Stress is a part of life. We can’t avoid it altogether, but we CAN control how we respond to it! In this blog, we will be exploring the effects of stress on the mind and body and what you can do to avoid and react positively to the stresses in your life.
Stress symptoms can affect every aspect of your life, without you realizing it. Sometimes stress manifests itself in symptoms of other illnesses. Stress symptoms can often be mistaken for illnesses like a cold, flu or other common seasonal sickness (and sometimes can actually lead to common illnesses!). If you can’t seem to get rid of insomnia or that nagging headache, you could be experiencing the physical effects of stress. An excessive amount or prolonged period of stress can lead to decreased productivity at the office or a ’space-case’ feeling in social situations as it leaves you unable to focus your thoughts. Stress can affect your thoughts, feelings and behaviors in addition to the physical effects of stress. Left untreated, stress can lead to conditions including heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes.
Here’s the breakdown:
Negative Event = Stress
Stress = Headaches and Muscle Tension.
Headaches and Muscle Tension = Restless Sleep
Restless Sleep = Exhaustion
Exhaustion = Immune System Weakness
Immune System Weakness = Illness
Illness = MORE Stress
And the cycle begins again, though it never really heals and begins to stack on top of the previous cycle.
Not as impossible as it sounds, believe it or not. There are several ways we put ourselves right in the pathway of destructive stress. Even small triggers add up over time. To avoid basic nagging stress, waking up just 15 minutes earlier can either leave you with more time to make it to work or allow you to change your route to avoid that traffic you always get stuck in 5 minutes before. If the day starts out stressful, think of how that will affect your attitude towards the rest of the day! Another simple way to avoid stress is to make sure you’re not skipping meals. There’s a funny term floating around called ‘hangry’, a combination of hungry and angry. Although it’s often joked about, it’s a real thing! Stock a desk drawer at the office with protein bars and healthy snacks to keep your energy up through the high stress hours at the office. Being tired or hungry makes everything seem just a little worse.
Some stress just can’t be avoided.
While some simple stresses can be avoided, some cannot. While we can’t control some major stress in our lives, we CAN control how we respond to it. Illness or death in the family, change in employment, even vehicle or house repairs can send us spinning wildly downhill. Things happen in life that we can’t control but using some simple de-stressing techniques can make a profound difference in our ability to manage it!
Taking steps to manage your stress can have numerous health benefits. Everyone deals with stress in a different way and there are plenty of options for stress management to explore:
When all else fails.
Sometimes stress can’t be handled with meditation or yoga. If you’re taking steps to avoid stress and your symptoms continue, contact your chiropractor. A chiropractor can check for other potential causes. As always, Woods Chiropractic offers chiropractic adjustments, massage and wellness programs to help you combat stress!
Woods Chiropractic… because adjusting is a part of life.
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Indianapolis, IN 46240