Stress. This is something I talk about ALL the time with my clients.
Stress can affect you negatively whether it’s perceived as a “good” stress or a “bad” stress. For example, for many people the holidays are a time of good cheer, family time and making memories. However, the planning, the shopping, the baking, the traveling and even sometimes family can put undue stress on our systems leaving us set up to be sick. Over time, this can even lead to chronic illness. Our bodies don’t care if the stressor is something we think is “good” or “bad.” It responds the same way by turning on our fight or flight response. This pandemic that is happening is affecting so many of us in a bad way.
The problem we face is our society doesn’t every really get a break from stressors. We constantly are running away from the proverbial saber tooth tiger. Whether we are dealing with a pandemic or not, we have a hard time stepping away from daily stress. But it's important now more than ever to learn to deal with it. Maybe this is one of the things we can learn while we are lying low and have been forced to be less busy.
Our adrenal glands are responsible for helping us manage our stress. In doing so, the adrenals soak up our B Vitamins and Vitamin C like crazy not leaving much left for our other biochemical functions that require those nutrients. By managing your stress, you'll be allowing your immune system to do it's job more effectively.
So, here are some practical things you can do now to help yourself during these busy times.
Through the busyness of life (and a pandemic), we need to be aware of the nutrients that help us get through and manage our stress. Now, more than ever, is the time to make time for YOU and to slow down, calm down, and take care of yourself. Be well.