Strategies for Stress Management


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Stress can be debilitating; anyone with anxiety will tell you this. While people deal with stressors in different ways, our bodies all react quite similarly. You may have heard talk of adrenals, or seen adrenal support tinctures or concoctions for supporting a healthy stress response. This is because your adrenals, which are glands located above each kidney, control specific hormone production. One of these hormones is called "cortisol" and is increased as your body’s response to a stressful environment (3).

Your Body's Stress Response

When you're faced with a stressful situation, your body can’t distinguish the threat of financial insecurity from being chased by a bear, and it creates the same internal environment. This response is supposed to be relatively quick, increasing your blood pressure and making you more alert so you can get out of a potentially perilous situation and then go back about your day. When we worry about things, that cortisol level rises.

When we're chronically worried or anxious, cortisol is in our system for longer than necessary, which can lead to a bulk of health issues. These include a weakened immune system, digestive issues, heart disease, insomnia, depression, skin irritation, and many more (4). This is why it’s incredibly important to have certain strategies in place to help reduce stress in our daily lives. 

Tea Blends and Herbal Remedies for Stress

Adrenal Support Tincture
Adrenal tincture we made this year. Photo by Mackenzie Varney



In our present time, I’m sure everyone is dealing with their own different stressors and maneuvering around obstacles that wouldn’t have existed a month ago. Stress-relieving teas or tinctures are a great ally to have on hand right now. Lavender, chamomile, calendula, motherwort, rose, rosemary, and St. John's wort are all great herbs for relieving stress and tension in the body. Gail Edwards writes that nettles are invaluable at "restoring adrenal function" (1), so if you suffer from chronic stress, a nettle tincture might be a must-have.

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I have recorded a group of 'Songs of Comfort', which can also be of use for reducing stress. They are all on the website http//arenbe.bandcamp.com/, along with another album entitled Lotus Blossom, which is intended for yoga practice. (Are 'N' Be is a duo consisting of Rich Illman on Flugelhorn and Native American Flute and Barbara Freeman on Keyboard.)




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