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What can you do to combat stress? Mel Davis, chiropractor at Back 2 Balance clinic in Hove tells us her top tips for stress management, because, lets face it, life isn’t perfect and we all face stressful situations. It’s how we react that makes the difference.

 

As Chiropractors we see on a regular basis that the foundation to many physical ailments if they haven’t come from some type of traumatic injured (be it small or large) is largely down to stress.

For example…money worries force a person to work harder/longer hours. If they are a desk worker this means more time at the desk. activities are neglected. The exercise regime falls by the way side. You have less time for friends and family and your hobbies as your mind is focussed on the task at hand. Be careful in these situations!

Stress chemicals such as adrenaline and cortisol are running through your body. You’re less active so your stabilising muscles in your back are less stimulated. You feel the need to eat sugary/fatty foods probably washed down with more coffee during the day time or more alcohol in the evening so you’re nutrition is being affected as well. This is a fantastic formulae in developing those aches and pains you remember you didn’t have when everything was tickety boo.

If you are going through a stressful time…

You absolutely must make time to exercise or be active. Even if it means walking to work.
Turn the TV off and go for a walk/jog on these summer evenings if you can. Try paddle boarding or play petanque. Join a drawing class or do some volunteering work. You’re less likely to have a few glasses of wine or eat the packet of biscuits then 🙂
Drink plenty of water and eat GOOD food. See the website marksdailyapple for tips.
Talk to someone about what is worrying you. You don’t get any medals for dealing with a problem on your own.
Turn off Facebook and other social media so your working hours are more productive. Don’t read the news.

Make a list of things you feel you have the capacity to change in your life no matter how small. And get started. One way to do it would be to divide your life into 10 different categories. For example..
Fitness
Nutritionimage
Hydration
Friendships
Relationships
Family
Money
Health concerns
Sleep quality
Hobbies/aspirations

If you were to make a 1% improvement in each category by for example drinking more water, smoking less, calling your parents more etc then the overall effect is a 10% improvement.
This will dramatically reduce the stress load on your body even if the original stress load is work/money.

This will decrease your chances of getting mechanical aches and pains. Keep up with maintenance chiropractic every once in a while but also keep up exercise, eating well and having strong bonds with the people who mean a lot to you.

So, it’s over to you now….. what do you do to unwind and de-stress? What have you found that works for you? Don’t be shy, it may help someone else and give them an idea to improve their life.