The team at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne share their tips on how to reduce and manage stress.
The spine and posture are important factors in the ability of the body to cope with stress. In fact, a healthy spine and nervous system can help to manage stress more effectively.
Everyone experiences stress on a daily basis due to the modern world that we live in, and the increase in demand for our time and attention. Stress, in its negative sense can be defined as an imbalance of the bodily system(s) due to excessive stimulus, that upsets normal functioning and disturbs mental or physical health.
The most common symptoms of stress include headaches, backaches and fatigue, as well as cardiovascular disorders (high blood pressure) digestive problems and sleeping difficulties.
At Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne, the chiropractors and massage therapists tailor treatment to get to the root of each individual’s problem
Tips on managing stress
- Recognise Stress – Acknowledging the fact that the reason that you are feeling under the weather may be a reaction to too much pressure. Know yourself and your limits.
- Set Priorities – Examine what in your life is causing stress. What can be changed to help you introduce a better balance between work, social life and home life? Set priorities each day (no more than 3, to avoid feeling overwhelmed) and make a separate list for long term things to be addressed.
- Learn to say “No” – This is not a sign of weakness. It is easy to say ‘yes’ and difficult to say ‘no’ but in the long run, doing less will benefit everyone in your life.
Learn to Relax:
- Yoga – yoga can be effective in reducing stress and anxiety, lowering blood pressure and heart rate. The concept behind all relaxation therapies is the relationship between mind and body; when the mind is restless and agitated the health of the body will be affected
- Meditation – this can be extremely effective in that it slows the breathing rate, increases oxygen consumption, creates a relaxed brain rhythm and increases blood flow.
- Exercise – make time to exercise regularly. Not only is it good for your health but exercise can also make you feel good too. Exercise decreases the stress hormones, such as cortisol, and increases endorphins which are the body’s natural feel good chemicals.
- Diet – avoid caffeine and food additives. Reinvigorate your diet and gradually introduce healthy fresh whole foods to your daily intake.
- Sleep – sleep is an important resource that keeps you healthy, mentally sharp and able to cope with stress more effectively. Make sure that you stop doing mentally demanding work several hours before going to bed. This gives your brain time to calm down before you try to sleep. Try reading a calming, undemanding book for a few minutes to relax your body, tire your eyes and help you forget about the things that are worrying you.
- Indulge yourself – If you are unable to take time off work, or don’t have the resources for a holiday, then find a way to indulge yourself. Spend a little extra money on a luxury item, even if it is a more expensive shampoo or bubble-bath than you would usually buy. Set aside time each day for yourself even if it is just 10 minutes.
- Confide in someone – don’t keep emotions bottled up. A well-known saying is ‘A problem shared is a problem halved.’
Focus on the positive aspects of your life.
A previous colleague , a psychotherapist, at Lushington Chiropractic says; “Most of the time we cope very well in spite of incredible stresses. At other times even the simplest request feels impossible. From time to time each of us may experience problems and difficulties which we feel unable to resolve. Having the opportunity to explore them with another person may help a great deal”
Visit www.chirocare.co.uk for further information and advice or call us on 01323 722499
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