Black women are often praised for our resilience. However, under the “strong, Black woman” trope, many are struggling and neglecting our mental, physical, and spiritual health.
Here at Love You Collective, we say no to this harmful stereotype! We are committed to equipping Black women with the information and resources we need to take back control over our lives, starting with reducing our cortisol levels through natural supplementation!
The Effects of Stress
The primary hormone responsible for the “stressful” state of being is cortisol, a crucial chemical in our regulatory system. However, the stressors affecting Black women cause the cortisol hormone to be elevated more often than not, keeping us in a perpetual fight-flight-freeze mode. (To read more about the negative effects of stress, check out our most recent blog post here).
So, What Can I Do to Lower My Stress?
Natural supplements like ashwagandha and melatonin (when coupled with a healthy diet, exercise, and a balanced lifestyle) have been shown to work wonders for reducing your stress levels in a natural way.
Ashwagandha is a traditional herbal supplement classified as an adaptogen, or a substance that can combat stress and anxiety. According to Healthline.com, research implicates the herbal supplement (which grows in the Middle East, parts of Africa, and India) with reduced cortisol levels, anxiety, and insomnia.
Melatonin, contrary to popular belief, is not just a “sleeping pill.” When you take melatonin, you are effectively regulating the balance of melatonin vs. cortisol in your system, which is often disrupted by many things in our everyday life like consuming caffeine, staring at screens, and irregular sleeping habits.
Natural supplementation can be incorporated into almost any lifestyle and is just one of the many ways you can achieve the preservation of your true and authentic self.