Stress Management

Adrenal Stress

Unlike our ancestors, you and I live with constant stress, anxiety and depression. Instead of occasional, acute demands followed by rest, you are constantly over-worked, under-nourished, exposed to environmental toxins, worrying about others with no let-up. Your adrenal glands are two tiny pyramid-shaped pieces of tissue situated right above each kidney. Their job is to produce and release, when appropriate, certain regulatory hormones and chemical messengers. With stress and health, you have to go through stress management. For more information on adrenal stress, read Distress: The Negative Stress.

The effects of adrenal dysfunction or adrenal stress can be profound- fatigue and weakness, suppression of the immune system, muscle and bone loss, moodiness or depression, and dozens of other symptoms. In the absence of a 'fight' or 'flight' the body has unnecessarily caused the effects described above, and because of the chronic nature of today's stressful life, the stress reaction is constantly present leading to anxiety and stress and coping stress is becoming difficult.

Every challenge to the mind and body creates a demand on the adrenal glands. And the list of challenges is endless: lack of sleep, a demanding boss, the threat of losing your job, financial pressures, illness or infection, unresolved emotional issues from our past or present and more. The result is adrenal glands that are constantly on high alert making managing stress impossible. Adrenal gland generates the 'fight or flight' response.

The main effect of this response is to increase the blood flow to the muscles, whilst lowering the blood flow to the digestive tract, the skin, the kidneys, the liver and spleen, and to slow down less essential functions such as the immune response and higher brain functions such as concentration and memory. As a result, there is an increase in blood sugar, blood pressure, and the heart rate, as the body gets ready to react.

The good news is that adrenal stress can almost always be relieved. You can always take the help of stress management tips and stress management tools. Stress management products also come in handy at times.