Has 2021 felt a little…well, like 2020? Perhaps those “arghh!!” moments are still piling up, the result of all that remote working, bored kids stuck at home and social distancing?
Most of us could agree that things are little tense right now and if we’re being really honest, it’s been like that for the last 18 months or more. A pandemic that won’t seem to end has added a bunch of psychosocial stressors to already-hectic lives and while there is some light at the end of the tunnel, it’s not going to be a quick fix anytime soon. We’ll just have to adapt to a ‘new normal’, including how to manage the usual things that stress us out every year pandemic or not. Xmas shopping anyone?
So what can help? Well, we’ll skip the usual ‘take time out, exercise and eat better’ lectures because chances are if you’ve been feeling stressed for a while you’ll already have your own everyday tricks to manage stress better. Let’s get to something a little more tangible that you’ll have no excuse not to add to your de-stress routine – Ashwagandha.
Used for thousands of years throughout Asia and Africa, Ashwagandha is an evergreen shrub custom made for stress support. The roots are believed to have adaptogenic properties which means they help the body ‘adapt’ to stress, supporting natural stress responses when feelings threaten to overwhelm you day or night. Not only that but it also supports energy, mental focus and clarity – perfect when the pressure’s on and you need to think clearly and calmly.
Ashwagandha has been in New Zealand for a while now, with various ashwagandha products available. For the most part their quality is very high. However, the one thing the vast majority don’t have is KSM-66 ashwagandha. KSM-66 is a unique extraction process developed in India that produces an unusually high concentration of ashwagandha extract. No alcohol or solvents are used in the process, leading many to believe it provides the purest form of ashwagandha possible.
If you’re interested in Ashwagandha, and in particular KSM-66, you can’t go past Stress Shield from ashwagandha pioneers Radiance. It comes in capsule form and all you do is take two a day to feel supported. You’ll find it in health stores and pharmacies and now in supermarkets. Click here to learn more.
Of course, if you’re looking for something more immediate in action, we suggest Radiance Instant Calm. This on-the-run spray formula is taken at moments of stress for instant support. It’s made up of three herbs – Ashwagandha, lemon balm and kava. Lemon balm is a soothing herb that also supports digestion while kava not only supports the nervous system but aids muscle relaxation. Keep Radiance Instant Calm in your handbag, glovebox or desk drawer for moments when you quickly need that extra focus and feelings of calm. You can find out more about Radiance Instant Calm here.