The following first appeared on Scary Mommy and was produced in partnership with Stressballs, herbal supplements that contain ashwagandha to help you stress less and live more.
When you’re a parent, stress is kind of a given. “Don’t hate the player, hate the game” and all that. It’s just part of the deal.
But lately managing stress has moved up from “eh, sounds nice” to MISSION CRITICAL. Whether you’re working from home with kids climbing all over you, or homeschooling your bunch of unruly students (how can there be a NEW new math??) – all while handling your usual 850 things per day — you’ve got to get a handle on stress. Managing it as best you can makes a huge difference to your new normal.
But just like you quickly pivoted to pantsless video calls and got creative with rice and beans, you can do this, too. Every superhero needs her sidekicks. Ready to level up? Meet yours:
Sweat It Out, Let It Out
Working out may seem like the absolute last thing you want to do when you’re feeling stressed but it’s true what they say: you won’t regret it. And when you’re at your max capacity for stress, the more aggro the workout, the better.
Take kickboxing, for example. Start kicking and punching and within minutes, you’re on your way to a stress-free zone. Another benefit? Every one of those kicks and punches can be aimed at something that causes stress in your life. Traffic? POW! Bills to pay? POW! Now you’re ready for anything and anybody that tries you.
Daily Burn is a membership program that gives you access to thousands of workouts you can get in on your schedule. Group workouts or one-on-one training whenever you want, from any device. Sure, you may have to lock yourself in the bathroom to get in ten minutes of cardio. But with Daily Burn, it’s a snap.
Turn Stressed Life Into Your Best Life
When you’re doing all the things, sometimes you don’t even realize that you’re skipping the basics like, oh, getting enough sleep. Stress slows down our ability to be our best selves. Just think how annoying it is when you’re trying to watch a movie, and your screen starts buffering. That’s your body with stress. Total nightmare, right? Adding time-tested herbal stress supplements is a must for your stress relief game.
Some, like ashwagandha, have been used for thousands of years — way before someone decided mortgages have to be paid every month. Clinical studies have shown that not only does ashwagandha reduce cortisol (“the stress hormone”) levels, results actually may improve over time with regular use.
Stressballs are herbal supplements specially blended to help reduce everyday stress. They’re also drug-free, gluten-free, lactose-free, gelatin-free, non-habit forming, and non-drowsy. Each dose of gummies contains clinical levels of one of the world’s most popular adaptogens, ashwagandha. RELAX helps you stay level-headed and calm during the day,* while SNOOZE helps you get better sleep with no next-day grogginess.*
Listen, stress isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. (Sorry, just facts.) But with your trusty sidekicks, you can balance the things you love to do AND the things you have to do, while you crush it every day.
Meditation, Mindfulness and Mantras
It’s nearly impossible to overstate the benefits of a regular meditation practice. Even a few minutes a day can have a dramatic effect on your state of mind. In addition to the obvious ones — like feeling more relaxed and less stressed — meditating regularly has been shown to have a number of other benefits. Meditation can reduce feelings of anxiety and depression, increase focus, and promote mental resilience and clarity. Even just one minute a day (seriously!) makes a difference. Even the busiest person you know — even if it’s literally YOU — can find 60 seconds to let go, breathe and recharge.
Headspace is a meditation app you can download right to your phone so you can meditate anytime, anywhere. Even if you’ve never uttered a single “om.” Headspace can help you get allll the benefits of a mindfulness practice. (Try that one-minute meditation right now.)
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.