Most people experience feelings of stress at some point in their lives, but for many people, this can become a daily occurrence which creeps in without full realisation.
Daily stressors and busy schedules may build up over time and end up affecting your mood, energy, general health, motivation, headaches, patience, falling asleep, quality of sleep, and daily happiness.
Stress seems to be unavoidable in our busy, modern-day lives, but it should never take over your life, or make you feel tired, uptight, ill, low, anxious or unhappy.
What is Stress?
The human body is designed with mechanisms to help you cope with and withstand stress, yet too much stress or chronic stress over a period of time may deplete these stress-coping reserves and leave us feeling more fragile, tired, stressed or anxious.
This is an area of health we support our patients with on a regular basis and is incredibly rewarding work!
One of the human body’s primary mechanisms to help us cope with stress is the adrenal hormone cortisol.
Cortisol is one of our primary stress-coping hormones and is released by the body during any mental, emotional, or physiological (physical) stress to help us manage and survive.
When you experience a period of high stress or low-grade chronic stress, the body may down-regulate cortisol production or struggle to produce healthy levels of cortisol which is designed to help you cope and feel well through times of stress.
As cortisol levels drop, our stress-coping ability may also reduce, and we may find ourselves more stressed or tired than usual, feeling easily stressed or irritable, feeling worried or anxious, or having difficulty with sleep.
Our first step back to healthy stress-coping is to test your stress-coping adrenal hormones including cortisol, DHEAs and melatonin; alongside specific herbal medicine aimed to immediately have you feeling better and on the road to recovery.
Testing stress hormone levels provides comprehensive information on whether your stress hormones are down-regulated, ‘worn-out’ through stress exposure or ‘stuck in fight/flight’ response.
Testing your individual stress-coping hormone levels allows us to accurately assess your adrenal and stress coping reserves and support these hormones back to healthy levels to have you feeling happy, healthy and ready to tackle the world!