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How Modern Day Stress Affects Us
11.10.19
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4 min read

You know that feeling you get when you’re driving down the road, happily singing along with your favorite song, when suddenly you have to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting a squirrel or bunny? You immediately break out in a sweat, your heart starts pounding, and you’re breathing like you just ran a marathon — stress. That was a close call!

The heart-thumping, sweaty, breathless sensations you get when you narrowly avoid an accident (or any other dangerous situation) are part of your body’s fight-or-flight response. When your brain perceives a threat, it signals your adrenal glands to release hormones like adrenaline and cortisol that help you prepare to face the threat (or run away from it) by sharpening your senses and flooding your body with energy.

The fight-or-flight response is meant to be a temporary thing — when the danger has passed, our bodies return to normal. But what happens when the “danger” doesn’t go away? What does the fight-or-flight response do to our bodies when the perceived threat is actually an endless to-do list, thousands of unread emails, or a constant stream of bad news in our social media feeds?

When the demands of daily life cause us to feel like we need to be on high alert 24-7, we may feel constantly stressed that can really wreak havoc on the body. People who are always stressed out are more likely to develop health issues. 

How does stress build up to the point where it’s ongoing, and what can we do about it? Here are some of the ways stress affects us, and how Wildcrafter can help!

Too Much Work, Not Enough Energy

Whether you struggle to drag yourself out of bed every morning or run at a pace that’s too fast to sustain throughout the day, not having enough energy to get stuff done can be hugely stressful. It’s bad enough when your to-do list is a mile long, but when you’re too tired to even get out of the starting blocks, stress can really take hold.

Wildcrafter’s Inner Warrior blend has been specially formulated to combat day-to-day burnout. When you enjoy up to three cups a day of Inner Warrior, you’re reaping the energizing benefits of botanicals like:

  • Rhodiola root, which has been widely used to combat fatigue and enhance both physical and mental performance*
  • Lion’s mane mushroom, which supports memory and concentration, along with cognitive function and the nervous system*
  • Maca root, which supports energy metabolism to help give your endurance and stamina a boost while defending against stress and supporting your mood*

When you have the energy you need to tackle the daily grind, you’re much less likely to get stressed out and overwhelmed.

Feeling Fuzzy Instead of Focused

When you’re being pulled in a million different directions, it can feel impossible to give individual tasks the time and attention they deserve. When you’re at work, you’re thinking about the dirty dishes you left in the sink at home. When you’re at home, you’re worrying about work. Stress can cause you to be distracted and unfocused, which only serves to add more stress, and creates a vicious cycle!

Luckily, nature provides a solution to our perpetual distraction. There are compounds found in nature that help sharpen the mind and improve attention. You’re probably enjoying one of these compounds every day already — it’s caffeine, the original perk-me-up. In addition to caffeine, our Creative Genius blend features:

  • Bacopa, an herb that has been used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years to rejuvenate the mind
  • Ashwagandha, an adaptogenic herb that fosters mental calm and supports the body’s stress response*

When you’re able to calmly concentrate on the task at hand, you’ll feel less stressed about what’s next on your to-do list.

Too Much Stress to Sleep

Is there anything worse than falling into bed exhausted, only to be kept awake by your racing mind? We may be able to avoid obsessing over our many fears and worries during the day, but at night they consume us.

Since our bodies need sleep to function properly, not getting enough of it can really harm our physical and mental health. An evening de-stressing ritual is a good way to wind down and release some of the worries that may otherwise keep you awake. Try journaling and calming essential oils, like lavender, while enjoying a cup of Wildcrafter’s Spiritual Chill. This decaffeinated coffee blend features:

  • Chamomile, a gentle herb that encourages relaxation and soothes the digestive tract*
  • Holy basil, a stress-busting herb that helps you keep calm*
  • Passionflower, which relieves nervous tension to promote relaxation*

When your body is relaxed and your mind is clear, you’ll be able to drift peacefully asleep without being weighed down by stress.

Stress Impacts Your Wellbeing

If you feel like there’s a connection between your stress level and your well-being, you’re not wrong. Stress has been shown to weaken the immune system, making your body vulnerable.

If you struggle with managing stress and you love coffee, you may want to consider switching from plain coffee to Wildcrafter’s Immune Shield. It contains immune-supporting botanicals like:

  • Astragalus root, which support the “shield” that serves as our body’s first line of defense*
  • Reishi, a mushroom popular in Asia for enhancing energy*, supporting a healthy immune response*, and promoting general well-being*
  • Elderberry, a fruit that is the perfect ally for supporting your immune system*

 With a supported immune system, you’re more likely to feel your best while traveling, being around kids, or in the office.

Managing Stress for Better Health

Stress is an inevitable part of life, but we don’t have to let it take over our lives. When we understand how stress affects us, we can assemble a toolkit (including Wildcrafter blends) that will help us handle life’s challenges before they hurt our health.

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