Had a long day at the office with work deadlines piling up? Kids acting up all day?
Social calendar booked up so solid, you see no time left for YOU?
Juggling the multiple demands of modern life can leave you more than a little frazzled! While you may aim to effectively ‘manage’ stress, under constant pressure your coping mechanisms will eventually reach the tipping point where anxiety, irritability and insomnia may result.
Under stress, your primal ‘fight or flight’ responses are activated, so the body releases the hormones adrenaline (which increases your heart rate and blood pressure) and cortisol (which increases blood glucose levels, alters immune responses, and suppresses the digestive and reproductive systems). Normally these hormone levels will drop to manageable levels of their own accord when stress factors are removed. However under persistent stress, they remain elevated with dire consequences for your health.
Stress can play a part in the onset or increase the severity of conditions such as headaches, changes in mood, digestive disorders, impaired concentration, weight management, skin conditions and anxiety. That’s why it’s so important to learn healthy ways to cope with the stressors in your life.
We all can feel wrung out by the stress of daily life, and there are many different ways to cope with stress and anxiety including meditation, medication, massage, exercise, herbs and others.
There is an attractiveness in being able to ‘take a pill’ to reduce stress. The ideal pill would not only be effective, but would be quick acting, free of side effects and not addictive! That’s where medications usually can’t fit the bill and you need to look for nutritional alternatives!