Just because people don’t talk about it, it doesn’t mean it’s not happening’
Rachael Finch reveals the 3 things that trigger her anxiety and how she copes.
Image: Instagram @rachael_finchSource:BodyAndSoul
Life is tough for everyone, and for some, it can get a little too overwhelming to cope with.
For entrepreneur, model and TV host Rachael Finch, she knows too well the struggle of dealing with anxiety in a world that may seem perfect from the outside.
“I have been prone to these feelings for as long as I can remember,” she tells myBody+Soul.
“I used to get anxious when I was approaching an exam period at school or needed to study for something. Nowadays, it can come on without me knowing why, although a lot of it has to do with my hormones and what time of the month it is.”
This stress and imbalance in hormones brings on “the feeling of being somewhat out of control of [her] own body.
“My heart rate increases and I get heightened levels of fear, worry, and find it difficult to relax.”
While she practices meditation and breath exercises daily to keep her stress at bay, the mother-of-two who owns fitness program Body By Finch, ensures she balances her hormones with nutritious foods.
“Food plays an integral part in how our body performs and reacts in different situations. I notice when I have too many stimulants like coffee or chocolate, my body becomes unbalanced.
“I need to ensure that I'm eating a balanced plate with all the macro nutrients including complex carbohydrates, good quality protein, essential fats and of course vegetables and fruit.”
Rachael’s secret for achieving her nutrient goals every day lies within her breakfast – and it’s a handy tip that everyone can adopt.
“A perfect breakfast for me would be one of the smoothies from my program - it's an easy way to start the day, get what you need nutritionally and it tastes amazing. I use banana, spinach, avocado, the Melrose almond or cashew butter, coconut milk, collagen protein and turmeric. I like to change it up from day to day but it's usually based around those ingredients.”
The model has been vocal about her struggles with anxiety and stress in the past, but through sharing her own experiences, she hopes to spread awareness about the invisible health condition.
“Always know that there is someone you can talk to, even if it doesn't feel like it at the time. It's amazing what a decent conversation with someone who cares can do for you. The feelings are not permanent and will eventually pass.
“If you dedicate time and effort into nurturing your mind through regular meditation and mindfulness you will be able to manage it. I think it's also important to know that mental health conditions like anxiety are normal and experienced regularly. Just because people don't talk about it as openly as other issues it doesn't mean it's not happening.”
And if you’re on the other side of the spectrum, Rachael wants you to know that a simple act of kindness can make a huge difference in someone’s life.
“Offering to catch up for a walk or go for tea is also a nice idea to be able to talk to someone and share what they're going through.”