Our bodies are built to handle short-term stresses. Chronic stress? Not so much. When we experience too much stress for too long “the body releases [the stress hormone] cortisol but is unable to lower the levels back to normal in a short time frame,” says Nick Bitz, ND and Chief Scientific Officer for Youtheory®.
Working from home (or being out of work), trying to homeschool kids, caring for at-risk parents—managing stress right now is more of a challenge than ever. When things got to be too much pre-COVID, we would turn to the occasional mental health day to help us calm down and reset. But right now, it’s difficult if not impossible to do that.
Stress that we carry with us from our work days and let linger into the evenings has been shown to impair our sleep and overall well-being. Most of us don’t even need the scientific evidence as proof. I find if I don’t make time to really, truly separate from my work and unwind, I generally just don’t feel very good as the week goes on.
Used in Aryuvedic medicine for centuries, ashwagandha is a relative new comer to the western wellness scene. But it’s making up for lost time: These days, no adaptogen is more popular. But what is it, what is it good for, and should you take it? Here’s what you need to know.
We try to stay positive and see the good in the world, we really do. But sometimes it feels like tragedies pile up, like there’s just so much bad news all the time. Then, when an especially big thing happens, it’s too much.
Picture this: You’ve had a great weekend, fun and relaxing, and you’re feeling fine. Then, as soon as the sun sets on Sunday, anxiety begins to creep in. Next thing you know, you’re stressed out and worried because you’re thinking of everything you have to do this week, and it isn’t even Monday yet.
Have you ever had an experience where you meet a person, and soon realize that you’ve met them at the precise moment in your life that you needed them? For me, a significant one was when I met meditation expert Emily Fletcher, founder of Ziva Meditation and author of the new book Stress Less, Accomplish More.
It’s October, and that sea of pink you see is a good reminder how important it is to stay vigilant in the fight against breast cancer.
If you pay attention to trends in wellness, then “detox” is a word you’ve probably heard a lot. It can mean everything from simply taking a break from sugar after the holidays to a full-on juice cleanse or fast—but no matter the method, the desired result is the same.
These natural herbal stress-relievers—maca, ashwaganda and rhodiola rosea—are having a moment. Here’s how to take them to make you feel happier and less stressed.