Simple ways to avoid getting swept up in stress


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Ahead of a busy, stressful period, heed this advice from the Sarah Ann Macklin and her Be Well Collective


This week, ahead of a busy month of fashion shows, the Be Well Collective – a non-profit organisation endorsed by the British Fashion Council – addressed members of the fashion industry in the interest of wellbeing. But the expert panel’s advice applied not solely to models. In fact, the takeaways will resonate with all of us who find that rest and sleep can go astray during times of stress.

Registered Associate nutritionist, model and founder of the Be Well Collective, Sarah Ann Macklin, explains: “During stressful periods our stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol stay elevated, which can lead to burn-out. It is important during these times that we recognise our bodies need rest, and that we implement measures to helps support this.”

“We can make poor nutritional choices when stressed, reaching for high-sugar foods for an injection of energy,” Maklin says. “Stress also increases the rate our nutrients are used, as it is in need of a higher demand.” So this is not the time to supplement with Haribo.

“Dark green leafy vegetables, berries, nuts and seeds are filled with nutrients that can support the body when stressed,” she says – which couldn’t be easier to incorporate into your daily diet. “During times of chronic stress, I reach for ashwagandha which can help regulate and support the nervous system.”

The ashwagandha plant, particularly its root powder, has been used for centuries in traditional Indian medicine. It’s classified as an 'adaptogen', in that it abates anxiety. “It can help with mental clarity,” Maklin confirms. “It’s been shown to help lower cortisol levels, known best for its anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) properties.”

Try: Pukka Organic Wholistic Ashwagandha, £20.99 for 60 Veggie capsules

Sarah Ann Macklin chairing the Be Well Collective panel

Sarah Ann Macklin chairing the Be Well Collective panel

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