The last few years, as wonderful as they’ve been, have also been the most testing on my stress levels. I started taking Vitamin B for stress when it was recommended to be me by my GP.
I’ll start by saying this, if you need any advice about your own health and well-being, please consult your GP.
How I Deal with Stress
The times when I’ve experienced the most stress
There have been a few times in my life when my stress levels have gone through the roof.
In 2007, I was working in a career I loved, I was single, out most nights and working every other hour.
I worked very long hours for years, I took my job seriously – probably too much so – and I was heading towards burnout.
I realised, before that happened, and took time out. I took six months off to travel the world. I met my (now) husband on the second day and emigrated to Australia – it must have been fate! Find out more about how we met here.
The stress disappeared the day I left work. Instantly!
Traveling was a great cure for stress
When I was traveling, I felt free, happier than I’d ever been, and my mind was open to discovering everything I could about myself and the world I encountered. I slept like a baby every night too and felt full of energy.
I’m getting so nostalgic thinking about this now!
But then things changed
The rug had been pulled from under me, I felt completely out of control about my life and I still struggle with coming to terms with what happened to me.
But again, I wanted to be proactive and find ways to help myself. After seeing my GP, I was referred to a Psychologist and even though it’s only been a few sessions, I already feel so much better.
We’re still uncovering why I feel this anxiety and she’s teaching me some ways to manage my negative thoughts much better. To notice that I’m having a negative thought but to then rationalise that it might not be true.
For example, when I think “my cancer might be back” I tell myself that I’m experiencing no symptoms and my last scans were completely clear.
I’ve changed my diet recently too and lost weight and my GP recommended a Vitamin B for Stress supplement.
Why I take Vitamin B for Stress
Having done some of my own research, I found that many people take vitamin B to increase energy levels.
I’m a bad sleeper (I’m an insomniac) and a busy mum of two small kids – so I’ll do anything to increase my energy levels!
I had previously tried sleeping tablets, but they just left me feeling so groggy in the morning and I dislike that feeling of not being completely ‘with it’.
I feel much less stressed when I feel in control and when I’m taking back the control of my own health and body – since I felt that was taken out of my hands before.
Blackmores Executive B Stress Formula helps convert the food I eat into energy and has passionflower to support the body’s response in times of ongoing stress.
And my stress is ongoing.
I understand that taking a tablet isn’t a cure for my current mental health issues – but it’s helping and it’s more targeted to what I need than a regular multivitamin.
I just want to be happier – and I know I can be
I’m really confident that seeing the Psychologist regularly is going to get me through this period of my life and set me up to manage stress in the future too.
Because, as much as I appreciate that life isn’t easy, I know I can feel better. And I want to feel happier.
I have so much to be grateful for and I don’t want to focus on the things that might go wrong. Because, what’s the point in that? What a waste of time and energy.
Life is short, and I want to appreciate what I have much more – because I have a lot of awesomeness in my life that should be celebrated. My two babies being the top of that list.
Have you undergone periods of stress in your life? How have you managed it?
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