Stress is as much a factor to manage in everyday life, as are meal plans and healthy eating. There exists a variety of tips, tools, and resources to better cope and manage stress. Endless. Finding one that works for you will be a big part to achieving wellness and fulfillment from life. And, subsequently, having resilience when those methods stop working or when unexpected circumstances cause your body to react differently, is something that must be fostered by will and discipline. This resilience will help you get back on track. And the first step to mastering resilience, is to understand very well both your body and mind, and your emotional reactivity to circumstances. While emotional expression is key to releasing suppression, the flood of emotions for too long may eventually cause congestion, and more importantly, back-up or stagnation in a part of your life that you cannot seem to resolve, contributing to stress.
When the body and mind seem unable to cope with stress, I start to look at what in nature can help. Nature’s pharmacy is huge! Limitless…. One example that comes to mind is Rhodiola rosea. This herb has particular stress-coping effects on the mind and emotions. It is calming, and research studies demonstrate that Rhodiola improves cognition, memory, and mental clarity in times of stress. This is particularly the case for students. In clinical practice, Rhodiola appears to help in particular women with anxiety from underlying anger. Rhodiola also appears to reduce inflammation post-exercise, and so may have anti-oxidant properties and improve exercise performance. The adaptogenic, or stress-modifying action, may partially be explained pharmacologically by increasing serotonin and beta-endorphins, and by reducing cortisol. Because of this, it is important to talk to your health care provider before taking Rhodiola if you are taking anti-depressant, anxyolitic, or hormone therapy.
There are many different avenues to take for stress-management. The first one my list – no big surprise – the most natural of all…. breathing!! Conscious awareness and reminders to care for the self, and be present. After that, there is always the basic of naturopathic medicine which include dietary and nutrtional support, botanical medicines, and homeopathy.