What Is Anxiety And How Does It Impact Us?

Anxiety is a normal reaction to a stressful situation. It is experienced as feelings of fear, uneasiness or dread. For example, you might feel anxious when faced with a difficult problem at work, before taking a test, or before making an important decision. Stress & anxiety in such situations help us cope. They give us a boost of energy or help us focus.

Can anxiety be good?

From an evolutionary standpoint, anxiety is meant to help us survive dangerous or threatful situations. Back in the days of the cave people, anxiety helped them save themselves from physical danger. For example, keeping themselves safe from wild animals!

Under a threatful situation, our sympathetic nervous system (SNS) is triggered. SNS is a network of nerves that controls our “fight or flight” response. When we’re faced with danger (physical or otherwise), it prepares our body to fight the stressor, or flee from the situation. Our body starts pumping out stress hormones - cortisol and adrenaline, which put our body into gear.

How does anxiety show up physically?

  • Heart: Heart rate increases to improve the delivery of oxygen to all body parts.
  • Digestive tract: Digestion is slowed down so its energy could be diverted to other parts of the body.
  • Skin: Blood flow to muscles, brain, legs and arms is increased and flow to the surface areas of the body is reduced, resulting in pale or flushed skin.
  • Muscles: Muscles become tense and primed for action, resulting in trembling or shaking.
  • We can only remain in this heightened state for a few minutes. When our bodies' energy starts to deplete, the parasympathetic nervous system brings it back to its normal state, or equilibrium.

    When does anxiety become bad?

    Adrenaline and cortisol, the hormones that prepare our body to fight or flee, are only needed in short bursts. When we don’t manage our stress and anxiety by bringing ourselves to a state of mental calmness, they can wreak havoc on our regular physical and mental functioning like digestion, immunity and concentration. Constantly being in fight or flight mode can put us at risk of serious health problems like chronic fatigue, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, among others.

    What is Ausum’s solution for anxiety relief?

    88% of people in urban India report struggling with anxiety. (Indian Express, 2020)

    Stress and anxiety make up for 70% of rising mental health issues across both women and men (CIIE X Healthark). Just because it’s common, doesn’t mean it can be normalized.

    Anxiety is a serious issue so it cannot be corrected with generic and untested solutions. To see real results, we need a scientific and validated approach. 

    In our search for potent, powerful and plant-based solutions to manage anxiety, we found Tulsi. In the plant kingdom, Tulsi is considered the best tonic for the body, mind and spirit. Tulsi’s anxiety-relieving and adaptogenic properties are a tiny portion of the whole plant. These actives are scientifically extracted and tested for efficacy. As seen in clinical studies conducted with medical professionals, 1000 mg of these actives are a daily must to lower general anxiety, improve memory and cognitive ability. Continuous consumption of 1000mg Tulsi actives for 6 weeks results in a 20% reduction in anxiety.

    The Ausum ‘Calm’ range is supercharged with proprietary Tulsi actives that make anxiety relief simple and effortless. Our daily recommended dosage of 1000mg Tulsi actives is fortified into 2 teabags. 2 cups a day, paired with a nutritional diet and healthy lifestyle reap maximum benefits.

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