Living Stress Free is the Key to Happiness

How to Better Understand Stress and Live Healthier

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Everyone gets stressed. It’s an unavoidable part of life that we all have to deal with at some point or another. How you handle it on the other hand is a whole different story. There are many different causes for stress in our daily lives, but our body’s reaction to that stress is almost the same in everyone. When your body senses stress, it causes your adrenal glands to pump out two different stress hormones into your bloodstream. One of those is adrenaline, and the other is cortisol, both of which can have a completely different effect on your body. Once your body is pushed to its’ limit it experiences adrenal depletion and your body makes up for it in one of two ways:

– One way your body helps deal with stress is the adrenal gland’s over production of cortisol. Now this chemical has a completely opposite effect on the body than adrenaline. If you get stressed out and seem to always seem to feel tired, have a hard time getting out of bed and crave foods you usually wouldn’t like those high in sugars and salt, this is the way YOUR body handles stress.


– The other way your body can handle stress is that it can start to produce an abundance of adrenaline. This is that feeling when you get stressed and feel jittery, experience an accelerated heart rate, severe anxiety and sometimes even a sensory overload. That’s right! You can even become hypersensitive to certain smells and foods. Erratic adrenaline production is what the majority of people experience when their body experiences stress.


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It isn’t uncommon for someone to feel both of these sensations at some point in their life when stressed, but more often than not, you are able to tell what is your most frequent type of reaction to stress. When you get stressed your muscles get ense and a massage will always help loosen your body up, but when you can’t immediately get to the spa, here are some ways to calm the adrenal glands and use natural remedies to keep your stress at bay.

Adding the vitamins B5 and C to your daily routine is essential for stress management as your adrenal glands need them when they are overworked. If you live a high stress lifestyle, taking these daily is a must. There are also some herbs that have been proven time and time again to help stress levels. Rhodiola, Siberian ginseng and ashwaghanda are all medicinal herbs that are known to help replenish the adrenal glands and help get your body back to feeling balanced and stress free. Dealing with and experiencing stress is never fun, but it is inevitable. Add these health tips to your life along with your regular massages to keep your muscles loose and you will be on your way to living a much less stressful life.


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