How To Prevent The Let-Down Effect From Stress

How To Prevent The Let-Down Effect From Stress

Students, parents, and full-time workers,

Have you ever worked so hard, been so overly productive for a long period of time, and been so high on adrenaline…

…and then the minute you stopped you just crashed, and were in bed with an illness?

You are not alone. The Let-Down effect can affect anyone at any time, but usually hit people during the Christmas holidays, and summer holidays.

Let’s discuss the Let-Down effect and explore ways to prevent and overcome this effect.

  Suzy ReadingCannabotech Psychology Expert

What Is The Let-Down Effect?

The Let-Down effect is when someone comes down with an illness right after they relax following a period of intense stress and adrenaline. This is your body’s natural immune response to relaxing after a high period of stress, and is very common in people, especially right after exam week at school, or during the holiday time.

The most common symptoms may be headaches, stomach issues, flu-like symptoms, or acne breakouts. All are a response to having been on an adrenaline high and then allowing this adrenaline to subsidize after a period of time.

It’s the equivalent of going on a 5-minute sprint, and then suddenly stopping immediately. You will get disoriented, and be completely worn out, and it won’t be good for your body.

The Let-Down effect is a sign that your immune system is weakened and that you haven’t been taking good enough care of your body. This usually happens after not getting enough sleep, and being constantly stressed for a long period of time.

Why Does The Let-Down Effect Occur?

During high periods of stress, your body is usually able to protect itself from getting sick due to the high levels of adrenaline that are being produced. However, once you finally relax and let the adrenaline rush settle, your immune system will be weakened and that’s when you are likely to get sick.

Being stressed has direct consequences to your sleeping pattern. If you are stressed, you won’t be able to reach that deep level of sleep you should reach each night. This lack of sleep has a direct impact on your immune system. Sleep deprivation weakens your immune system, and will make you more vulnerable to catching illnesses.

So, when you finally relax and your adrenaline stops pumping, your immune system will be weak, and you will get sick quickly as a result of this Let-Down effect.

Might There Be Another Reason Why I Am Sick During The Holidays?

Absolutely, as most people fall sick during the Christmas holidays, this may well be due to the Let-Down effect, but it may also be because of the drop in temperature.

When you are forced to stay inside, especially during the winter when there is low humidity in the air, you are more likely to be coming into contact with people who are sick. Furthermore, viruses linger in the air longer when there is less humidity.

Or perhaps you caught something on the plane when you were on the way to your holiday destination.

There are some other possibilities about why you got sick after a high period of stress, but the Let-Down effect is one of the most common reasons.

How To Prevent Yourself From Reaching An Adrenaline Let-Down

The Let-Down effect isn’t enjoyable and may take you several days or even weeks to recover depending on what illness you catch.

But there are several things you can do to prevent yourself from reaching this point:

Manage Your Stress Levels

Try and keep your stress levels under control, especially right before you are planning to take some time off work.

Coming up with a routine and a positive mindset that you can maintain during periods of intense projects and deadlines will help you keep your stress levels under control.

Practicing meditation, prioritising, and being organised will also help you to stay on top of your work, so you can avoid getting overwhelmed.

Get Enough Sleep

Always ensure you are getting enough hours of sleep each night. The short and long-term effects of lack of sleep lead to an inability to focus, increased levels of stress, a weakened immune system, and increased levels of anxiety and depression.

If you are wanting to be healthy and strong, something as simple as getting enough sleep each night will help you maintain a healthy immune system, and keep your stress and anxiety levels down.

Spend Some Time Away From Work

Take time off regularly from your computer. Weekends, evenings, and even lunch breaks should be time to rejuvenate and focus on something else, so you aren’t being overworked.

A change of scenery can help boost your mindset dramatically as well, helping you to reduce your stress levels and see the bigger picture of your work stress.

Include CBD Oil And Functional Mushrooms To Your Daily Routine

CBD oil and functional mushrooms have been used for centuries in Asia to help maintain stress levels.

CBD oil has cannabinoids that are similar to the cannabinoids in your Endocannabinoid system. This system is responsible for maintaining all physiological effects such as mood levels, stress levels, sleeping patterns, etc.

The cannabinoids in CBD oil have been proven to interact with your Endocannabinoid system, which can help you to balance your stress levels.

Functional mushrooms, such as Reishi mushrooms, have been proven to simultaneously boost your immune system and reduce stress levels. Packed with antioxidants, functional mushrooms are naturally rich in anti-stress and immune-boosting properties.

Relax supplement drops can be taken daily to maintain stress levels during periods of high adrenaline.

If You Are Hit With The Let-Down Effect, Here Is What To Do

Boost Your Immune System With Immune-Boosting Supplements

You should aim to boost your immune system right away with immune-boosting formulas. Taking Immune supplement drops or tablets that are packed with CBD oil and functional mushrooms will give you instant support when you most need it.

Avoid Dairy, Sugar And Processed Foods

Dairy, sugar, and processed foods should be avoided at all costs, while you are sick. They provide no nutritional value and may even make you worse.

Stick to fresh food, soups, and liquids. Make sure that you keep eating even when you don’t feel like it.

Get Enough Rest

While you sleep, your body will have the time to rest and recover. Getting enough deep sleep is incredibly important.

If you struggle with falling asleep due to your symptoms, taking some Beauty Sleep drops an hour before bed will help you sleep more efficiently.

You are likely to be low on sleep as well, so sleeping enough will allow you to catch up on the missed hours.


“Try five minutes of ‘legs up the wall’ yoga pose as a daily restorative practice. Take a seat with your side facing the wall or closed door where you will be undisturbed. Lie onto your back and swing your legs up so that the whole length of your leg is supported by the wall. Maximise your comfort with a pillow beneath your head and blanket for warmth; lie back, giving yourself permission to switch off. The elevation of the legs redistributes the blood flow to the vital organs, making this pose deeply replenishing - perfect for coping with the let down effect and for pacing yourself to avoid it in the future”. - Suzy Reading, Cannabotech Psychology Expert

Speak To Your GP If Symptoms Get Worse

Give your body the time to rest and recover. Most of the time, you need to boost your immune system, get enough deep sleep, and fully relax.

If your symptoms get worse after you have tried all of this, speak to your GP to get professional advice. You know your body the best, if you feel like something is up then getting a doctor's opinion should always be considered.

Don’t Let The Let-Down Effect Take Control Of Your Time Away From Work

Time away from work should be time spent with your friends and family. Don’t let the Let-Down effect confine you to your bed or couch for that entire time.

Learn how to prevent the Let-Down effect and balance your stress levels during your work time, so you can enjoy your time away from work to the fullest.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Let-Down Effect?

The Let-Down effect is when you come down with an illness right after a period of intense stress and adrenaline. This is your body’s natural immune response and is very common in people, especially right after exam week at school, or during the holiday time.

How Can I Avoid The Let-Down Effect?

Managing your stress levels, boosting your immune system, and getting enough deep sleep during periods of intense work is key to avoiding the Let-Down effect. Taking CBD oil-based supplements by Cannabotech is a highly effective way to balance these 3 areas, and look after yourself.

What Shall I Do If I Reach An Adrenaline Let-Down?

Make sure you boost your immune system, get enough rest, and fully relax during the day. The MY BEING Triple System contains CBD oil and functional mushroom-based supplements to address these 3 areas of concern.

Bea Lyus

Bea Lyus is an experienced Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist. She is a member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT), the regulatory body for Nutritional Therapists and is registered by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).