Stress is the body and mind’s response to perceived threats or demands, commonly referred to as stressors. This reaction initiates the body’s “fight or flight” response, releasing hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline, which prepare the body to address the stressor.

A recent study carried out by Zippia Research revealed that 83% of the American workforce experience work-related stress, with 25% citing their job as the number one source of stress in their lives. Notably, over a million individuals miss work daily due to stress and depression, resulting in a staggering $51 billion annual expense for U.S. businesses and an additional $26 billion allocated for treatment costs.

But stress isn’t always a negative thing. There is positive stress (Eustress), a good form of stress which arises during situations or challenges that excite and motivate. A new job or promotion, a new relationship, getting married or being a mother for the first time can bring about Eustress, which has been linked to improvements in cognitive function, adaptability, strength of character, productivity, creativity, and confidence.

On the other hand, chronic stress (distress) is a negative form of stress marked by overwhelming and prolonged exposure to stressors, which can have adverse effects on physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

Chronic stress can result in:

  • Lack of sleep
  • Weight gain
  • Digestive problems
  • Premature ageing and other skin problems
  • Weakened immune system
  • Decreased libido

Chronic stress also affects personal and professional relationships, work productivity and mental health. With these numerous negative effects, it is vital to find ways to manage stress better. Here are a few coping mechanisms you can try:

  1. Move your body for 30 minutes daily-Exercise reduces levels of cortisol, the body’s stress hormone. It also boosts production of endorphins, the hormone that improves mood, eases pain, lowers stress and enhances sense of well-being.
  2. Practice breathing exercises and meditation-Ease your stress with breathing techniques and meditation. Both create a sense of relaxation, improves mood and eases anxiety.
  3. Build lasting friendships-Be friends with people who will celebrate with you during good times and support you when you’re at your worst. Let go of friendships that drain you or make you feel lacking. Stay away from friendships filled with conflict and drama.
  4. Maintain a healthy diet and regular sleep schedule-A balanced diet enhances a healthy immune system and repairs damaged cells. A regular sleep routine gives the body enough rest. With a healthy diet and enough sleep, the body is better-equipped to face stress because of improved concentration, better mood and increased energy.

Further to maintaining a healthy diet is getting extra nutrients from health supplements that will help you cope better with stress. Beyond Slim has a selection of products that can help cope with stress better and achieve your health goals.

ZipSlim contains Ashwaganda, an evergreen plant that has been shown to reduce levels of cortisol, leading to improved stress response and less worrying. The herb also improves memory, task performance and attention, and enhances sleep quality because of its calming effects.

Note that ZipSlim contains KSM-66 Ashwagandha, a high-concentration, full-spectrum extract of Ashwagandha, retaining all the natural constituents of the herb in the original balance. Taking ZipSlim an hour before your two heaviest meals for the day and following the 9 Reboot Rituals will go a long way in helping you manage stress and lead a fitter, healthier and happier life.

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