In our fast-paced world, stress is more common than the common cold. If you’re busy juggling endless work deadlines, family time and social commitments, stress is likely no stranger to you.

Today, stress in the workplace is commonplace. In fact, in its 2012 Stress in America Survey, the American Psychological Association (APA) found 65 percent of Americans surveyed cited work as a top source of stress, with only 37 percent saying “they were doing an excellent or very good job managing stress.”*

Unfortunately, stress can take an emotional toll, and in turn, undermine personal and professional relationships.

Whether that means taking anger out on family members, having frequent bouts of anxiety that put coworkers on edge or being unable to summon the energy to socialize with friends – stress is no fun.

Common symptoms of stress related to emotions include:

  • Anxiety
  • Sadness and depression.
  • Feeling overwhelmed.
  • Lack of motivation.
  • Inability to focus.
  • Irritability, anger and angry outbursts.
  • Social withdrawal.**

In some cases, these symptoms of stress can snowball over time and lead to other serious health issues. So it’s important to take these common stress symptoms seriously.

Many people experience headaches, insomnia and fatigue when stress levels climb. Plus, chronic stress can lead to serious health problems when left unchecked, such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes and others.**

How to relieve stress and anxiety with Ashwagandha

So what is Ashwagandha?

The Ashwagandha plant also known as “Indian ginseng” and “winter cherry”.

Ashwagandha – also known as Indian Ginseng or Winter Cherry – is an herb that has been used to support various systems of the human body such as the neurological, immune, energy-production, endocrinal and reproductive systems.***

And as a recent study suggests, Ashwagandha root extract can safely improve an individual’s ability to resist stress, which in turn, can help relieve anxiety and improve quality of life. In fact, study participants who took Ashwagandha supplements experienced a significant reduction in stress compared to subjects taking a placebo.***

Take symptoms of stress seriously to avoid health and relationship woes

Sure, stress is a fact of life for most of us, but ignoring symptoms of stress won’t do you or the people around you any good. If stress is turning your life upside down, take action now. A medical professional can guide you on the best steps to take – diet, exercise, meditation, counseling – for your individual circumstances.

SOURCES:

* “Coping with stress at work,” American Psychological Association website, www.apa.org. Learn more.
** “Stress symptoms: Effects on your body and behavior,” Mayo Clinic website, www.mayoclinic.org.  For more information, click here.
*** Chandrasekhar K, Kapoor J, Anishetty S. A prospective, randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled study of safety and efficacy of a high-concentration full-spectrum extract of Ashwagandha root in reducing stress and anxiety in adults. Indian J Psychol Med [serial online] 2012 [cited 2017 Jan 27];34:255-62. Click here to learn more.