Coping with stress

We live in interesting times where stress is accumulating in almost everyone's life due to the world-wide financial crisis wrecking havoc on both national and personal financial security. Even when that does not affect us, there will be stress due to time management problems while having to balance our private and professional life.

Our body responds to stress by going through the fight-or-flight response while releasing cortisol. Providing the stress duration is not too long, a little bit of stress under normal circumstances can be positive as it makes us perform better.

Stress that becomes chronic however, causes us to break down, both mentally and physically.

Stress expresses itself in many different ways, like an accumulation of visceral fat around the organs, high blood sugar, high blood pressure, sleeping problems and lower sex drive.

Coping with stress is possible even when we can't take away the cause of it. We can try to diminish additional stress factors by eliminating clutter in our homes or stop doing what is not absolutely necessary, like watching tv.

We can also introduce things that enhance our feelings of well-being like devoting time to physical exercise to improve our health and well-being.
The usual way for regular physicians to help their patients cope with stress is by prescribing drugs that sedate but do not really help coping with stress.

As an alternative there are supplements that support helping to survive stress by increasing your focus, yet make you feel relaxed at the same time. One of these supplements is theanine that is also present in (green) tea at much lower concentrations. Theanine has been shown to reduce both mental and physical stress and improve cognition and mood at the same time.

And yet, at night it can reduce the time it takes to fall asleep and the number of times someone wakes up. No wonder, theanine has become a very popular anti-stress supplement in a very short time.
Another successful supplement is GABA Soothe, which combines theanine with GABA and Ashwagandha.

One particularly measurable sign of stress is enhanced cortisol levels. Phosphatidylserine (PS) is a natural phospholipid that protects against stress, reducing the action of cortisol while enhancing cognition and mental performance.

Chronically enhanced cortisol levels are linked to adrenal exhaustion and fatigue. Adrenal Optimizer combines 11 ingredients from vitamins and herbs that support adrenal health, as well as help in the recovery of stressed adrenal glands.

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