Stress is inevitable but how you manage it makes all the difference. Some stress can be avoided simply by saying “no” more often. But, how do you manage the stress you can’t avoid before it takes a toll on your health? Here are 5 tips to help you do just that.
Regular exercise can help you manage and even decrease your stress. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins that improve your mood. Activity is also a great way to relieve muscle tension and soothe the aches and pains associated with stress.
2. See Your Chiropractor
Stress can cause physical pain, which can lead to misalignments in your spine. Regular visits to your chiropractor can detect these issues and correct them to help your body function more optimally.
When you’re faced with a stressful situation, take a few minutes to breathe deeply. Focus on your breathing and envision your stress melting away. Be sure to slowly breathe in through your nose and exhale slowly through your mouth.
4. Have Fun!
With all the responsibilities piled on you every day, it’s easy to forget about fun. But, you need to have some, even if you have to schedule it on your calendar. Spending time with your family and friends is a great way to manage your stress.
Practicing yoga, reading, or sitting quietly are great ways to unwind after a stressful day. If those aren’t your cup of tea, find something that relaxes you and brings you peace.
Stress can cause muscle tension and spasms that can be worked out during a massage. Massage targets specific stress spots within the body to reduce tension and put you in a more relaxed state.
Acupuncture is a great way to relieve stress naturally. This ancient Chinese practice has been shown to unblock the Qi in your body, helping you to fight stress and even symptoms of depression. The number of sessions varies from person to person but you can begin to feel an immediate reduction in stress after just one session.
Knowing how to manage your stress is crucial to keeping it under control. Don’t let it consume your mind and body.
To your health,
Dr. Roger Sahoury