Tips for dealing with Stress

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What is stress?

Stress is a situation that triggers a particular biological response within the body1. When you perceive a threat or a major challenge, chemicals and hormones surge throughout your body and trigger your fight-or-flight response, allowing you to better deal with the threat. Our heart rate increases, breathing quickens, muscles tighten and blood pressure increases1

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Stress isn’t always a bad thing

Stress is a part of our everyday life and it’s important to know that we require stress to function. It can be healthy when it helps you avoid an accident or meet a tight deadline at work. We all feel stressed at times and what one person finds stressful may be very different from what another finds stressful. An important thing to note is that stress should only be temporary. Our bodies are designed to handle small doses of stress and are not equipped to handle long-term, chronic stress without ill consequences2.

 

What happens when I am stressed?

Stress can affect all aspects of your life from your emotions and physical health to your behaviour and thinking ability1. Some common signs and symptoms include:

  • Feeling agitated, frustrated and moody1
  • Low energy, headaches and frequent colds and infections1
  • Inability to focus and poor decision making1
  • Change in appetite and avoiding responsibilities1.

When we experience long periods of stress, it can have serious health consequences including:

  • Mental health problems such as anxiety and depression2.
  • Cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension, heart attacks and strokes2.
  • Obesity, sexual dysfunction and gastrointestinal problems2

 

How to manage stress?

Due to stress affecting everyone differently, there is no single way to manage your stress. However, there are some simple lifestyle changes you can implement to help your body better deal with the stresses life throws at us. Some of these include:

  • Maintaining a healthy diet
  • Ensuring you get enough sleep – aim for 7-8hours per night. 
  • Regular exercise
  • Stay socially connected to your friends and family
  • Make time for rest and relaxation – do the things that make you happy. 

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How can osteopathy help me?

Osteopathic treatment is an effective way to calm your body down. Osteopaths have a variety of techniques at their disposal that can help your systems calm down and release tension. It also gives you 30-60 minutes of ‘you time’ where you can relax and talk to someone about anything. 

References:

  1. https://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/stress-symptoms-effects_of-stress-on-the-body
  2. https://www.healthline.com/health/stress/effects-on-body#Central-nervous-and-endocrine-systems

If you are suffering from a lot of stress and feel osteopathy could help, get in contact with the clinic today for a telehealth consult or face to face consult, to assist you with your complaint!

 

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Blog written by Dr Adam Young – Registered Osteopath.
Berwick Family Osteopathy & Spinal Clinic

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