How To Combat Stress and Elevate Your Mood

Flat out: almost everyone is overworked, lacking sleep, and on the brink of body fatigue at some point in their life. When we are in a constant state of stress, are bodies are overworked and we run the risk of exhaustion. When this happens, we feel depleted, and depending on what organs are most affected, the symptoms may vary. From a general lack of energy, difficulty sleeping, clouded mind, depression, weak immunity, and difficulty digesting—pretty much anything can go wrong when our bodies have reached their final straw. Here are suggestions from our Co-Founder Giles Hayward on how to combat everyday stressors to avoid the risk of running on empty.

Get acquainted with adaptogens—Adaptogens are Eastern medicine's answer to alleviating stress and boosting wellbeing. In the most basic sense, adaptogens are naturopathic herbs (and mushrooms in some cases) that work to calm the central nervous system. Some of the most effective adaptogens for stress management are Schisandra, Rhodiola Rosea, and Eleuthero. Incorporating these powerhouse supplements into your diet will aid your body’s response and defense to everyday stressors.

“Adaptogens are my favorite herb—they’re the smart way to access sustained vitality and focus, rather than giving you a short term high, like caffeine or sugar, which overstimulates the Central Nervous System (CNS), adaptogens bring the CNS into a parasympathetic state. It’s from this state of calm and rest that the body can access single-minded concentration which allows us to fully engage in what we’re doing.”

Move your body—Exercise is critical to stress management. When we move our bodies we get our endorphins flowing, which are often referred to as the brain’s “feel good” chemicals (i.e. mood, elevated). Endorphins help relieve pain and induce feelings of pleasure or euphoria, triggering a positive feeling in the body, and are released during strenuous exercises, like high-intensity cardio. Find a sweat-inducing workout—anything that gets your heart pumping will help.

“Get out of your mind and into your body—the body regulates breathing which is what gets us into a meditative state. Engage in exercise that allows for repetitive, moderated breath, like running or yoga, to enter this state.”

Sleep, sleep, sleep—In addition to a healthy diet and regular exercise, getting enough restful sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Proper sleep is one of the keys to feeling your best, yet one in three adults are chronically sleep deprived. To promote good sleep and improve sleep try going to bed at the same time each night and rising at the same time each morning. Also, avoid large meals, alcohol, and caffeine before bedtime. Meditation is great, too, even if it’s only five minutes at the start of your day, or a midday recharge.

“What helps me become less anxious before sleep is knowing that I’m prepared for the day ahead. By writing down seven things that I need to prioritize the following day, it helps put the current day to rest and reduces anxiety because I feel prepared for the coming day.”

Taking care of your body and mind is essential to living a wholesome, balanced life. Be mindful of these three practices to feel your best, every day.