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Most of us know what it’s like to feel stressed and overwhelmed by everyday life. And many of us struggle to make time to do the things that can help relieve the symptoms. Exercise, diet, and relaxation can play a prominent role in reducing stress and overwhelm. Not just physically but mentally as well. There are also many natural products that humans have used for centuries to help ease symptoms of stress and overwhelm.

1. Adaptogens

Adaptogens are herbs, plants, roots, and mushrooms that help you ‘adapt’ to emotional and physical stress naturally. When we’re physically or mentally stressed, our bodies go through what’s known as GAS – General Adaptation Syndrome. When you’re experiencing GAS you go through 3 stages: alarm, resistance, and exhaustion. Adaptogens work by helping you stay in the resistance phase longer so you don’t crash in the middle of an event, crisis, or task. In other words, adaptogens help you keep going when you need to the most.

2. CBD

For starters, let’s take a look at how CBD works on stress. See, CBD interacts with our endocannabinoid system (ECS) and our ECS helps regulate things like our mood, memory, metabolism, appetite, sleep, stress levels, and immune function. Studies have shown that CBD appears to reduce our stress response which means it’s a great option for stress and overwhelm. Something to keep in mind is that the benefits of CBD will build-up over time so making it a daily habit is key! The more consistent you are with it, the more likely you are to benefit from an overall feeling of calm, balance, and a centered mind. With this in mind, we created a line of proper lifestyle CBD products that give you plenty of options to suit your needs. Shop our products here >>

3. Valerian

Valerian is an herb that’s been used for centuries to help with nervousness and sleep disturbances. Known as “nature’s Valium”, valerian is one of the most widely recognized natural remedies for sleep disorders and inducing feelings of tranquility. Valerian can be taken as a tea. However, the scent can be off-putting to some individuals, so capsules and tinctures may be preferred.

4. B Vitamins

Sometimes dubbed “happy vitamins,” B vitamins can help improve energy and reduce stress levels. A deficiency in B vitamins can include symptoms like irritability, depression, fatigue, and erratic mood which can make your stress levels spike. So how do you ensure you’re getting enough B vitamins? Eat a well-balanced diet that includes foods like meat, fish, fruits, veggies, dairy, nuts, seeds, whole grains, beans, etc. However even with a well-balanced diet, deficiencies can still happen, so there are also lots of B vitamin supplements you can incorporate into your regimen.

5. Chamomile tea

There are countless health benefits to chamomile. Due to its relaxing effect, chamomile is a great natural resource for those managing feelings of stress and overwhelm. In fact, one 2016 study indicated that long-term chamomile use safely and significantly reduces moderate symptoms associated with stress. It also aids in digestion, relaxes muscles, and can help encourage sleep. And while it is most commonly consumed in tea form, chamomile capsules can be just as beneficial in reducing anxiety.

As always, Proper Hemp Co. recommends discussing any new supplements or medications with your doctor before beginning a regimen. 

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