National Stress Awareness Day - a perfect moment to de-stress
In case you didn’t know, ever since 1992, the month of April is known as National Stress Awareness Month. The idea behind this campaign is to raise awareness about the causes and solutions to stress as well as the effects of being under stress long-term. 2020 was a very stressful year for everyone, so we recommend you take a whole weekend to de-stress, if you can.
What is stress?
Stress is an organism's response to a stressor. It’s our body's reaction to a condition such as a threat, challenge, or physical or psychological barrier. This response activates our fight-or-flight response, distributing the energy of our body to relevant bodily systems to adapt to the stress. Under stress, our body also starts releasing cortisol, which influences metabolic, psychological, and immunological functions.
What happens if we don’t take a break?
Chronic stress is when you’re under stress for a longer period of time. Even if you’re unaware of it at the moment, being under constant stress means that you’re always in a state of alert. The effects of long-term stress can be felt in many areas of your life. Prolonged stress can disturb the immune, digestive, and cardiovascular systems, as well as your sleep. Stress can make you more susceptible to cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, and diabetes. It can also have a physiological effect on people. Many of them experience anxiety, depression, sadness, anger, irritability, social isolation, headaches and difficulty concentrating with some people even developing panic disorders.
What helps with stress?
With everything listed above, it’s obvious why it’s important to try and find ways to reduce stress in your everyday life. Here are some tips that may help you:
1. Pets - if you already have a pet, give it a little cuddle. Petting your companion animal relieves stress and can help in lowering blood pressure. And how can it not? They are super cute and they love you very much.
2. Exercise - it may seem like the last thing you want to do when you’re stressed is put your body under more stress. This is why we recommend moderate exercise - a jog, a walk, or a meditative session.
3. Breathing - it seems obvious, but sometimes, this is all it takes. Take a deep breath - the deepest you can - and hold it, while counting to three. Then exhale. Repeat it a few times and your heart rate will drop. Hopefully, some of that stress will wear off too.
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4. Laugh - even if you don’t feel like laughing, some research shows that laughing even when you’re not happy or feel like you have no reason to, will make you feel better. So next time you feel a little overwhelmed, give it a try.
5. Enough vitamins and minerals - we, at Elderberry Hill, are truly just like you. Susceptible to stress and needing to take time out to relax and breathe. So when formulating some of our vitamins and minerals, we had this in mind: what can we create to help relieve stress? We suggest you take a look at some of these products:
- Elderberry Hill Liquid Nighttime Formula, designed to give you a much-needed good night’s sleep.
- Methyl B12 spray, because Vitamin B12 ensures the normal function of our nerves and is involved in nerve growth and the regeneration of nerves under stress.
- Vegan B Complex, a mix of Vitamin B’s that help maintain a healthy nervous system. A strong nervous system is essential in fighting against the symptoms of stress.
You may feel like you’re handling stress well - and that may be true - but it is essential to not forget to take care of yourself. Not just on National Stress Awareness Day. Not only in April, on National Stress Awareness Month. But every day, 365 days a year, even if it’s just a little bit each day.
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