Is Stress affecting your health?
With such busy lifestyles nowadays one thing you may consider, is my body coping?
When you look back at the past year you may realise that you have overcome a lot of physical, environmental, emotional or biological stressors. With so many different types of stressors eventually they may take a toll on your body without you even realizing. Often you are unable to overcome or avoid such stresses. This can lead into you experiencing some of the following symptoms:
- Craving salty or sweet foods
- Feeling generally unwell
- Low energy
- Low libido
- Mild Anxiety
- Muscle weakness
- Poor mood
These symptoms are often associated with stress and adrenal fatigue which can be associated with intense or prolonged stress.
If you’re experiencing one or more of these symptoms, there are a few things you can do which may allow you to adjust or overcome such symptoms for the new year.
Make time to do the things you love
We all have something we love in life whether it be cooking, exercising or even cleaning. Try and take the time out of your busy day to those things that you love and help you relax.
Get More Sleep
A good quality sleep can have an array of health benefits. It is when we’re asleep that our body repairs and rejuvenates. Aim for at least 8 hours and sleeping before midnight.
Try and reduce your Caffeine Intake
Caffeine stimulates the production of stress hormones, mainly cortisol, which gives you a temporary boost in energy levels, but can also contribute to levels of stress and insomnia in some people and can further deplete tired adrenals. Swap your morning coffee for a caffeine-free herbal tea instead.
Use herbs which are adaptogens
Adaptogens are herbs which aid in increasing resistance to physical, environmental, emotional or biological stressors and restoring normal physiological functions of the body. They are the perfect herbs to aid in reducing the effects of adrenal fatigue while increasing energy and reducing stress. Essentially they help you to adapt to your status.
So, why not set a goal to support your body from any associated stressors all year around.