In today’s world avoiding stress is virtually impossible. From news headlines to the daily effects of our schedules and personal life events, we’re feeling the effects on both a societal and individual level more than ever. Regardless of the type of stressor, our body reacts the same way by engaging the fight or flight response, elevating cortisol levels, and ultimately leading to an exhausted system in those who continue to live a high-stress lifestyle. Luckily, there are ways to bolster our body’s natural defenses against stress AND help our body recover when stress has worn it too far down. Today we’ll discuss a few ways that we can work together to help you identify the effects of stress in your life and share small, actionable steps that can make a big difference over time.
Stress and lack of sleep can create a vicious cycle of repeating events that make it difficult to remember which issue came first. Lack of sleep can make us more prone to the effects of stress which can make quality sleep difficult. There are a variety of ways to practice what is known as “sleep hygiene.” Sleep hygiene is usually just a series of steps that are taken every night in a routine order to signal to the body that it’s time to wind down and support your comfort and relaxation to prime you for sleep.
Sometimes though, even the best sleep hygiene cannot overcome the root cause of your sleep issues. When this happens, a consultation with us at Innovative RX is a great opportunity to explore professional-grade supplements and other solutions to address symptoms that may be preventing sleep.
Another “which came first” topic in regard to stress is gut health. Poor gut health can lead to a host of new concerns and make it difficult for the body to maintain a healthy response to stress. Additionally, stress can wreak havoc on our gut health reducing resiliency and making life’s day-to-day stressors feel especially overwhelming.
Approaching gut health does not need to be trial and error. Along with mindful eating, testing, and supplements are available through us at Innovative RX to help determine gut imbalances and get on a corrective path that results in both symptom reduction and overall wellness.
Fighting burnout can feel like an uphill battle, and coming back from full adrenal burnout can be a lengthy and frustrating battle. While everyone may require their own specific methods of working against burnout, anyone seeking to keep burnout at bay will benefit from prioritizing rest and balancing the body. Make gut health and sleep a priority in order to be better equipped against burnout and have the bandwidth to take additional measures against it.
Additional measures might look like:
- Evaluating your priority list and shifting as needed
- Making intentional space for rest and play
- Picking up a mindfulness practice (even 5 minutes a day)
- Incorporating useful adaptogens such as ashwagandha, rhodiola, and eleuthero, among others
Implementing these practices will help keep your cortisol fluctuating naturally and your stress response system in a healthy state.
At Innovative RX Compounding Pharmacy in Kearney, NE, we can work with you to find safe and effective solutions to improve your life based on your individual needs. Whether it’s offering support alongside your primary care team, through consultations here at our location, creating personalized compounds, or through labs and supplementation, we work hard to create solutions that work for the individual.
To book a consultation or speak with someone, please contact us. We look forward to working together toward your optimal wellness.