This Week on The Health Hub…Unique Mental Health Challenges of Generation Z with Jodi Aman

Inspirationally speaking and counseling for over 20 years, Jodi shows Generation Z, their parents, and helpers how to feel worthy, empowered and in control. On her YouTube channel, Practical Miracles, she helps audiences all over the world get clarity, push past fear, and evolve their consciousness. Because Jodi clawed her way out of her own emotional turmoil, she gets it. Through her TEDxWilmington talk, “Cam Anxious Kids,” and her best-selling book, You 1, Anxiety 0, she is changing the way we understand this current mental health crisis. Her new book, Anxiety…I’m So Done With You: A Teens’ Guide To Ditching Toxic Stress and Rewiring Your Brain for Happiness, will be released on July 21st, 2020.
 

Learning Points:

  • How Gen Z mental health differs from other generations
  • Tips for parenting Gen Z kids
  • Rethinking what is meaningful

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What You Eat Can Impact Your Stress Level

In challenging times like these when stress and worry are peaking don’t forget to look at what is at the end of your fork for some help.  You can get a lot of support from the meals that you put together.

Let’s take a look at ideal inclusion and needed exclusions.

What You Eat Contributes To Your Stress Level

Food that contains a lot of sugar can cause a roller coaster ride for your blood sugar and this can cause you to feel jittery and to have mood swings.  Best to stay away from foods in this category.

Keeping in line with the thought of controlling blood sugar, complex carbohydrates, foods high in fiber, are an important inclusion in a diet focusing on stress busting.  Fiber slows down the speed that sugar enters into your blood stream, so it helps you to avoid those sudden spikes and drops in your blood sugar levels, balancing your mood and easing your stress.  Foods high in fiber include cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, celery, berries, leafy greens, beans and whole grains.

Fiber is also key for your gut microbiome health and because your brain and gut are connected a healthy, happy gut microbiome leads to a happier you.

And if we are talking about creating a happy gut, we can’t forget fermented foods that are a good source of probiotics. So, we are talking about things like kefir, kombucha, apple cider vinegar and kimchi.

Some studies have suggested that omega-3 fatty acids may be beneficial for improving mood.  One possible reason is that omega-3 fatty acids are essential for brain cell structure and function.  Another could be that they provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory support.

Food sources of omega-3’s include wild caught salmon, sardines, flax seeds and chia seeds.

Magnesium is a go to supplement for improving sleep, quelling stress and calming nerves but why not get it from the food that you eat?  Foods naturally rich in magnesium are leafy greens, such as spinach and Swiss chard and dark chocolate.

Adaptogens

Finally, I want to mention that you can incorporate adaptogens to help you handle stress.

Adaptogens such as Ashwagandha and Holy Basil and some mushrooms including reishi and cordyceps are known to support the body’s ability to handle stress.

These can be easily included into your diet as teas or added into smoothies, salads and soups.

Here is one idea for you!

 

Stress Busting Hot Chocolate Recipe

Ingredients & Directions

Add to your blender and combine:

1 cup non-dairy milk (I love cashew for this one)

1 TBSP cacao powder

1 tsp maple syrup (or to taste)

1 tsp Ashwagandha powder

1 tsp Reishi mushroom powder

After you blend the ingredients add them to a pot and warm up. ⁠

Top with cinnamon if you like⁠

References

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/expert-answers/fish-oil-supplements/faq-20058143

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC538287/

 

Apps to Help Lessen Anxiety and Stress

I have witnessed countless acts of kindness throughout this difficult time including wonderful trainers and gyms offering ways for us to keep physically active and motivated while staying home.

But along with taking care of our physical needs we must also nourish our mental self.

There are many strategies that we can employ.  One arena to play in are the many apps that have been developed for just this purpose.

There really are so many terrific apps available to help us strengthen and maintain our mental health but I want to highlight 3 that I use personally.

𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗱 𝗦𝗵𝗶𝗳𝘁

Developed by Anxiety Canada, Mind Shift is an app that is designed to help you cope with mild to moderate anxiety aiming to change how you think about anxiety.

It is based on proven scientific strategies helping you to engage in healthy thinking. You check in each day to track your anxiety and work with tools in the app.

This is a free app.

𝗖𝗮𝗹𝗺

In 2017 Calm was named iPhone App of the Year. Calm is a wonderful app for everyone including those experiencing stress and anxiety.  The App offers daily Calm sessions and guides you through meditations, sleep stories and breathing programs.

There is a free version and a paid version.

𝗚𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗲 𝗛𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗝𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗻𝗮𝗹

Daily recording of gratitude has been shown to increase happiness and improve mood.

As the Gratitude Happiness Journal app description states:

the app was built out of a personal need to cope with anxiety & depression

This app offers unlimited journal entries and affirmations.

There is a Pro version but I have been using the free one and I love it!


RECIPE

Ashwagandha Milk Tea

(I have published this recipe before and have had many positive feedbacks from it)

Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) is an Ayurvedic adaptogenic herb.  An adaptogen helps to bring balance and stabiliziation. Ashwagandha is best known for its stress-lowering effects.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp Ashwagandha Powder
  • 1 date
  • 10 Goji Berries
  • 4-5 cardamom buds

Directions:

  1. Add milk, water, Ashwagandha powder, date and Goji Berries to a small saucepan and bring to a boil
  2. Once reduced to about half strain in to a teacup, add cardamon buds and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s Enjoy the Holiday Season Shall We? My Top 5 Tips for Managing Stress During the Holiday Season

The Holiday Season is upon us and with that inevitably comes STRESS. Stress to get the house decorated, to entertain, to buy the right gift, to host the perfect party. The list goes on. There are so many sites and posts on the internet giving tips on how to manage stress that even finding the right avenues becomes stressful!

Well, I hope to help you with what I believe to be the Top 5 Tips for Reducing Stress during the Holiday Season.

Take Time for Yourself

Plan time during your day to exercise, meditate, get outside! Walking is a great way to relieve stress and the fresh air will clear your mind.

Set a Budget and stick to it!

Plan out how much you want to spend and stay with what you can afford.

Say No Sometimes

You don’t have to say yes to every party invite. This is the time of year to be with the people that you want to be with. Don’t be afraid to say no to an invite that you know will only be out of obligation and/or will not provide you any joy.  The same idea applies if you are the host.  Bring people to you that will help you to celebrate the season.  Enjoying is every bit as important as giving joy.

Keep It Simple

Do not put unrealistic expectations on yourself, whether it be decorating the house, cleaning, providing the perfect meal. Everything does not have to be perfect nor should you do it all yourself. Delegate, delegate, delegate. You’d be surprised how many people are looking to do something and are happy to help!

Practice Forgiveness & Acceptance

Just because it’s the Holiday Season, it doesn’t mean that people will change how they are. Knowing and accepting this prior to get togethers will help to put you in to a good mindset and make your Holiday Season a happy one.

I wish you all the best for this Holiday Season and I hope that you delight in what this time of year is about, celebrating and being with the ones you love.

This Week On TheHealthHub we are airing one of our most popular episodes Millennials & Stress

Every Tuesday from 11am -12pm I host The Health Hub, an interactive, forward thinking talk show on Radio Maria Canada.   Call, tweet or email your questions as together we explore health issues that are relevant to you from new and innovative points of view.

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A replay of one of our most popular shows

Millennials & Stress

with

Nicole Northey, Adam Cook & Maddy Biase

With many students heading in to midterms we wanted to replay this very popular episode.  This episode is a roundtable discussion with Nicole Northey, Adam Cooke & Maddy Biase about the culture of stress in the lives of our youth.

 


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