This week has been really, really long. I can’t believe it’s only Thursday! I need a weekend #rightmeow.
I’ve been on a kick with supplements lately, which is unusual for me. I’m pretty non-compliant when it comes to taking supplements daily because I hate swallowing pills. I always feel like they’re stuck in my throat. Matt is the total opposite – he can swallow a hand full of pills at a time, it’s almost like a party trick.
I’ve been balancing several “jobs” over the last few months – my blog, my real job, my consulting job, my volunteer jobs and more. Frankly, my plate is beyond full and I’m feeling run down and exhausted. Unfortunately, what seems to be taking priority over my feelings of exhaustion are the feelings of not giving each “job” enough attention.
In an effort to engage in some “self-care” I started taking two supplements to remedy the effects of long-term stress. It’s interesting that I can dole out the supplement/health advice to clients but when it comes to my own health, I struggle. I think it’s a bit of the “do as I say, not as I do” mentality.
Back to the issue at hand: stress. Having too many things to do is the perfect way to create a stressful life. When you’re constantly in a state of “go” you can forget to rest, and stress without rest = chronic stress. Chronic stress is no joke, it can lead to a number of health concerns including:
- Difficulty breathing
- Cardiovascular disease
- Adrenal fatigue and dysfunction
- Cortisol imbalance and abdominal fat gain
- GI Stress
- And more…
My go-to for periods of intense stress is Rhodiola rosea. Rhodiola is a potent adaptogen. Adaptogens are natural plant substances that increase the body’s ability to “adapt” physiology to handle stressful situations in a more resourceful way. You can read more about Rhodiola on the American Botanical Council’s website: here.
My other go-to is B vitamins. Did you know stress rapidly depletes your B vitamins? B vitamins are essential for stress management and energy production; and because they are water-soluble vitamins, we don’t store them in our bodies. That means the only way you’re getting them is through daily intake.
The takeaway: when stress has you beat and your plate is too full, supplementing with vitamins can help ease you through difficult times. If you’re curious about my favorite supplement brands, feel free to ask!
Your turn: how do you manage to keep your cool when you feel overwhelmed by responsibility? What your favorite “stress management” tip?