How I Keep Calm in Crazy Times

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Have you ever found yourself in the midst of one of the most exciting times in your life – only to be blindsided by sudden overwhelm? Strange things can happen in the midst of immense celebration; a wedding, for example, or starting an ambitious new job.

Our bodies may react in unusual ways to this adrenaline. I found myself experiencing this personally during the launch of The Healthy Life. Up until the actual release of the book, I was only feeling excitement and relief, honestly. It felt so good to know that the hard work was coming to fruition and all of the hours spent putting it together were resulting in the final product.

But suddenly, when it was finally here, I had a rush of anxiety. There was a sense of panic to realize I would be so completely exposed to the world. My story is out there now. The recipes that are so close to my heart – they’re out there now. And sometimes I just feel like I want to hide under a rock!

I am beyond grateful for the praise and support the book is receiving. But I’m realizing that perhaps I struggle to accept praise – and this causes a lot of anxiety. Physically, it feels overwhelming. My nervous system feels shattered, and I’m not sleeping well. As someone who typically gets a solid night’s sleep, this is especially strange!

So I have put a few things into place to help when I feel so discombobulated. I hope these tips will help you in times of stress and excitement too.

Balance with my phone. I don’t rush to respond to everyone immediately – I take my time to respond to texts and calls. You can do this too – people will understand! If you can, try to have 1 day with no phone use. I did this one day until about 5pm and it felt so good.

2 coffees per day. I only usually have one, you know. But I have been having two – and loving it. Not for the caffeine effect – it is more about the experience of getting out and having a ‘coffee BREAK’ from my work.

Sleep by 9pm. No matter what. If not asleep by then – at least into bed.

Emails strictly off by 6 or 7pm. Some days I just switch them off all together. And that’s OK – I will catch up!

10 minutes per day of stress free zone. At least! I am a believer of the stress free zone every day, and that means switching off, closing the door and spending a little time by myself. Lately, I’ve really enjoyed using the time for reflecting and meditation; I love putting my legs up the wall to help soothe my nervous system.

Yoga 3 times per week. It is my way of calming down my nervous system. Yin yoga really helps me.

Walk in fresh air. It’s amazing what a little time in nature will do. A leisurely walk for just 20 minutes is perfect.

Bath and book before bed. This is something to build into your evening routine. It’s a great way to wind down and relax.

Positive affirmations. In any stressful situation, it helps immensely to see the positive and declare it aloud. Recently, I have been reminding myself that the book is going to help so many people and feel nothing but gratitude for the opportunity to do this.




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Hi Jessica, I believe in synchronicity so when I was guided to you .on FB I was intrigued and inspired. I turned 46 last week and my husband bought me your book. I wanted to thank you for sharing your wisdom in such a beautifully presented way. My  copy is now filled with tabs and post it notes with actual notes throughout. I am dairy intolerant since having my gallbladder removed 15+ years ago, I don't eat meat, very minimal gluten and was told 12 months ago my gut was not digesting my food properly so I wasn't receiving sufficient nutrients and taking supplements would be a waste of time.  My weight fluctuates tending to gain rather than lose but now I believe I have a tool to help me bring my body back into balance that I need for my health and longevity of life - so again thank you. The first few steps to creating a stronger path forward for my health has found its foundation in your beautiful book, The Healthy Life.

With kindest regards Samantha

I'm writing this email because I wanted to tell you how much I love your blog and how you really helped me in my health journey. Thank you for sharing all your advices and experiences.

When I started my studies, I was drinking lots of coffee and I was eaten the wrong foods, and feel bad about it, I wasn't at my best. So I had done some research on the net but at first I didn't found advices that are for me, and then I found your blog. It was exactly what I was looking for, good advices and healthy recipes. Now I'm following your advices on rest more, and snacks between meals and prep the meals and take time for myself to reconnect with my body and let go my anxiety, etc, and I have a more balanced life and have a new relationship with food thanks to you.

I bought your book and it's honestly the best book I have ever bought. I suffer from IBS and anxiety. I have paid so much money seeing naturopaths however after reading your book and all of your tips I'm noticing so much of a difference, so simple and easy to follow. And symptoms have dramatically decreased. Also you have helped me to relax. Currently drinking the protein health smoothie! Thankyou your amazing.


Hey Jessica!
I haven’t yet brought ‘The Healthy Life’, but I do have the clean life and your slim down plan! I would like to thank you so much for the knowledge your share and the message you put across about health and wellness. I’m studying Nutritional Medicine in Melbourne and absolutely love the philosophy that you share with your JSHealth community. The work you’ve done to show people that leading a healthy lifestyle isn’t boring, tasteless, difficult or depriving is amazing and hope to share the message myself one day. You’ve inspired me to start my own blog , to share the message and have taught me so many things about my own health! You should be proud of your achievements! Thank you again

- Jacinta

I searched for help and tips through the Internet and found Jessica Sepel. This is seriously not exaggerated, but she was the reason why I have dared myself to eat again, to have snacks in between, to nourish my body. I could slowly improve my negative thoughts about my body image and my stupid anxiety of gaining weight. Besides, The Cleanest Gut was awesome too! A huge thank you! Especially from my mum. Seriously, without you I wouldn’t be where I am now!


Congratulations on your new book! It looks absolutely gorgeous. I’ve been following you on Instagram for a few years and you’ve inspired me to slowly but surely eat healthier without giving myself a hard time when I don’t. It made me so happy (and weirdly proud) to see the Daily Mail article on The Healthy Life. I remember trying out your recipes before you even had your eBook out! I can’t wait to get my hands on the book. Keep up the great work.

– Sophie

Cooking in this way truly brought out the foodie in me and has instilled a huge passion for health and wellness! Life throws you hard and frustrating things sometimes but I truly believe that this is where we learn more about ourselves and what our passions in life are! Thank you for inspiring me on my journey to health and wellness!


I am a yoga teacher in Johannesburg and am thrilled to have bought your book today. I love making healthy, nutritious food for my family, friends and fellow yogis! Thank you for this book and your inspiration (had to share a pic of my book on my recipe stand in the kitchen).

– Helene

I bought your beautiful book during the week and told my bestie to go out and buy it also! I love love love it. It is the book I would give to my younger self if I could (I am 41 years old). Everything is just so sensible and informative and is definitely a book all teenagers should have. This should be a text book for girls becoming teens. I will love going back and re-reading it many many times and can't wait to make more of the recipes. Thank you Jess - you are an incredibly inspiring woman and you should feel so proud

Michelle Curtis

My fiancé bought your book and we have cooked some of your meals. Amazing! I love your outlook on a healthy lifestyle and your hints and tips with preparing tasty meals are fantastic. Thanks for reviving us to live a healthier lifestyle and get our bodies wedding ready.