Managing Stress in Today's Crazy World

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Online, via Zoom (a link will be sent separately upon registration):

This 3-session Stress Management seminar series will:


  • Identify your current stressors and explore possible ways to reduce negative physical effects
  • Discover behavioral and dietary choices that lead to a feeling of wellness
  • Discuss common, safe herbs to support vital body functions 
  • Gain practical knowledge for managing stress to immediately begin to incorporate into your disrupted life.


Session 1:  Introduction to Stress, 5/13/20


This interactive discussion will facilitate the discovery of what causes stress in each of our lives - particularly in light of the pandemic.  We will begin to observe how our bodies react in the presence of stress.  We will learn simple breathing exercises that can be employed anywhere to alleciate acute stress in the moment.  I will offer suggestions of off-the-shelf calming teas you can get right in your grocery store.


Session 2:  Stress & Hormones, Stress & Immunity, 5/20/20

Session 2 begins to delve into the physiological response to stress as it affects hormones, specifically the ‘fight-or-flight’ response hormones.  Chronic stress can also have a negative impact on the immune system, resulting in increased susceptibility to illness.  We will explore potential damage in the body when this hormone cascade is chronically upregulated, strategies for strengthening the immune system, and some stress-busting herbs that support the body in managing stress more effectively.  I will demonstrate how to make tasty "herb balls" out of these herbs in powder form.


Session 3:  Stress & Digestion, Stress & Cardiovascular, 5/27/20

Ever have ‘butterflies in your stomach’ or a ‘racing heart’?  Stress can directly affect your

digestion and cardiovascular health, sometimes to dire consequences such as irritable bowel syndrome, hypertension, and even heart attack.  In addition to exploring the physiology of stress in these two body systems, this participatory session gets you moving right in your seat with simple 'deskercise' movements to exercise your heart and release stress-busting hormones.  We will cover digestion-friendly probiotics, heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, digestive bitters, and heart-healthy herbs.


Donna Koczaja

Clinical Herbalist Donna Koczaja, M.S., RH(AHG) graduated from Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia Institute) with a Master of Science in Therapeutic Herbalism and a Post-Master's Certificate in Clinical Herbalism. She earned Registered Herbalist status from the American Herbalists’ Guild in 2018. Originally educated as a mechanical engineer, she combines the rigor of her original scientific training with the traditional healing art of herbal medicine to partner with her clients to uncover the root cause of their underlying health issues. Also a Master Gardener since 2008, her primary interest is in inspiring others to improve their health and sense of wellbeing through the joys of gardening and the power of natural medicine. Donna currently practices at the MUIH Natural Care Center in Laurel, Maryland and also does virtual consultations. Read more about her, what she does, and why she does it at, or contact her directly at or 240-353-8754.

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