Lockdown essentials to help get you through!

Being “stuck” in a lockdown can have an impact on everything from your energy levels and social life, to your mental health, sleep, diet and motivation... the list goes on. Prioritising taking care of yourself during this time is perhaps more important than ever.

Feeling stressed, confused, unsettled and irritable? You’re not alone. These are all very common things to experience during uncertain times and can become quite consuming during a lockdown. While many people may not experience long-term concerns, it’s important to be aware that for others being in a period of isolation may contribute or exacerbate long-term mental illness, including anxiety and depression. Be kind to yourself, stay connected with loved ones even if this is only possible virtually, and always ask for help if you need it.

In terms of lifestyle support, these are our top vitamins and JSHealth App features that may be beneficial to you during this time. Don’t forget, get the App for FREE with any vitamins purchase. 

PM+ Sleep

The JSHealth PM+ Sleep formula calms the mind and relieves symptoms of anxiety. It contains soothing Lavender to reduce disturbed and restless sleep. Plus, it helps to relieve nervous tension, unrest and symptoms of mild anxiety. The herb Passionflower also assists with sleep and relieves irritability, while our favourite nutrient Magnesium supports overall nervous system health and function. 

Anxiety + Stress

The JSHealth Anxiety + Stress formula uses the herbs Ashwagandha and Passionflower, which are traditionally used in Western herbal medicine and Ayurvedic medicine to help the body to adapt to stress and provide relief from symptoms of mild anxiety... all in one formula. The addition of Vitamin B5 and Vitamin C provide further nourishment, supporting mental function, energy production, immune system function, and are a source of antioxidants.

App Meditations

Mindfulness and being present consists of an attentive awareness of one’s own thoughts, actions, emotions and motivations. Mental training for stress reduction and emotional regulation through meditation practice may help reduce any adverse effects and support overall wellbeing.

Studies of people who have meditated long-term show changes in certain areas of the brain, associated with stress and anxiety, consistent with improved emotional regulation. 

Head to ‘You’ > ‘Meditations’ in the JSHealth App and choose one of our incredible meditations carefully crafted by our expert meditation teacher, Angela Morino. 

App Workouts

Did you know that exercise can improve mental health by reducing anxiety, negative mood and improving self-esteem and cognitive function? Aerobic exercises have been shown to reduce anxiety and depression. These improvements in mood are suggested to be caused by an exercise-induced increase in blood circulation to the brain and influence the physiologic reactivity to stress. 

So, get your friends involved! Enjoy a zoom workout all together or team up with one person and choose a workout to do in person! Head to the ‘Move’ section in the JSHealth App for a huge selection of workouts from our top trainers.

Don’t forget to reach out to your friends and family to see how they are coping too. We are sending everyone love during this time. We are all in it together xx


References:

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Afonso RF, Kraft I, Aratanha MA, Kozasa EH. Neural correlates of meditation: a review of structural and functional MRI studies. Front Biosci (Schol Ed). 2020 Mar 1;12:92-115. PMID: 32114450.

Sharma A, Madaan V, Petty FD. Exercise for mental health. Prim Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry. 2006;8(2):106.