May 11, 2023 4 min read
Everyone deals with internal and external stressors in some way, everyday. It’s very healthy for our bodies to learn how to keep us in balance throughout our busy days and weeks. We have systems in place, like the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), whose sole purpose is to keep our bodies in homeostasis, to help with acute stress. When these systems are working properly, our bodies do a wonderful job of moving us through moments of stress (sympathetic nervous system) and back to recovery mode (parasympathetic nervous system). The more efficiently we are able to go from stress to recovery, the better it is for our long-term health.
However, when stress becomes something you can’t simply ‘shake off’ or recover quickly from, this is known as chronic stress; experiencing stress over an extended period of time. Chronic stress can take a serious toll on your mind and body. It can cause ailments such as migraine, insomnia, high blood pressure, health disease, anxiety and more. Fortunately, there are tactics you can do to create a healthier regimen in order to combat chronic stress, feed your ECS and get on a brighter path towards mental and physical wellbeing.
This article is meant to provide a few helpful tips to go from coping to thriving! While to many of us stress seems like a bad thing, it’s actually not always the case. The body’s stress response (fight or flight– sympathetic nervous system) is a natural system that helps our bodies gear up for action. When we feel threatened, our bodies release hormones like adrenaline and cortisol that can boost mental clarity, muscles and heart rate. Instances of acute stress throughout our days and weeks are helpful for our body to keep our reaction and signaling systems sharp.
However, chronic stress is not healthy for us because it can often negatively impact our long term health. Prolonged periods of stress keep our cortisol levels high, which increase cravings for sweets and other unhealthy foods. Chronic stress also affects our mental and emotional health, often resulting in anxiety, depression, mood imbalances and more.
Some helpful tips to manage chronic stress, and go from coping to thriving are:
Chronic stress is a real ailment and is detrimental to long-term health. However, there are many tactics you can employ today to help you go from coping to thriving in your everyday life! We are here to help you recover quicker and get back to doing all the things you love with the people who bring you joy.
By: Rachael Rapinoe October 25, 2023 4 min readRead More