There are many causes of stress in our daily lives; work, busy schedule, lack of time, school, deadlines, the list continues.
April is National Stress Month and though there are a lot of stress initiators in life, there are a lot of health repercussions that follow being chronically stressed out.
Everybody deals with occasional stress that can elicit a variety of mental and physical reactions. But while occasional stress is natural and even healthy, chronic or acute stress can be harmful. Here are a few ways to naturally relieve stress.
- Get a massage! Often when we are stressed, our muscles tighten up which can cause soreness, pain, and even subluxations in our spine.
- Take a break. Whether you’re neck deep into a stressful project or overwhelmed with hectic schedules, pause and take a few minutes to do some deep breathing. You can also take a short walk around the office or outside to help clear your head.
- Get some good sleep. Many people get more stressed out when they haven’t gotten a decent nights sleep, so make sure you are getting plenty of sleep every night.
- Set aside some “Me Time”. Take a bubble bath, go for a walk, have a girl’s night, do some yoga, spa day, go golfing, do whatever healthy activity you need to do to help yourself relax and treat yourself!
- Eat healthy. Reduce your environmental stress such as pollutants from your body by getting the right nutrition. Maybe it is even time for a detox to “restart” your body’s system. How we eat is important in handling stress. In fact, poor food choices themselves are a stress to our bodies.
- Workout! Exercise can bring remarkable changes to your body, your metabolism, your heart, and your spirits. It has a unique capacity to exhilarate and relax, to provide stimulation and calm, to counter depression and dissipate stress.
- See your chiropractor! Chiropractic care is a great solution to help manage stress. After all, chiropractic care focuses on the spine, which is the root of the nervous system especially the sympathetic nervous system. One common effect of too much stress is muscle tension and contraction. This imbalance in the body can cause pressure on the skeletal joints causing pain and dysfunction. The nerves of the spine control your digestion, heart rate, muscle relaxation and so much more. A chiropractic adjustment can help balance and ease muscle tension, reduce headaches and some studies show reducing high blood pressure.
If you can’t seem to find some balance, ask your chiropractor what you can do for stress and what are factors of your life that hinder your body’s ability to heal!