Certainly, we all experience stress — from deadlines at work, long to-do lists, and a range of modern human pressures — and it’s easy to dismiss because stress is so common. However, chronic stress, a prolonged period of feeling overwhelmed and under pressure, can be exhausting and debilitating for your brain and can have negative effects on your body’s performance.
Let’s take a closer look. Every time you’re stressed, your sympathetic nervous system goes into fight-or-flight mode, triggering adrenaline release and diverting resources and blood flow from key functional areas of your brain. And because modern stressors are not “real” like primitive ones (beasts chasing you, for instance), the stress cycle is often not completed — you don’t end up fighting or fleeing, and instead the panicked feeling lingers, along with compromised mental performance, even once the “threat” is gone. And this response cycle often repeats with deleterious effects.
Complete the stress cycle by going for a run or doing some other form of vigorous exercise — your primitive brain will thank you for outrunning the beast and help you return to a state of homeostasis. And of course, reach for hemp — it’s an adaptogen. Better yet, reach for hemp with added adaptogens. Adaptogens help bust stress at the cellular level and will leave you feeling calmer and sharper.