NB: the information in this report is for educational purposes only, and shouldn’t be read as medical advice. Over the past three articles in this series, we have looked at how supplementing can help us manage our stress. We’ve looked at how replacing vital nutrients that the stress response uses up or leaches can help our bodies recover faster from the harm getting stressed inflicts on them.
Keep in mind
We’ve also looked at herbs which will help us to feel more relaxed (and therefore less stressed), so that our anxiety responses become less extreme. And in each report, we have included a warning against relying on supplements as the be-all and end-all of a stress management programme. This will be met with varying levels of frustration by people that are utilised to the instant gratification way of managing their health.
Our modern lives condition us to expect rapid results from simple actions that we do not need to consider implementing. If it hurts, we have a painkiller. If we have a cold, we suck an anaesthetic lozenge, inhale some decongestant, and attempt to carry on as normal as far as possible. After all, our symptoms are not bothering us any longer, so the approach works, right?
The problem with this method when it comes to health care is that there is a reason we became ill in the first place – we allow our immune systems become run down enough when there is a cold going around, our systems are not powerful enough to fight it off. We can care for the cold symptoms, but if we do not do something to build our immune systems back up again, we will simply come down with another cold we are exposed to then – and the one after that. Stress is much the same.
Taking a pressure supplement to help us manage our anxiety is similar to taking cold medicine to control a cold. It will often alleviate the symptoms of anxiety – but as we mentioned in Part 3 of the series, unless the cause is treated, the anxiety is only going to wind up manifesting in different ways. The question, of course, is the way to treat stress. For those who get a cold, you know that the most effective strategies to build your immune system back up would be to eat healthily and break enough.
What about stress?
Perhaps unsurprisingly, eating and resting well go a long way in assisting you to control your stress too! But because anxiety is partly mental and emotional, there are far more options available. It’s helpful here to return to this 3-part stress process we discussed back in Issue 1 of Optimum Stress News. Stress management approaches can be directed at one of these points. The best way to use to control your personal stress response will depend completely on your own situation.
Sometimes avoiding the problem is the fastest and simplest way to handle it – other times it’ll be completely inappropriate. Research suggests that taking a combination strategy will often get better results than any one approach by itself. If you’re not certain which method (or combination) will work best for you, consider talking to a stress management trainer – that is what they are trained to assist with! None of that is to say that anxiety supplements do not work.
There’s a good amount of proof – study and anecdotal – to demonstrate that they can. But if you would like to deal with your stress rather than just pushing it down, then you will need to observe supplements as part of a general stress strategy, instead of as an alternative to one. It could take more time, energy and energy – but the end results in your life will be well worth it. If you have any questions regarding anything in this report, please do not hesitate to contact me. Otherwise, until next issue, may every day bring you closer to your optimum life.