1. Take in more adaptogens.
Adaptogens or adaptogenic herbs are mushrooms, roots, and herbs that can significantly help us adapt to stressful situations. It’s the secret to maintaining grace under pressure.
Here’s how adaptogens work:
When we encounter a stressor, our bodies undergo a response called general adaptation syndrome or GAS. It comprises three (3) stages: alarm, resistance, and exhaustion.
Adaptogens keep us in the resistance stage so we can recover from the initial shock of stress (alarm stage) quicker and avoid breaking down in the middle of a stressful situation.
By staying in resistance longer, we can prevent chronic stress, a precursor to serious health conditions, including type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
In other words, adaptogens help counter mood swings by keeping us calm and much more able to power through life with a steadier, more positive mental state. Being in a positive mood puts us in a sunny disposition, which is highly beneficial for our mental health.
Some of the most potent adaptogens are ginseng, ashwagandha, and eleuthero. Studies prove that they regulate hormone changes to reduce stress levels and improve mood.