Image Attribution: © Flickr CC - "Waiting" 2010 by Luz Adrianna Villa A

Image Credit: © Flickr CC – “Waiting”
2010 by Luz Adrianna Villa A

Stress has become a fact of life, and for some, the daily norm. Although occasional stress can help improve our focus and performance, living with chronic stress can backfire by causing anxiety, depression and serious health problems.

Understanding who we are, knowing our major struggles, putting them in perspective, and taking action can help us deal with stress. The following strategies can also improve stress tolerance and help lessen the effects of stress on our health.

Think Positively
“Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into positive,” said Hans Selye, author of the groundbreaking work around stress theory. When optimism is hard to muster, cognitive-behavioral therapy, which trains people to recognize negative thinking patterns and replace them with more constructive ones, can also help reduce the risk of chronic stress and depression.

Enjoy the Warmth of Human Touch

Just as the mind can affect the body, the body can influence the mind. Virginia Satir, a famous American psychotherapist, once said that people need 4 hugs a day to help prevent depression and 8 for psychological stability. While asking for hugs may not work for some, massage can help us relieve stress and reduce anxiety and depression. Massage and muscle work has also been shown to reduce aggression and hostility in violent adolescents, to improve mood and behavior in students with ADHD, and to lead to better sleep and behavior in children with autism.

Massage and muscle work is a large part of chiropractic care and we offer many patients massage and gentle mobilization as opposed to traditional manipulation and adjustments.

Give Exercise a Shot
To get the best of both worlds, affecting the mind through the body while getting into good physical shape, try exercise. In many studies exercise excels other conventional therapies at:

  • stress reduction
  • mood elevation
  • enhance heart and lung function
  • improve balance and posture
  • prevent falls

No matter what stress-relief methods you choose, make it a habit to use them—especially if you feel too stressed out to do it. As someone wise once said, “The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”

There are a host of other techniques to explore including:

  • Aromatherapy
  • Humor
  • Social support systems
  • Music
  • Meditation
  • Contact with nature
  • Tea rather than coffee

To learn about more stress reduction strategies or in getting help employing any of them, contact us at LGCWC.

Credit to ACA: Harnessing Stress

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