Anxiety can show up in a lot of ways but probably one of the most common symptoms is a racing mind, with thoughts that are impossible to shut off. Even more frustratingly, they tend to surface right before bed, making it difficult for you to fall asleep or to stay asleep. You may have tried sleeping pills, but the long-term side effects can be damaging to the brain and the body.
What’s a safer alternative?
If you’ve ever heard me speak, I often extol the benefits of Magnesium, and how vital it is for every day functioning, particularly with regard to stress. Every sleep-deprived, hormonally-challenged, stressed-out client I work with, learns about the value of incorporating this miracle mineral into their diet, or via smart supplementation. Why? Probably because Magnesium is required for just about every cellular and bodily function. However, the stress and pace of our 21st Century lives actually causes us to leach this precious and vital mineral. This can lead to:
– Atrial Fibrillation (racing heart)
– Calcium loss
– Ears ringing
– Hormonal Imbalances
– Kidney Stones
– Muscle Spasms
– Restless Leg Syndrome
– Sleep issues
– And this list can go on!
So how do you choose the right form of this mineral?
If you go to a local supplement store you will notice there are multiple forms of magnesium. From Epsom Salts to Magnesium Supplement capsules, they all come in varying strengths and bio-availability, i.e. levels of absorption. Apart from including more magnesium rich foods into your diet, such as those listed above, supplementation is the simplest solution.
You can use a spray or gel to get magnesium directly into muscles, or if you have trouble sleeping, Magnesium Citrate is my go-to. It starts working quickly to relax your body, and turn off those whirring thoughts. When combined with behavioural strategies like scheduled recovery, and meditating, this effect is enhanced!
It turns on the body’s healing by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, and is a miracle worker for dampening the cortisol-stress response. Dosing levels will vary based on your individual needs. I have found personal success with one dose in the morning, and one dose before bed, to keep me level. During more stressful times, where it’s easy to get distracted, I up my dose gradually to what my body can tolerate, and I practice more meditation, so that I can become more mindful of what my triggers are.
It’s always best to work with a provider who understands supplementation and the difference between drug-store / supermarket brands versus food-based, therapeutic-grade supplements!
They’re pricier but it’s so worth it. You save your liver from the strain that cheap supplements can cause. You absorb more and excrete less when you select better quality supplements, which means that you’ll begin feeling the benefits sooner. When coupled with changes in beliefs, behaviours, and overall nutrition, magnesium is a powerful tool in your Anti-Stress Toolkit.
If you think you’d benefit from the guidance of someone who has a family history of anxiety and has successfully combined psychotherapy and personalised nutrition to deal with her own, I’m available to help. You can dial down the noise from racing thoughts, and the anxiety comes with it. Click the link below, so we can get you started on your way to a calmer mind.