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Stress Effects & Solutions

I’ve always thought of myself as someone who deals well with stress.  I try to be aware of what triggers my stress levels, take time to practice self-care, and live in the moment. I try not worry about what tomorrow might bring.  Regardless of this awareness, it’s unrealistic to believe that I will never experience stress. It’s a natural reaction to life experiences.

I believe it’s important to reduce the stress triggers where you can, especially the repeating ones (the ones you can DO something about!) Understanding what stress does to your body helps you be able to manage the recovery of it better.

Recently I have been experiencing some stressful moments in my life, as we plan for our store relocation. I am very aware of how it is affecting my body.  Stress induced eczema, sleeping trouble, muscle tension, and headaches are a few of my bodily reactions.

When we are having a stressful experience, our brain tells our body to release hormones that trigger your body’s “fight or flight” response.  This release is supposed to assist us in processing the stress and help us react to it.  Unfortunately, when those hormones keep firing out, it can start to really have an affect on our health.  Above are some of the responses my body has had to my stress, but there can be even more serious conditions like weakened immune system, high blood pressure, digestive trouble and it could even affect the reproductive system.

So let’s talk about some simple ways to manage stress as it’s happening, so we don’t tax our bodies to the point of a serious health issue.

One of the simplest ways start calming our nervous system is by taking nice, deep cleansing breaths –  really deep (down to your belly) slow breaths!  Practice doing this throughout the day (it takes seconds and feels so good!) Close your eyes as you do, and if it helps-add in a mental image of a beautiful beach, trees blowing, or whatever helps you experience calmness.  I find listening to ocean sounds so soothing and can immediately feel those “good”/happy hormones being released.  For others, exercise really gets the serotonin flowing. Try dancing away that stress, move your body and shake it out! What about a good belly laugh? I think we can all recall a laughing fit and how amazing that felt! It makes me smile just thinking about it! All of these release endorphins (a natural pain-killer and stress eraser).

A couple other things that I have been using to get me through my stressful period are Bach Remedies, Four Sigmatic Reishi, and my very favourite-OM Shantea from Hollow Reed Holistic.

The Bach Rescue Remedies are available in spray, drops that you add to water, or candy-like pastilles. It is a mixture of 5 different Bach flower remedies created by Dr. Bach to deal with emergencies and crises. They help us get through any stressful situation. From last-minute exam or interview nerves, to the aftermath of an accident or bad news. The response this remedy creates is an emotional one, not a physical one. You just all of a sudden realize you’re not feeling that stress.

Reishi mushroom is probably the most researched of medicinal mushrooms, and is considered a longevity herb. Reishi is an adaptogen (assists the body in adapting to stressful conditions).  It basically tells your body to relax and calm down.  It is beneficial for our cardiovascular system and keeping our immunity strong.  I love that Four Sigmatic has created some amazing mushroom elixirs, including reishi, that you simply add hot water to and enjoy the benefits they offer.

Om Shantea tea is made locally in Winnipeg by Hollow Reed Holistic. It has been my personal favourite since master herbalist, Chad Cornell, first served me a cup!  A combination of skullcap, gotu kola, holy basil, and oatstraw create a blend that leaves your body and mind with an overall feeling of calm.

Life can be busy, stressful, and challenging at times so the need for self-care, self-love with a splash of fun and laughter are most important!  Find what works for you and do lots of that!

 

Meet The Maker – Chad Cornell of Hollow Reed Holistic

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Chad Cornell – Hollow Reed Holistic

Having long been a fan of Chad Cornell and what he was doing for Winnipeg folks,  we were excited when the opportunity arose to offer our customers his amazing blends of organic teas.  Chad is our Manitoba maker being featured this month!

What inspired you to start creating tea blends?

I love tea, not just the taste of tea but the health benefits also.  When I opened Hollow Reed Holistic back in 2005, I had many people coming in with specific requests and needs.  Out of this came our unique selection of enjoyable and therapeutic tea blends.

Which tea is your personal favourite?

Even though I’m surrounded daily by a lot of different tea options I really love a good old-fashioned Peppermint tea which is also the main ingredient in the Manitoba Wilderness Tea – organic of course.  I find it uplifting yet relaxing, it’s great for digestion and a potent anti-viral.   My favourite tea blend by far is the Om Shantea blend which I find gives me strength, clarity, and a feeling of calm all at the same time.

What’s different about Hollow Reed tea?

I think it’s that we genuinely care about what we are offering and people can sense that.  Our teas are also pure – organic, fresh, and effective in helping people on their journey to health and vitality.  We don’t add any weird artificial flavours or colours that you often find in many other teas.  They are also not made and bagged up in a factory somewhere, we hand blend them here in Winnipeg and package them ourselves.   They have also been designed by a trained Master Herbalist, myself, which I think really helps – they work and they taste good!

What is your favourite way/time to enjoy tea?

I love my tea before bedtime with a book.  However, I would have to say that I really benefit from drinking tea while I do private consultations with people.  For this I prefer the Om Shantea or the Wize One because they both have the Indian herb Gotu Kola in them which supports a calm and clear mind.

What’s the biggest challenge you faced in creating your product?

I think our biggest challenge has been that our goal is to keep our product high in quality but low in price.  However with the cost of shipping and our desire to pay local harvesters a good dollar for their efforts it’s not always easy.  Fortunately we have found a market that shares the same value system as us – and the same commitment to quality.

What’s your favourite thing about Manitoba?

Hands down it’s the Boreal Forest and the people.  I was born in the Canadian Shield and feel like it’s in my blood.  I lived on the West Coast for years but much of the time I longed for the Boreal Forest and the ancient shield rock.  We have an incredible diversity of medicinal plants here as well as an amazing diversity of people and cultures.  It’s really special, and I think more people are beginning to realize that.

You can find Hollow Reed organic teas at Generation now.