"Stress can create an extensive number of responses in the body; impacting behavior, emotions, and physical and mental well-being. Yet, no two people are likely to experience the same effects or exhibit the same symptoms of stress."
- Rest- sleep allows our hormones to reset, the body to recharge, and the system to reboot itself.
- A regular sleep schedule- with consistent bed times and wake-up times, the growth hormone, cortisol will become balanced.
- Quieting the mind- yoga, meditation, and deep breathing are excellent ways to release tention and encourage your body out of its “fight or flight” mode
- Improve Digestion- 70-80 percent of the serotonin (the ‘happy’ hormone) in the body is in the digestive tract. More and more research is linking overall gut health with mood and brain function. By eating a diet that consists of mainly vegetables and lean proteins, and limited processed foods and sugar, you can change the way you thing and respond to stress in the first place.
- Support the stress glands- adrenal glands, located just about the kidneys, are responsible for releasing cortisol, the stress messenger, A naturopathic doctor might help these glands with basic nutrients like vitamin C, magnesium and B vitamins, which are directly involved in the function of the adrenal glands and can be depleted during chronic stress. Herbs can also help the function of the adrenal glands so that you can become more resilient and better at coping with stress. The right dose of botanicals like Rhodiola, ashwagandha, Holy basil, Siberian ginseng and licorice, can accomplish this task.