The other day, I listened to an amazing podcast by Tony Robbins and Deepak Chopra about healing and the mind-body connection. Deepak talked about how our bodies have the ability to create the exact chemicals and molecules we need for relaxation, dealing with pain, or healing from illness, but we have grown accustomed to relying on drugs to fix us.
He said that basically everything is a placebo, and it’s really our thoughts that create a chemical reaction in our bodies when we take a pill or engage in healing of any kind.
“The power of a positive self-image plays a vital role in experiencing perfect health.” -Deepak Chopra.
In the podcast, he said the only experience is the experience we create with our minds. Whatever you feel is happening to you is only your own perception and the way you’re looking at the world.
I’m inclined to agree with Deepak’s ideas. Does this mean we should all eat donuts and pretend they’re carrots to be healthy? Or forgo traditional medicine if we’re ill?
Personally, I’ve found that to heal, we must find middle ground between tangible modalities like nutrition and a healthy mindset. While we’re living on this material plane called earth, we still have to live by nature’s rules in addition to creating a high-vibrational state of mind and emotions. To me, the vibration always comes first, though, because from this life-affirming foundation, we can choose the best foods, supplements, and healers to engage with. If I’m on the wrong vibration, it doesn’t matter how knowledgeable I am about nutrition or medicine because I won’t make the right decisions if I’m not in the right place mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
This is a super long way of saying that although I spend a lot of time trying to cultivate a positive mental field by distancing myself from fearful thoughts and choosing my focus, I also like to choose the best possible tangible foods, supplements and forms of exercise for my body. I think we can create relaxation for ourselves by choosing the right thoughts, exercising, breathing, and meditating, BUT it can still be nice to have some extra help once in a while in the form of a supplement.
I’m not a doctor or healthcare professional so please always check with your doc before you take anything new. Here are four anti-anxiety supplements I’ve been loving lately:
1. Kava Kava. Native to islands like Fiji, Vanuatu and Hawaii, the kava plant has been consumed in rituals and ceremonies for thousands of years by Pacific island cultures. The supplement changes your brain waves, making you feel calm and sleepy.
2. GABA.GABA or gamma-aminobutyric acid is a neurotransmitter that is produced by the brain, helping to relax the nervous system. This natural supplement helps to reduce anxiety and aid with conditions like insomnia, ADHD and PMS while reducing inflammation.
3. Natural Calm. I’m kind of obsessed with my nightly Natural Calm drink. Did you know that 65% of Canadians are deficient in magnesium? Low levels of magnesium have been linked to stress, anxiety, irritability and insomnia, and potentially even diabetes and heart disease. For these reasons, I always take a magnesium supplement, and Natural Calm is my go-to. It’s sweet, warm and fizzy, and it helps to give you that peaceful feeling just before bed.
4. L-theanine. A non-protein amino acid found in oolong teas, L-theanine has an effect on neuronal activity within half an hour of taking it, helping to boost your mood, reduce stress levels and giving you a relaxed-yet-alert feeling by stimulating your brain’s production of GABA (mentioned above) and alpha brainwaves. These chocolate coconut Ultra Calm bars contain 200 mg of L-theanine, and they make for such a delightful post-dinner snack (relaxation support and chocolate? I’ll take that any day).
What supplements do you take? Let me know in the comments below!
P.S. – to make your chill night in even better, check out this post on some of my favourite relaxation playlists.