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Stress is a normal part of life – big physical or mental challenges, life changes and important decisions bring on a certain amount of short-term stress. But your body is equipped to handle that. In fact, this type of stress makes you think clearer and react better.
The problem is that everyday things, like proving yourself at work, raising children, worrying about money, not getting enough sleep, etc. … Also bring on a huge amount of stress. But this stress is constant and long-term, and it’s slowly destroying your body.
When faced with a stressful situation, your adrenal glands release a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol's main job is to raise blood sugar levels to ensure energy for an immediate fight-or-flight response. At the same time, cortisol slows down other bodily functions that are not essential for immediate survival, like reproductive function, immunity, digestion and calorie burning, regeneration, relaxation, and sleep.
In a short-term stress situation, this can feel invigorating and is actually extremely useful.
But with long-term stress, the cortisol gets released constantly, causing a hormonal imbalance that keeps the body in a constant state of excitement and on high alert, eventually leading to complete exhaustion.
Raised cortisol levels due to stress eventually lead to:
Understanding that stress is the cause of your health issues is the first step to making stress reduction your priority. Here are 5 tried and true ways to reduce your everyday stress and improve your resilience to stress:
Working out releases plenty of positive hormones, that will balance out the negative effects of cortisol, improve your mood and actually elevate your energy levels.
2. SLEEP MORE
Sleep deprivation is a giant stressor and drives your hormones crazy. Try to stick to a steady sleep schedule and get at least 8 hours of shut-eye every night. Your body needs it.
3. MAKE SELF-CARE A PRIORITY
Give yourself a break and focus on the things that fill you with energy instead of draining it. This can mean meditation, spending time in nature, reading a good book or going out with your friends while that pile of laundry sits in the corner of the room. Take your mind off of it and don’t feel guilty about it – self-care should be your number one care!
4. ELIMINATE YOUR TRIGGERS
Identify your main causes of stress and figure out whether you can eliminate them (for example, change your job or divide family responsibilities differently) or if you can respond to them differently. Is it the situation itself that is stressful, or your feelings about it (expectations, goals, feelings of inadequacy)? Who is putting all of that pressure on you? Why are you letting them?
5. BALANCE YOUR STRESS
While managing external factors will get you far, you still have to deal with the raging cortisol levels in your body. Get your cortisol under control with powerful natural adaptogens, like ashwagandha and ginseng. You can find both in our best-selling hormone-free adrenal support supplement Stress Balance.
Stress Balance boasts benefits such as:
*Disclaimer: The effects of the product may vary between individuals and could differ from those described on the website. Our products are not intended to prevent, treat or cure any disease or serious illness. Maintaining a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle is important.
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