Let’s face it, moms today face a lot of stress. So much of it is brought on by our culture, and the pressure to perform. It is important that you learn to do what is best for you and your family, and don’t let outside forces influence you as much.
That being said, we STILL have a lot of stress in our lives, even when we begin living our own priorities.
In this post, I want to share some natural ways you can try to relieve, and counteract, some of your stress.
Necessary Legal Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. I am simply sharing what I have found in my research and what has helped me. Please consult your physician as there may be underlying health issues.
On a recent visit to my doctor, as we were going over my bloodwork results, he shared with me multiple areas I was deficit in. He also shared that several of those areas could be affected by increasing my vitamin intake through food or through supplements.
While supplements are not the cure for stress, they can help you as you seek other ways to decrease and manage your stress, anxiety, and exhaustion. They are not meant to be band-aids to keep barreling through life, popping vitamins. Your body can only handle so much before it will eventually rebel.
Let me share some of what he shared with me:
Most of us know that Vitamin D is good for our bones. What we may not realize is that it is also very crucial in the release of neurotransmitters in the brain, such as dopamine and and serontonin. Medical studies show that even though a lack of Vitamin D may just play a small part in depression, effective supplementation may improve mood, and help increase overall well-being when added to a patient’s wellness plan. source
Nutritional sources of Vitamin D
Milk (whole does have more than skim)
The National Center for Health and Wellness states that an insufficiency in B12 can lead to irritability, confusion, anxiety, and stress. Those symptoms describe a lot of the stressed moms I’ve talked to! In a study done by the National Center for Biotechnology, “those who received treatment reported significantly lower personal strain and a reduction in confusion and a depressed/dejected mood after 12 weeks.”
Nutritional sources of Vitamin B12
We all have heard that vitamin C can possibly help fend off a cold or other respiratory infection, or at least keep it from worsening. Interestingly enough, a study was done that showed that increased amounts of vitamin C can actually reduce the effects that stress can have on the body. Higher amounts decreased the amount of cortisol that was released into the body during times of stress. Increased cortisol for extended periods can cause lots of harm physically and mentally. source
Nutritional sources of Vitamin C
Nutritional sources of Omega 3s
This is the first post in a series, to share what I have learned firsthand about the effects of stress on one’s life and body.