April is National Stress month to help raise awareness of the causes and cures of our modern day stress!
Stress Management Top Tips
With everything going on in the world 🌎 stress is rife amongst us and it can really impact our health and wellbeing. Being able to manage your stress will positively impact you and your daily life.
Exercise regularly 🏃♀️
– Regular exercise can help to reduce stress levels by releasing endorphins and allowing you to take a break from the cause of your stress.
You absolutely must make time to exercise or be active. Even if it means walking to work!
Get plenty of sleep💤
– Making sure you get enough sleep every night can help keep your stress levels low and allow you to be more productive during the day.
Spend time with friends and family👩👩👧👦
– Spending time with people you care about can be a great way to relax and refocus your energy.
Take time for yourself💆♀️
– Doing activities that you enjoy, such as reading, listening to music, or taking a bath, can be a great way to relax and reduce stress.
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.
1% Improvements will help…
If you were to make a 1% improvement in each category, 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.