Some of us just can’t seem to shake sadness. We offer a potential reason you could be feeling low, and how to address it!
Life is filled with up’s down’s, and all of us will experience challenging periods of grief and loss that force us to confront the uncomfortable emotion of sadness.
But for some of us, sadness doesn’t seem to go away. It lingers in our mind, even without a seemingly rational reason for sticking around.
If your life is going well… Why is it that you still seem to feel so sad?
It may feel like there’s no reason for your melancholy mood, but we’d like to present one to you.
The reason could be stress.
You may look at that word and immediately scoff. “It can’t be stress. Stress may make you irritable, or leave you with a headache… but it doesn’t make you sad.”
This is the assumption of many people, but it’s actually quite inaccurate. Stress has many odd disguises. It can express itself as brain fog, insomnia, and even sugar cravings.
For some of us, it can leave us feeling anxious or sad for no apparent reason.
This is driven by the stressor's relationship to your neurotransmitters.
Prolonged periods of stress, also known as chronic stress, can lead to elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
But as these numbers go up, we also see other important hormone numbers go down, namely serotonin and dopamine.
Both of these neurotransmitters play an immense role in our emotional wellbeing.
Serotonin is largely responsible for allowing us to experience emotions such as happiness and joy, while dopamine has a lot of control over our experiences of pleasure and reward.
If feelings of melancholy and hopelessness are getting in the way of you feeling the joy that life has to offer, it’s time to take action.
Let us be clear: we cannot stop you from ever experiencing sadness, or being stressed out. They are part of the life experience.
What we can do is help you resist the levels of chronic stress that could be keeping you in a state of melancholy!
That’s why In•Joy™ is built on a foundation of schisandra and holy basil! These herbs have adaptogenic capabilities that help your body resist the negative effects of chronic stress.
Simply put, it stops stress from pulling the trigger on your sadness!
Stress is robbing you of joy’s foundation… neurotransmitters. We’re giving them back to you.
This formula supplies various B vitamins which are the necessary building blocks for serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine.
Various studies have also suggested that low levels of folic acid and B12 correlate to higher levels of depression.
Research has also suggested a link between Vitamin D deficiency and depression, so we include a good helping of the “sunshine vitamin” in our formula!
When we’re feeling sad or hopeless, it can be so difficult to find the motivation to keep moving forward.
That’s why we made it a priority to include 5-HTP and L-Tyrosine, precursors to neurotransmitters that help us experience feelings of motivation and enthusiasm.