Support Your Adrenal Glands
Cortisol (also known as the stress hormone) is made in the adrenal glands. Producing cortisol is an essential function as it protects us from danger. However, when stressful situations persist for extended periods, your adrenal glands become exhausted, unable to produce any further cortisol. This can result in feelings like lethargy and physical tiredness. By actively supporting your adrenal glands, you can help your body create a steady, regular amount of cortisol rather than huge spikes and dips that can impact your mental and physical health.
You can support your adrenal glands with:
- B Vitamins
- Rhodiola Rosea
- L Theanine
Work To Reduce Cortisol
If you’ve gone through a particularly stressful period in your life, your adrenal glands may be overproducing cortisol. This keeps you in a constant state of “fight or flight” mode, which can cause anxiety. Furthermore, it can have a long-term impact on your all-important adrenal gland, which can cause an abundance of mental and physical problems.
Instead of sitting with this discomfort, work to actively reduce cortisol levels in your body.
You can reduce cortisol levels in your body by:
- Reducing your caffeine intake
- Taking Folic Acid or Folate (L-5-MTHF)
- Adding Vitamin C to your diet
- Avoiding processed foods
- Eating primarily whole Foods
- Take Supplements Ashwagandha, Rhodiola, L-Theanine, Lemon Balm
- Eat foods rich in Essential Fatty Acids (EFA's)
- Drinking plenty of water
Do Some Gentle Exercise
Exercise is a powerful stress reliever. Almost all types of exercise can increase your fitness while reducing your stress levels. Simultaneously, it can improve the quality of your sleep. When you work out, your body experiences a release of positive endorphins. This can cause a spike in your mood and a reduction in stress.
However, the type of exercise you do can make a difference. For example, HIIT workouts or anything that seems particularly pressurised or stressful can cause a spike in cortisol in your body. So try to avoid these workouts at particularly stressful times.
Instead, opt for a brisk walk, a swim, some yoga / pilates or other gentle yet effective movement.
Meditation is one of the most important yet undervalued exercises when it comes to reducing stress in your everyday life. By meditating for as little as ten minutes a day, you can start to experience the long-term, positive effects of a calmer body and mind.
Nowadays, there are so many ways to try meditation. There are apps, podcasts and YouTube videos that take you from start to finish of a meditation session. So take a look around and find a method that you enjoy. Once you find the right match for you, start with just a couple of minutes per day and begin to build it up over time.
Taking the time to check in with yourself, acknowledge your stresses, and let them go, can be incredibly powerful for your mental and physical health.
If you don’t wish to sit still and meditate, you can also try to meditate while gardening, crafting, or cooking.
Humans weren’t supposed to spend all their time indoors. Yet, with so many people working office jobs, it’s become normal to spend most of the day cooped up inside, far away from nature and the sun.
Reports have shown that taking breaks from stressful routines can amp up your creativity, productivity, and focus. While working without any breaks or outdoor time can lead to excessive stress, insomnia and an array of other issues.
When you can, take some time outdoors to soak up vitamin D from the sun and gaze at the green trees or blue sky above. Sometimes, all you need is 5 minutes of nature therapy to help your body embrace calm and relieve stress.
Sometimes, simply breathing in a calming smell can help you relieve stress from building up in your body and brain. Essential oils distilled from plants are believed to directly act on the brain’s emotion-controlling zones, like the hypothalamus. Lavender, in particular, seems to have a soothing effect on the mind.
Aromatherapy actively improves your mood and reduces cortisol levels in the body. How you integrate aromatherapy is up to you.
Here are some options to explore:
- Use a diffuser
- Light a naturally scented candle
- Apply diluted essential oils to your pillow or blanket
- Use an aromatherapy essential oil roll-on and apply to temple or wrists
- Go for an aromatherapy session with a professional
Relieving stress in your daily life takes consistent work and dedication. In fact, you need to evaluate just about every aspect of your life to start embracing a true sense of calm and peace.
For an extra boost, consider adding a daily Vita Calm Stress & Anxiety Relief capsule to your routine. Our unique blend of Adaptogens, Herbs, Minerals and B Vitamins is specially formulated to relieve stress and anxiety, reduce elevated cortisol levels, and help with adrenal fatigue and mood support.
As we’ve mentioned, healthy adrenal glands and normal cortisol levels are vital for supporting a positive mood, fighting fatigue and boosting energy, so fast-track your route to ultimate calm and stress-free living by choosing Vita Calm to support you on every step of the journey.