Ask Dr Libby

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR HEALTH - Dr Libby is a nu­tri­tional bio­chemist, best-sell­ing au­thor and speaker. The ad­vice con­tained in this col­umn is not in­tended to be a sub­sti­tute for di­rect, per­son­alised ad­vice from a health pro­fes­sional.

Email your ques­tions for Dr Libby to ask.dr­libby@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz. Please note, only a se­lec­tion of ques­tions can be an­swered.

bal­ance of your ner­vous sys­tem. Long, slow belly breath­ing ex­pands the mus­cles in your di­aphragm, stim­u­lat­ing the re­lax­ation re­sponse. Try fo­cus­ing on your breath any­time you feel over­whelmed. Or bet­ter still, cre­ate a reg­u­lar di­aphrag­matic breath­ing rit­ual to help keep your re­sponses calm.

When we feel over­whelmed, plan­ning tends to go out the win­dow, but or­gan­i­sa­tion is pre­cisely what you need. Re­lax­ation needs to be sched­uled just like any other ap­point­ment in your di­ary. Set up a sleep rou­tine, such as turn­ing the lights down low, avoid­ing any TV that up­sets, and em­brac­ing a di­aphrag­matic breath­ing rit­ual, and no­tice the dif­fer­ence in how rested you feel.

Get­ting plenty of sun year round is es­sen­tial to our vi­ta­min D in­take. Sleep­ing is good, too.

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