Supplied by: Victoria Point Chiropractic
Stress can affect us all and be a significant cause of mental and physical dysfunction. Adults and children are increasingly feeling stressed during this unpredictable time where Covid -19 is driving rapid change on the way we live, work and play.
Stress is difficult to define because of its varied symptoms and experience for everyone. For example, a roller-coaster ride can cause anxiety for some but pleasure for others. The term stress, as currently used, is the non-specific response of the body to any demand for change. Many life events or tasks are not stressful because resources are available to complete them without difficulty. Good stress known as eustress is advantageous when it motivates or increases productivity. Stress is detrimental when an individual is unable to negate stressors, be they: physical, chemical or emotional.
During stress, emotional and physical pathological symptoms can be experienced including muscle tightness, stomach irritation, constipation, diarrhoea, sleep disorders, reduced concentration, irritability, reduced energy, headaches, neck pain, back pain, chest pain, heartburn, palpitations, increased blood pressure, hormonal and skin changes, weight alterations, depression and anxiety. Persistent stress can contribute to disease, including heart attacks, stroke, kidney disease, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome and arthritis.
Use your chiropractor, massage therapist and other health professionals as resources to identify and find strategies suited to you that will help you manage physical, chemical and emotional stressors in your life.
Techniques to help relieve stress
Relax: Try deep breathing, yoga, meditation, massage therapy, listening to soothing music. Set aside at least 15 minutes daily to do something you enjoy.
Sleep: Problems can be tackled more effectively with appropriate sleep.
Eat right: Fruits, vegetables and proteins keep you alert and healthy.
Get physical: Even a short walk helps relieve tense muscles, and releases endorphins that make us happy.
Talk to friends or a trained professional: Someone who will let you talk freely about your problems and feelings without judgement. If trained, they can also teach effective coping techniques.
Do not deal with stress in unhealthy ways. This includes drinking too much alcohol, using drugs, smoking or overeating.
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