Stress is a normal, unavoidable part of life whether it stems from money, work, family, relationships or some other source. 

While some people like to say that “stressed” is just “desserts” spelled backwards, managing stress isn’t as easy as eating a few cookies. In fact, if you’re trying to just live with the stress and push through the hard times, it isn’t healthy. Chronic stress is associated with poor sleep, a lowered immune response, digestive issues and even excess belly fat. 

Because it’s Stress Awareness Month, we’re sharing favorite ways to relax and better manage stress. Of course, our first tip is to use Suntheanine, a 100% pure form of the amino acid L-theanine, because it promotes relaxation. It increases alpha brain wave activity, the same brain wave activity created when practicing meditation or mindfulness.

If you’re losing sleep over a stressful situation, Suntheanine is worth a try. During this mental health webinar, functional medicine expert Bryce Wylde praised Suntheanine for its ability to help people calm down, focus and get better sleep. 

This is supported by a lot of research, including a study published in Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior looked at the effects of L-theanine on graduate students in high-stress environments. Those who took Suntheanine got more sleep and experienced less anxiety. Their stress enzymes were also reduced. 

Other helpful stress-busting tactics include: 

  • Eat healthfully: Load up on fresh, whole foods and avoid stimulants such as caffeine, alcohol and nicotine.  
  • Exercise regularly: Just 30 minutes of moderate activity, five days a week will have a huge impact. Exercise lowers blood pressure and is a great outlet when stressed. 
  • Get plenty of sleep: It’s almost impossible to deal with stressful situations when you’re tired. Create a bedtime routine that’s calming and technology-free.
  • Step away: Schedule time to focus on yourself. Do something that you enjoy that’s relaxing. Read a book, meditate or take a long walk.     

Getting into a good cycle – one where you sleep well at night and have plenty of energy during the day – is important. Suntheanine helps by promoting daytime relaxation and sleep at night. It can be taken any time, without the daytime drowsiness associated with other stress-relieving supplements.