Supplements to Conquer Stress
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‘Tis the season for all things merry and bright, but with the additional expectations of the holidays, it becomes even more important to stay on top of stress management. This time of the year tends to add additional responsibilities and “to-dos” to the everyday stressors already present in life. According to the American Psychological Association, the general population is more likely to feel stress increase during the holiday season with lack of money, lack of time and commercialism hype as the top three causes for the increase. Women are particularly susceptible to stress increase, as statistically they are more likely to take charge of tasks such as preparing large meals, decorating the home and shopping.
Regardless of whether or not your stress climbs over the holidays, stress is an inevitable part of life. Many do not realize how unchecked stress affects your health. Physically, stress can raise blood pressure and resting heart rate. It can compromise your immune function and often lead to weight gain. Emotionally, stress can lead to anxiety and depression, as well as negatively affect relationships. Stress itself is unavoidable, however as Dr. Cooper says, “It’s not stress that kills, it’s the way you handle it.” Below are three of the most fundamental ways to manage stress and how the right supplements for you can help.
Exercise is one of the most effective ways to de-stress. The Cooper Institute research shows exercise can boost your mood, improve your energy level and help you get better sleep. Dr. Cooper recommends getting at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise five days per week. As your December calendar begins to fill up, schedule trips to the gym so your exercise routine doesn’t fall by the wayside. Additionally, find creative ways to incorporate exercise into your holiday plans. Take a family walk to look at Christmas lights, park farther away from the mall or go ice skating with the kids.
2. Healthier Eating
In the most recent Stress in America Survey™ conducted by the American Psychological Association, 40 percent of adult women who reported high financial stress reported overeating or eating unhealthy foods due to stress. Comfort eating is more prevalent during the holidays as celebratory and decadent foods abound. While food may be scrumptious and plentiful, weight gain and poor nutrition can result from using food to cope with stress. Cooper Clinic Nutrition Services offers several tips in this recent article to help you navigate the holiday spread. Also, taking a daily multivitamin will help provide the nutrients your body needs when your diet is less balanced.
It’s no surprise that stress leads to restless sleep – either insomnia or sleeping too much. Lack of sleep also makes you more prone to stress, anxiety and anger throughout the day. Lack of sleep and insomnia have also been associated with increases in C-reactive protein (CRP). CRP is secreted by the liver and indicates inflammation within the body. It is closely identified with heart disease. A clinical trial showed that taking Cooper Complete Original lowered CRP by 32 percent.
A supplement that may help with sleep is melatonin. Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone that plays a role in regulating the body’s natural wake/sleep cycle. Unlike many prescription sleep aids, supplemental melatonin doesn't increase drowsiness or have a "hangover" effect the following day. Cooper Complete offers Melatonin Quick Release to help you fall asleep and Melatonin Prolonged Release to help you stay asleep during the night. If you are traveling for the holidays, melatonin has also proven helpful for jet lag.
There are countless ways to help manage your stress during the holidays, but remembering these three pillars–exercise, healthy eating and sleep–will keep you on track to achieve your health and wellness goals and give you a jumpstart into a healthy new year.
To find out more about Cooper Complete multivitamins, melatonin and our entire line of products, please call 888-393-2221 or visit www.coopercomplete.com.
Article provided by Karen Perkins, Cooper Concepts Account Executive