Stress Pt. 1: How We Experience Stress in 2023

In small amounts, stress can be surprisingly beneficial (we’ll get to that later).

Yet, with ever-demanding everyday lives, stress can quickly build up to be something that’s hardly manageable.

As “normal” as it may have become, we need to make sure that dealing with it becomes just as apparent – which is also why we’ll be talking about stress today. 

In Part One, we’ll define what stress is and the modern-day factors we’re dealing with today. In Part Two, we’ll see what CBD science has to say about CBD’s ability to deal with stress and any stress-related disorders (click here to skip ahead). 

Stress, Scientifically Explained

First, let’s pin down how science explains stress.

Stress is a complex and dynamic response that can be triggered by various internal or external stimuli, commonly referred to as stressors. When we encounter a stressor, our body initiates the “fight or flight” response, an evolutionary survival mechanism that prepares us to either confront the threat or flee from it.

When we go into this response mode, our adrenal glands release cortisol, often known as the “stress hormone”. Cortisol plays a significant role in controlling different things happening inside our bodies, like how we use energy, how our immune system responds, and even our blood pressure and sleep patterns.

So, stress – in small amounts – can be a pretty good thing for us. Hermetic stress refers to the idea that controlled exposure to manageable amounts of stress, can be beneficial for an organism’s overall well-being. Think of it like a workout for our stress response system. Just as lifting weights helps muscles grow stronger, experiencing mild stress in a controlled way can make our stress response better at handling future challenges.

However, chronic exposure to stress can lead to elevated cortisol levels, disrupting the body’s natural balance and causing a range of health problems such as impaired cognitive function, weakened immune system, digestive issues, increased blood pressure and an increased risk of developing chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and depression. 

When reaching such excessive levels, stress-related disorders can also manifest and may include symptoms such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), adjustment disorders and others. These can have a significant impact on a person’s emotional well-being, cognitive function and overall quality of life.

What’s Different About Stress Today?

Stress has always “been around”, but the environment and social circumstances in which we experience stress are constantly changing.

The World Health Organization (WHO) identified stress as the “health epidemic of the 21st century.” as stress-related disorders are among the leading causes of disability worldwide.

Today, most stressors still come through work, relationships or in the form of health and financial worries, but a major difference is technology – something that has almost introduced a new “pace” to our stress. While it has brought a lot of efficiency to our lives, work and relationships are now also entangled with the overwhelming side of technology like being constantly available and responsive. This can lead to a specific form of stress that’s been popularly termed “technostress.”

The pandemic has also had a significant impact on our stress levels where almost 67 percent reported experiencing higher levels of stress since the COVID-19 outbreak. Not to mention the social isolation and concerns about health and job security, being at home for extended periods also meant we were more likely to spend time online and be exposed to “catastrophic” news streams, fueling stress.

Concerns about climate change and environmental degradation have also become stressors for many individuals. The fear of a changing world and its impact on future generations can lead to “eco-anxiety”.

Finally, we wanted to point out some interesting gender differences in stress. According to the World Economic Forum, women are four times more likely to report experiencing stress than men. This higher percentage might also be attributed to the fact that men are less likely to express or report their stresses, but also to the higher expectations that are set on women’s caregiving responsibilities, as well as societal pressures related to appearance and body image.

How Can We Manage Stress in Today’s Environment?

Stress has almost become an inevitable part of modern life, affecting people from all walks of life. Whether it’s caused by work pressures, personal relationships or financial worries, we must take prolonged exposure to stress seriously as it can have a detrimental impact on our physical and mental well-being. 

As it’s becoming more and more prevalent, we need to incorporate more stress management initiatives into our societies. It’s even being recognised and introduced in primary schools. It’s also important for us to educate ourselves about it – and that starts with being more open about it. 

Understanding and addressing these modern-day factors shaping stress is crucial to promoting mental and emotional well-being. It underscores the importance of cultivating healthy coping strategies, seeking support, and finding ways to navigate the challenges of contemporary life in a balanced and resilient manner.

Now that we raised some insights into the situation we’re dealing with, we will highlight what CBD could do to assist in this by digging into the science of it.

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