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Our response to stress includes a racing heart, tense muscles, shallow breathing and feeling alert. You have likely heard about the benefits of mindfulness meditation, exercise, and other stress-relieving lifestyle strategies. But, if you are feeling anxious, it can be hard to get your mind to focus long enough to meditate, and if exhausted, you may struggle to get out of bed, let alone go for a run.

How can you break the cycle of stress and exhaustion to build stress-relieving habits? Enter herbal adaptogens, a class of herbs known to support physical and mental performance under stress by helping relieve fatigue and get you feeling calmer.

Here are some of our favourite adaptogenic herbs you may wish to explore:

Rhodiola: A soothing herb which supports physical and mental endurance and relieves the symptoms of stress.

Korean Ginseng: This stimulating herb packs a punch. If you are feeling flat and fatigued, it can give you the energy you need to get going.

Withania: Shown to reduce the stress hormone, cortisol; this herb helps increase energy while also reducing feelings of stress.

A qualified health practitioner can help advise you on the right herbs and supplements to manage stress, or visit our website www.australiannutritioncentre.com.au to book a consultation.