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May 28, 2020 5 min read

Things have certainly been crazy for everyone during these unprecedented times…

 

The chronic stress, anxiety, insomnia, lethargy, and even depression for many of us has now stretched on for months. From financial stress to fear over our health and safety, we're facing challenges that we've largely never encountered before.

 

Let’s face it… We are all pretty stressed right now.

 

And it’s perfectly normal! We want to remind you that we’re there with you through the good times and the bad.  We’re all in this together.

 

However, although it’s normal to feel a bit tense, this ongoing stress can wreak havoc on our wellness and put our health at serious risk if left unmanaged for too long.

 


What is chronic stress?

 

Short-term stress, like the kind we experience from normal everyday responsibilities, is a perfectly normal survival mechanism that can actually be beneficial for your health.

 

When this happens, your body attempts to help you deal with stressful situations by releasing certain stress hormones (like adrenaline and cortisol) responsible for heart rate, breathing, and muscle response time. This is in case you were in danger and had to "fight or flight" for your survival.

 

Once the stressful situation has passed, your body then returns to a normal, balanced resting state and has a chance to recover.

 

However, if your body never returns to homeostasis and your stress response levels stay elevated, this is then referred to as chronic stress.

 

Chronic stress is defined as an “ongoing response to emotional pressure in which a person perceives that they have little or no control.”

 

Consistently remaining in this stress-induced “fight or flight” mode can wear down your body’s natural defenses, and can  lead to a number of health concerns over time, from poor immunity to obesity, diabetes, depression, and more.

 

Essentially, being in “overdrive” all the time means that your body has to work even harder to keep you functioning normally when in a resting state. 

 

Signs of Chronic Stress

 

So how can you tell whether or not you're experiencing chronic stress? Here are some of the main signs and symptoms that may signal an urgent need for greater stress management and a bit more self-care.

 


TOP SYMPTOMS OF CHRONIC STRESS

          • Headaches or dizziness
          • General aches and pains
          • Feelings of anxiety or nervousness
          • Sudden changes in appetite
          • Unexplained irritability
          • Depression or poor mood
          • Digestive issues
          • Frequent headaches
          • Difficulty concentrating or lack of focus
          • Low self-esteem
          • Trouble falling and staying asleep
          • Frequent illness or infection

 

3 Major Ways Stress
Can Damage Your Health

 

When you’re chronically stressed, your body begins to ignite a reaction that fuels the fire for high levels of inflammation within your body.

 

It’s this inflammatory response that is often viewed in the medical world as the  pathway for most stress-related diseases.

 


According to studies, stress is the common risk factor
of 75%–90% of all diseases, including those with the
highest mortality rates.

 

Although the result of this chronic inflammation can be seen in many different areas of our health, there are three major areas where it is especially impactful on your overall wellness:
 


1
) GUT HEALTH

High stress levels can cause an overgrowth of “bad” pro-inflammatory gut bacteria, as well as cause inflammation in the gut lining.

Studies have shown that this  can lead to IBS-like symptoms such as frequent indigestion, food sensitivities, constipation, bloating, cramping, diarrhea, and more.

As we struggle to cope with the current situation, many negative lifestyle choices may play a role in poor gut health, such as increased alcohol consumption, indulging in more junk food, and poor sleep quality.

A weakened gut lining can result in what is known as a “leaky gut,” where your intestinal barrier is no longer able to efficiently filter out toxins and other harmful invaders from leaking into your bloodstream from your gut.

A diet high in prebiotic fibers, as well as a quality gut support supplement with pre + pro + postbiotics are just two ways to help rebalance and repair a healthy gut microbiome and gut barrier.

2) IMMUNE FUNCTION

Increased stress has been shown time and time again to do considerable  damage to our immune system’s ability to function properly, by lessening our  ability to fight off antigens. This  leaves us more susceptible to illness and less able to fight off harmful bacteria, pathogens, and viruses as the body works harder to keep us healthy.

This important factor was the reason we decided to create our very own, brand new doctor-formulated immune support supplement, Primal Immune Defense.

Although there is still much to discover about the connection between chronic stress and immune system, experts agree that there is a definite correlation between these two.


3)
JOINT PAIN

Increased body aches and pains, especially in the joints, can potentially can be brought on or worsened by chronic stress.

As you remain stressed for a longer period of time, you may experience  more aches and pains, as well as more joint stiffness and discomfort, especially if prone to joint-related issues.

Stress also causes your body to tense up and after some time, you may also feel some tension or soreness in your neck, shoulders, and back as a result of ongoing stress.

If you struggle with joint aches, it may help to add a comprehensive, holistic joint formula to your daily routine, with powerful ingredients such as type II collagen, turmeric, ashwagandha, vitamin C, and boswellia.

 


Simple Tips For Managing Stress & Anxiety

 

There are plenty of ways that we can add some stress reduction techniques into our daily routine, both now and in the future. 

 

But it’s important to remember that experimentation and finding what works for you is key!

 

Trying a few different techniques to find what works best for you is the surest way to finding a relaxation technique that you’re likely to stick with and experience results from.

 

Here are a few stress-reducing activities you can try while at home to help keep you relaxed, positive, and calm through the remainder of the current health crisis.

 

  • Journal
  • Meditate or pray
  • Do yoga
  • Jog or take a walk
  • Take a bubble bath
  • Watch something funny
  • Try a DIY facial or massage
  • Be kind to yourself
  • Focus on getting enough sleep
  • Read a book
  • Breathing techniques
  • Try self hypnosis
  • Positive thinking
  • Social support
  • Immerse yourself in a creative task
  • Snuggle up with a loved one or pet
  • Get some fresh air
  • Cook your favorite meal


  • For more inspiration, check out these blog articles:  5 Lessons We Can Learn From Quarantine or  Quarantine Insomnia Tips.

     

    Like a trusted friend, we’re always here for you with nothing but your best interests in mind, no questions asked.

     

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    We’ve been working day and night to try to lift your spirits as much as possible by doing what we do best: creating holistic supplements that help balance the body and support overall wellness. 

     

    Primal Harvest was created to be a supportive holistic health community for YOU, based on your unique needs and goals. 

     

    Together, we can feel our best and continue doing the things we love!

     

    AND REMEMBER...

     

    IT'S ABOUT YOU.  IT'S ABOUT YOUR HEALTH.  IT'S ABOUT RECONNECTING

     

    All the best,


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