reduce symptoms of mild anxiety and stress.

Physical activity may also improve4 your sleep – and next we touch on why that is important.

3. Sleep

If you’re someone who struggles with getting enough zzzz’s you’ll know that quality shut-eye supports mental wellness.

Getting enough sleep is part of a healthy lifestyle5, which can help you manage your mild anxiety-related conditions.

So, ditch the late-night scrolling sessions and create a relaxing bedtime routine instead.

4. Nutrition

What you eat not only affects your physical health but can also have a big impact6 on your mood and mental wellbeing.

Think colourful fruits and vegies, whole grains, lean proteins and plenty of water – to nourish your body from the inside out.

5. Supplement support

Consider Nature’s Own Mental Wellbeing range to help you navigate the pressures of life.

The range includes:

Nature’s Own Mild Anxiety Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is an evergreen shrub used in India, Africa and the Middle East and is known to help relieve symptoms of mild anxiety.

Nature’s Own Complete Sleep Advanced

Inadequate sleep affects 33 to 45 per cent of Australian adults7, according to an Adelaide study.

Nature’s Own Complete Sleep Advanced contains ziziphus, hops and lactium.

Ziziphus is a herb traditionally used in Chinese herbal medicine to help reduce the time to fall asleep, relieve restless sleep and calm the nerves.

Hops has been traditionally used in Western herbal medicine to help relieve sleeplessness.

Lactium is a bioactive peptide derived from milk that helps relieves symptoms of stress, which is considered to be a common cause of sleeping difficulty.

Nature’s Own Mind, Memory and Energy

This is formulated with gingko biloba, B vitamins and American ginseng, which support memory.

Nature’s Own Mood Balance St John’s Wort

St John’s Wort is traditionally used in Western herbal medicine to calm nerves.

It also supports healthy mood balance.

All available at your local pharmacy to help you unwind, and gently move from chaos to calm.

* This post is brought to you by Nature’s Own Mental Wellbeing range. Always read the label and follow the directions for use.

1 Beyond Blue, Mindfulness and mental health, retrieved March 2024 from https://www.beyondblue.org.au/mental-health/wellbeing/mindfulness
2 Bartlett et al, 2021, Mindfulness Is Associated With Lower Stress and Higher Work Engagement in a Large Sample of MOOC Participants, Frontiers in Psychology, Volume 12, retrieved March 2024 from https://www.frontiersin.org/journals/psychology/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.724126/full
3 Mikkelsen et al, 2017, Exercise and mental health, ScienceDirect, Maturitas, Volume 106, 48-56, retrieved March 2024 from https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0378512217308
4 Physical Activity and Sleep: An Updated Umbrella Review of the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee Report, 2021, Sleep Medicine Reviews, Volume 58, 101489, retrieved March 2024 from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8338757/
5 Health Direct, retrieved March 2024 from https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/anxiety
6 Better Health Channel, Food and your mood, retrieved March 2024 from https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/food-and-your-mood
7 Adams et al, 2017, Sleep health of Australian adults in 2016: results of the 2016 Sleep Health Foundation national survey, Sleep Health, 3(1), 35-42, retrieved March 2024 from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28346149/