Just Breathe: 3 Tips to Manage Stress

Just Breathe: 3 Tips to Manage Stress

Stress isn't always a bad thing—it can motivate you to get things done, such as meeting a deadline or doing a pile of laundry. But when you feel overwhelmed, or experience stress for an extended period, it can start to take a toll on your overall wellbeing. That's why managing a healthy stress response is so important. But how do you manage stress…without getting stressed out? Here are our top tips.

  1. Sweat more, stress less

    Stress can lead to built-up energy. The "fight-or-flight" instinct causes your body to go into overdrive, producing cortisol and other hormones involved in your stress response. And over time, if the stress isn't resolved, it actually affect your energy levels. Either way, what better way to balance that energy than with movement? The next time you're feeling overwhelmed, go for a brisk walk, do some squats, or yoga your way to that feeling of zen. You'll feel restored and ready to continue with your task at hand.

  2. Mindfulness over mind-full

    When you've got a lot on your mind, stop worrying about the future, marinating over the past—and instead, focus on the now. Deep, long breaths bring you back to your present moment and calm your mind. And, a calm mind can handle anything!

  3. Nourish a healthy stress response

    Get ahead of stress with a nutrition plan focused on promoting relaxation, focus and calm. Adding nutrients like lemon balm, magnolia and lychee fruit extract to your daily self-care routine can help your body relax…from the inside out.

General Stress Management

Regular exercise, restful sleep and healthy diet & lifestyle choices all contribute to healthy stress management.

Stress Management Information & Research

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Which supplements can help manage stress?

While potentially stressful situations are unavoidable, our reaction to them does not have to be. Multivitamins (especially the B complex and vitamin C), omega-3 fatty acids, L-theanine, phosphatidylserine, L-tryptophan, bioactive milk peptides, probiotics, DHEA, adaptogenic herbs (holy basil, ashwagandha, bacopa, lemon balm, saffron, ginseng, rhodiola, amla, schisandra, cordyceps, magnolia and phellodendron) and melatonin prior to sleep are among the nutrients that can help support healthy stress management.

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How does ashwagandha support healthy stress management?

Preclinical studies show that ashwagandha supports healthy mitochondrial activity, promotes healthy central nervous system signaling, supports against oxidative stress and encourages healthy immune system function, which suggests that it may help support a healthy stress response.

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What are some nutrients to manage stress?

In the long run, exercise can help support healthy balance of cortisol, our main stress hormone. Physical activity also releases endorphins, compounds that encourage healthy mood and can help support healthy stress management. Nutrients like the compounds in lemon balm extract as well as theanine can help promote a calm and relaxed state. In addition, botanicals like magnolia and lychee fruit may help to modulate cortisol levels.

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