Stress Helpers

Being a mom, or just being human, we can all agree that some days are way better then others; no one can deny that, but no matter what the day throws at me, I believe in being properly prepared for whatever comes my way. Stress is the biggest thing I’m always determined to tackle head on and aggressively because it effects the body so tremendously. Since we’ve been going through a global pandemic since 2019 we’ve all experienced and still are experiencing way too much long term stress. Our bodies are designed to handle short term, small doses of stress, long term stress has Many ill consequences. Wondering if you’re stressed? Here’s a list of behavioral, emotional and physical symptoms of stress.

  • Difficulty quieting your mind
  • Feeling overwhelmed like you have no control and need to gain it
  • Being moody, easily angered and irritated
  • Avoiding loves ones and friends
  • Low energy
  • Headaches
  • stomach issues, diarrhea, constipation, nausea
  • Tense muscles
  • Chest pains, racing heartbeat
  • Not being able to sleep
  • Frequently sick with colds and infections
  • Grinding teeth and a tight jaw
  • Loss of sexual desire
  • Dry mouth, swallowing becomes difficult
  • Constantly worrying
  • Disorganization/ forgetful
  • Focusing is difficult
  • Poor judgment
  • Only focusing on the negatives
  • Overeating or under-eating
  • Avoiding responsibilities
  • Increased use of weed, cigarettes, alcohol
  • Nail biting, shaking, pacing

These virus have turned our day to days into uncharted, unpredictable, uncontrollable months and years, which can cause a great deal of stress. I think it’s very important that we know what long term stress does to the body, so we become more educated and enthusiastic in ways to combat it; and keep it at bay as best we can, so we can thrive and stay in sound mind and good health for ourselves and our love ones. Below is a list of effects that long term stress has on the body.

  • Mental health issues; such as depression, anxiety and personality disorders
  • Heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, heart attacks, abnormal heart rhythms and other cardiovascular diseases
  • Eating disorders
  • Menstrual problems
  • Sexual problems
  • Skin and hair issues

Becoming aware and wanting to change are great beginning steps to tame this invisible mental attacker, and I couldn’t be more excited to share some easily tips, activities and resources to help you on your journey.


Easy quick stress relievers

I use each of these for managing my stress, I don’t take them all at the same time and I don’t take them everyday, I use them depending on the day and amount of stress I need managed.

  • Kava kava (Piper methysticum)-is a plant root that contains substances called kavapyrones. It makes you feel calm, relaxed, and even happy for some. It is also used by some for pain relief, to prevent seizures, and relax muscles. I use a kava tincture and I just put a dropper full in my water, though it taste pretty bad, it’s such a huge help I could really care less, some people make a kava drink with powder. (I find that taste even more awful but that’s just me) Kava is a quick and easy effective healthy way to combat stress, I would highly recommend kava if you’re dealing with high amounts of stress and want a natural remedy. Here’s a link to a brand that I trust

https://www.iherb.com/pr/herb-pharm-kava-1-fl-oz-30-ml/12058?rcode=DOK0115

Disclaimer: dark roast magazine provides information that should not take the place of medical advice. We encourage you to talk to your healthcare providers (doctor, registered dietitian, pharmacist, etc.) about your interest in, questions about, or use of dietary supplements and what may be best for your overall health. Any mention in this publication of a specific product or service, or recommendation from an organization or professional society, does not represent an endorsement by dark roast magazine of that product, service, or expert advice.

  • Valerian root ( Valeriana officinalis)– is a flowering plant that has a substance called valerenic acid in it that is believed to affect gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptors in the brain. Research shows one of the purposes of GABA is to control fear or anxiety experienced when nerve cells are overexcited. By doing this valerian can be used as a anxiety reducing natural supplement. I use a valerian root tincture made by herb-pharm that I’ve link below

https://www.iherb.com/pr/herb-pharm-valerian-1-fl-oz-30-ml/13507?rcode=DOK0115

Disclaimer: dark roast magazine provides information that should not take the place of medical advice. We encourage you to talk to your healthcare providers (doctor, registered dietitian, pharmacist, etc.) about your interest in, questions about, or use of dietary supplements and what may be best for your overall health. Any mention in this publication of a specific product or service, or recommendation from an organization or professional society, does not represent an endorsement by dark roast magazine of that product, service, or expert advice.

  • Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera)– is an evergreen shrub in the nightshade family and is one of the most important herbs in Ayurvedic medicine. For thousands of years people have used this herb for stress and anxiety relief, increased energy, better focus, increase testosterone in men and it benefits male fertility. Some claim it reduces blood sugar levels, reduces inflammation, assist in memory, is beneficial for cognitive health, and aids in improving quality sleep. Out of all the herbs I’ve previously referenced ashwagandha is my favorite, I find it highly effective and mild enough that I can take it multiple times a day for consecutive days. It’s available in many forms, I’ve tried powder and tincture and my preference is tincture solely because I find the taste to be awful and it makes the experience quicker lol. Below I’ve linked the Herb-Phram brand that I use for easy sourcing.

https://www.iherb.com/pr/herb-pharm-ashwagandha-1-fl-oz-30-ml/10008?gclid

Disclaimer: dark roast magazine provides information that should not take the place of medical advice. We encourage you to talk to your healthcare providers (doctor, registered dietitian, pharmacist, etc.) about your interest in, questions about, or use of dietary supplements and what may be best for your overall health. Any mention in this publication of a specific product or service, or recommendation from an organization or professional society, does not represent an endorsement by dark roast magazine of that product, service, or expert advice.