GOOD STRESS VS. BAD STRESS

What is good stress?

As much as you may like to achieve a completely stress-free life, the reality is that this isn’t possible – nor is it a good idea. Some levels of stress can actually be beneficial to your health. Eustress, for example, is moderate beneficial stress. Eustress is the positive stress that keeps you excited about life, such as a thrilling roller coaster ride, a scary movie, or a first date. Starting a new job or the first day of school are also examples of eustress. Without eustress, you may become bored or feel down. Excitement and healthy challenges can lend to overall health.1 Eustress is also referred to as acute stress. The body is good at recovering from this short-term stress.

What is bad stress?

On the other hand, chronic stress is prolonged and constant stress that can negatively affect your health. When stress becomes chronic, it creates a new normal in your body. Over time, chronic stress can increase your heart rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure, so the body has to work extra hard to keep you functioning normally.

When the body faces a stressor, it goes through general adaptation syndrome (GAS). GAS is a three-stage response to stress that involves alarm, resistance, and exhaustion. As you face a stressor – for example, an upcoming test – the body responds by increasing hormones like adrenaline which help you pay attention to the task at hand. The body resists the stressor, allowing you to feel energized and clear.

It's important to deal with bad stress

Get adequate sleep: When stressed, sleep is often the first thing to go. However, getting at least 8-10 hours of sleep each night can help you better cope with the effects of stress. If you struggle to get enough sleep, a cup of Tick Tock Rooibos tea it can help to calm the mind.

Exercise regularly: Exercise releases positive endorphins in your brain, allowing you to better cope with the stress in your life.

Talk to someone: Verbally processing your emotions is a great way to relieve stress. Find a trusted family member, friend, or professional to help you work through your issues.

Supplements to help

Take some B Vitamins. Several B-vitamins make up the B-vitamin complex, and each plays a unique and essential role in the body’s health, including supporting energy metabolism. You may know some B-vitamins by their numerical name (such as B12) and others by their alternative name (such as biotin).

B-complex vitamins work together and provide the nourishment needed for the occasional stress of daily living.* Each B-vitamin is essential for performing its own unique role in also maintaining proper metabolic function by helping convert food into energy.*

Most B-vitamins are readily available in a balanced diet; however, the easiest way to ensure you are getting enough is to take a B-Complex supplement.

As one of the most abundant minerals in the body, magnesium is essential for several important bodily functions, including playing a vital regulatory role in the nervous system. If magnesium levels are insufficient, neurons may fire too easily, resulting in excessive sensitivity to various stimuli. Magnesium also plays a role in the entrance of calcium into the neurons. Through its actions helping to regulate entry, it helps neurons and maintains neuronal health.

Magnesium helps to regulate the body’s stress response, and increasing magnesium intake may help alleviate occasional stress.

Magnesium can be found in foods such as dark chocolate, avocados, nuts, legumes, and more. However, the easiest way to ensure you are getting your daily dose of magnesium is to include a magnesium supplement in your daily routine.

Solgar’s Ultimate Calm is designed to help with anxiety and overthinking, promoting mindfulness and calm. Ultimate Calm contains two clinically studied ingredients, Ashwagandha KSM-66® and Affron Saffron ®. Ashwagandha is celebrated for its adaptogenic properties promoting mindfulness and to help calm a busy mind. It’s ability to balance the body’s stress response makes it a popular herb among several different walks of life, from students to busy mothers.

Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world and has to be hand harvested to ensure no damage is caused to the saffron potent spice. Known to support emotional balance, Saffron extract has been clinically researched to support mood as well as other areas. Saffron contributes to emotional balance, helps support relaxation and helps maintain a positive mood.

Not all stress is bad. Healthy lifestyle habits, such as getting adequate sleep, exercising, and taking care of your mental health, are foundational to stress support. Supplements such as the ones mentioned above can offer additional support for occasional stresses.

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