Life gets stressful sometimes. When you have work, school, home, family, friends, bills, and personal expectations and societal expectations, finding a balance in your life can quickly seem like an unattainable dream. Even when everything is normal, sometimes a balanced life is hard, and when you throw an unexpected event in the mix, all of your juggling can feel like it’s going to crash down around you.
Did you eat enough? Did you exercise enough? Did you remember to wish your friend a happy birthday? Did you drink enough water? Did you work hard enough? Did you make enough time for fun and relaxation? Did you get enough sleep?
Stress happens to everyone. It’s a normal and natural part of being a human, but sometimes most of us would like to find some relief from the stress we feel. When you’re trying your best to have a balanced life, you just need some support.
Let’s look at what stress is, what it can do to your body, and what you can do about it to find that relief.
What Is Stress?
You know what stress feels like, but what is it? Stress is the emotional response or physical tension you feel when you encounter an event that makes you feel frustrated, nervous, fearful, or angry. Stress is your body’s call to action to deal with it.
In small doses, stress can be a good thing. It helps us when we need to avoid danger, brave an intimidating situation, or meet a tough deadline. If you’ve ever avoided an accident on the road in the car, you can thank your body’s response to stressors for helping you have the reflexes and clarity of mind to make the right decisions.
Prolonged periods of stress can wreak havoc on your health, and for some people, they experience stress after a stressor isn’t present any more. When we continue to experience stress after the stress-causing incident is over, that is anxiety.
When we are in a situation that makes the stressor seem inescapable, that can lead to chronic stress. People with financial instability and struggles, unhappy relationships with their spouse or immediate family in the home, caregivers without a proper support system, etc. are susceptible to chronic stress.
Chronic stress can be such an ever present part of your life that you stop realizing it is a problem, and unless the stress is addressed and managed, you could encounter health issues along the way.
What Does Stress Do To Your Health?
When stress is unmitigated, your body stays in a state of heightened alert. The body was never intended to stay in the stress phase for long periods of time. It can because your body’s job is to sustain your life, but like all good machines, if you overuse it or neglect it, it can break down on you.
Over time, stress can put you at risk for concerning health problems such as:
- Heart issues
- Metabolic health
- Metal health issues
- Skin problems
- Menstrual issues
If you already have some of these health issues, unmanaged stress can exacerbate the problem. Stress can be good, but too much of it can manifest itself in unhealthy ways. So, the question is what can you do to help yourself lower the stress you can and manage the stress you can’t.
What Can You Do To Deal With Stress?
When you’re experiencing an overload of stress, there are steps you can take to help you deal with the stress. Some of the best things you can do may prompt an eye roll when you’re stressed because your brain says if you had time for those things then you wouldn’t be stressed in the first place. However, making time for your health and managing your stress is the most important thing you can do for you.
The best ways to manage stress, even when you can’t do much about a stressful situation, are:
- Regular exercise
- Adequate sleep
- Make good nutritional choices
- Take supplements
- Stay hydrated
- Talk to someone
- Take a break
- Recognize that you may need help
When you see the list for managing stress, don’t let it overwhelm you. This is not another to-do list, but it is a guide for helping yourself to cope. Try choosing to do one small thing to help yourself.
One of the easiest, least time consuming things you can do for yourself is taking supplements. Even the busiest, most stressed out individuals can find time to take a supplement every day. The boost of help and support from your supplements may just help you tackle another item on the list of recommendations to destress yourself.
So, how do you choose a supplement that can help you with stress relief? Let’s go over what you should look for on the supplement’s label to help you choose the one that’s right for you.
What Should Be In A Stress Relief Supplement?
Here are the six best vitamins and supplements that can help you combat stress.
Saffron originated in Greece, and people used it as a spice and to improve libido, boost their moods, and improve memory. Saffron is a common ingredient in yellow rice, and it is also called the “sunshine spice” in part due to its yellow color and also to its ability to improve mood and emotional wellness.
Complete Calm De-Stress Gummies include Safr’Inside which is a patented extract that comes from Persian saffron. It is an award winning supplement that has shown in clinical studies to help naturally support emotional health, calm feelings of restlessness and unease, and contribute to improved sleep quality.
Stress creates hormonal changes. When your body detects stress, it sends out commands to release certain hormones like cortisol to help your body prepare for what lies ahead. However, when your body perceives reasons to fight against stressors too frequently, it can become a challenge to regulate the hormones in your body.
Ginseng has shown that it can effectively assist in regulating your body’s response to stress. Ginseng is an ancient root that is known in Asia as the “elixir of life” because of its powerful ability to aid in the improvement of focus and enhancing memory. Thankfully, ginseng and its benefits can be found in other parts of the world, and it is also available in supplements.
Rhodiola rosea is an herb that grows in parts of Russia and Asia. It grows where it’s cold and mountainous. Maybe because rhodiola rosea grows in the midst of stressful harsh conditions that’s why it’s so good at helping us deal with them as well. People in the regions where it’s found have been using it for centuries to help manage feelings of stress and anxiousness, but now, you can use it too.
The extract has shown promising results in helping in the reduction of feelings of anxiousness, anger, and confusion. Rhodiola extract also assists in establishing a more stable state of emotional wellness and fighting feelings of tiredness.
When it comes to relieving stress, you don’t have to find a lion and make a polyjuice potion out of a strand of its hair. This lion’s mane refers to the edible mushroom known among scientists as hericium erinaceus, but rather than sound like you’re casting a spell when you say its name, it got its common name from looking like, well, a lion’s mane as it grows.
Lion’s mane is used in parts of the world for medicinal and culinary reasons. The mushroom can be enjoyed raw, cooked, dried, or steeped in a warm tea. It has a flavor like seafood, but if that’s not your cup of tea, it can be found in supplement form. Lion’s mane helps improve cognitive functions which is helpful when you’re experiencing brain fog.
Lion’s mane also soothes tension, and it can help with various of the symptoms associated with too much stress.
The word balm literally means a fragrant ointment that is used to heal or soothe. Lemon balm itself is a lemon-scented herb that is closely related to mint. This herb naturally produces chemicals that seemingly have sedative qualities that produce calming effects.
No one in the history of stress has been calmed down by being told to calm down, but when lemon balm tells you to calm down, you listen. The herb is native to Europe, North Africa, and Asia’s West, but it is now grown all over the world. It is used in salads and as a complimentary herb in poultry, seafood, and vegetable dishes. However, it’s unlikely you would consume enough to benefit you without being put in a concentrated amount in a supplement.
Terpenes are aromatic compounds that dictate the smell of a lot of plants and herbs. They can impact the body and the mind. Scent is a fast track way to connect to your emotions and memories. It stands to reason then that scents can have an impact on your emotional wellness. That’s why aromatherapy is a thing.
However, we can’t sniff enough candles to really help relieve our stress sometimes. Thankfully, terpenes help with that when they’re consumed. In particular, the terpene Limonene, found in citrus fruit rinds, has many benefits, and it can be used to elevate mood, and soothe feelings of stress.
You can find all of these beneficial ingredients in the Complete Calm De-Stress Gummies and feel the max benefits in just a few short weeks of consistent use.
Stress happens to us all. While we can appreciate its purpose, stress can get to be too much. When you’re trying to lead a more balanced life and manage the stress that comes with it, there are a lot of ways that you can take care of yourself. One of the easiest is incorporating a supplement designed to help you relieve stress into your busy life.
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This article has been reviewed by members of our Scientific Advisory Board.
Dr. Jay Cowin, Nutrition Expert
Founder of Functional U, a Nutrition, Performance & Optimal Health practice.