4 top exercise and eating tips to combat anxiety
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Anxiety is your body's natural response to stress. Most of the time it is harmless* - a reaction that helps us to focus, prioritise and handle difficult situations. The key is to keep levels of anxiety manageable, and that starts by making simple changes to your lifestyle. Keep reading for 4 top exercise and eating tips that can reduce mild symptoms of anxiety and help reveal a calmer, more relaxed version of you!
* If you are concerned about the anxiety that you or someone else is feeling, please speak to a healthcare professional. The advice on this page is not a substitute for medical advice.
1. Don’t forget about sleep
Look forward to a Zespri™ SunGold™ kiwifruit when you wake! 8 hours may be the golden number, but the quality is as important as the quantity. Try to create a calm sanctuary in your bedroom, free of electronic devices and the TV remote. Instead, try reading before bed or listening to a podcast - there are lots of free shows and tunes that are designed to provide relaxation for sleep. Final tip? Make sure there are a couple of Zespri™ SunGold™ kiwifruit in the fridge for breakfast. You’ll sleep safe and sound knowing you’ve got a tasty morning ahead!
2. Stay active and go outside
Zespri™ SunGold™ kiwifruit are perfect for an on-the-go breakfast! Daily anxiety can be reduced with a dose of the fresh outdoors. Plus, nature is free - so less stress on your bank balance! It doesn't have to be a marathon workout session every day: just a few minutes of outdoors time can reduce anxiety symptoms and help you unwind. Better yet, pop a couple of Zespri™ SunGold™ kiwifruit in your pocket and enjoy an al fresco breakfast at your leisure!
3. Balance taste with nutrition
Zespri™ SunGold™ kiwifruit are irresistibly delicious! When you're feeling anxious, it doesn't help to start worrying about everything you put in your mouth. Counting calories are a big anxiety no-no! Instead, look for fresh, natural, tasty foods that you love and which you also know are full of vitamins and minerals. And don't forget the water - we often mistake being thirsty or hungry for added anxiety. Eating well is easy with Zespri™ SunGold™ kiwifruit. They are naturally high in vitamin C, a nutrient that scientists agree contributes to normal psychological function.
4. Avoid quick fixes
Find lasting satisfaction with a Zespri™ SunGold™ kiwifruit breakfast. There's nothing wrong with a glass of wine or a sweet treat to take the edge off an anxiety provoking day. But this can create a cycle of dependence that only increases our feelings of stress and worry. Instead, experiment with irresistible breakfast treats that put a smile on your face whilst providing your entire daily vitamin C needs. Need some inspiration? Try this yoghurt bowl with Zespri™ SunGold™ kiwifruit, apple and seeds (flax, chia and sesame).