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Helpful Tips for Managing Stress

Acupuncture for StressWe’ve all heard how stress is bad for us. Did you know that stress not only can cause high blood pressure (hypertension), but also insomnia, fatigue, digestive issues, aches and pains, cancer, and it can also worsen the diseases or symptoms that you may already have?

Many people deal with stress in different ways by means of alcohol, tobacco, drugs etc. But, instead of bringing the body back into a balanced state, these substances maintain the body in a stressed state and cause more damage internally.

While it is normal to have a little stress in our lives, it is important as in how we react to it. Some people manifest stress emotionally or psychologically and have a hard time coping, while others become so familiar with it that it starts to feel normal. At some point, it can become so overwhelming, that it can take a toll on relationships at work, home, and even at school.

Some of the changes to look out for when we or our loved ones are stressed are: mood and behavior changes, angry outbursts, withdrawal, lack of focus or concentration, memory problems, frequent colds/ flus, palpitations, changes in sleep habits and eating habits, nervousness etc. to name a few.

Once you have identified the signs and symptoms, look for the causative factor. The next step is to look for options on how to deal with the situation. If the stressor is due to the environment you find yourself in, try altering it. Sometimes, it’s not possible to change the environment if it’s a job situation or a family concern. Look for the next best option. Can the situation be avoided? Is it possible to limit the time when faced with the stressor, or are you able to walk away from it? Try to write down how you feel about the stressful situation. Sometimes writing in a journal helps to process our emotions and I find that it may even help in realizing whether the stressor is a big enough deal or not

Now that you’ve gone through the initial steps, it’s time to take care of your physical and emotional health. Acupuncture can help alleviate stress and even some of the physical manifestations due to stress. From a traditional Chinese medicine perspective, acupuncture can smooth the energy blockages and regulate the flow of qi (energy) through the channels or meridians. From a western scientific viewpoint, it has been noted that acupuncture releases endorphins in the brain and also improves the blood circulation throughout the body thereby removing toxins. Over time, not only will the symptom manifestations diminish, but so will the stress itself.

In addition to getting regular acupuncture, set some time aside for exercise, incorporating deep relaxing breathing techniques and meditation. Do some activity that you enjoy, like reading or listening to music, and make sure to get plenty of rest and a good night’s sleep!

February 24th, 2015|Healing Acupoints News|

Four Simple Steps for a Healthier Life

women in yoga poseI can’t believe it’s already February!   Didn’t we all just make our new year’s resolutions to take care of our health, exercise more and be more pro active. But, how many of us slack and fall back into our patterns, whether it’s due to our work, stress, family, or time constraints etc. and before we know it, we find that stress over takes our life.

Here are four simple steps to maintain a better lifestyle!

Be Active!

It is important to incorporate some type of daily exercise into your routine. Not everyone can take time away from work, home or family to go to the gym. But, there are other ways to stay fit.   If your job requires you to sit for long periods, get up and walk around. Take a short walk during your lunch time. Park your car the farthest in the parking lot and walk, or take the stairs. Taking a brisk walk for 20 minutes everyday will get your blood circulation moving. Getting outdoors with the kids and doing some type of activity will not only increase your quality time with your children, but will also keep your joints mobile and will release endorphins to help keep your stress levels low.

Take a Breather!

Oxygen plays a vital role in our circulatory and respiratory systems. Just doing ten minutes twice a day of deep breathing exercises can help improve the flow of oxygen through your entire system and help get rid of toxins in your body. Most of us don’t know the correct way of breathing as we breathe through our chest. This can cause waste products to remain in circulation, which ultimately leads to fatigue and stress and deterioration of health. By learning proper breathing techniques, not only do we rejuvenate our internal organ systems, but also counter act the unhealthy effects of stress on our body.

Get a Good Night’s Sleep!

Lack of sleep can have important effects on health and wellbeing. Stress also effects our sleep patterns. Many people lie awake at night, tossing and turning, thinking about the daily stress in their lives. This can lead to exhaustion , which can lead to increased stress levels at work making it into a vicious cycle. There are ways to lower stress and manage sleep. And if you find yourself having difficulties falling asleep, fixing the sleep patterns will also have a beneficial effect in coping mechanisms of stress related issues.

Eat Right!

We all want to eat healthy and keep fit, but how many of us don’t have time to fix ourselves a healthy meal, so we go through a drive through as it’s quick and easy. Or we grab the first thing we see at the deli as we don’t have time to wait and gulp it down.. More and more people are eating processed foods which contain all kinds of preservatives and additives. These foods are high in sodium, sugar and fat and GMOs.   This leads to allergies, digestive issues, low energy, and different types of cancer. It is important to maintain a food diary to realize how much junk we are putting into our body everyday. We need to be more mindful of what we put into our mouth and learn to chew and savor every bite. The more we are conscious of what we eat, the better we will start feeling. I always tell my patients to take baby steps in altering their diet as habits are hard to change. Start by packing your own lunch for work, and for your family. Alter healthy snacks instead of potato chips and sodas. Once you take charge of your diet, not only will you start to feel better, but you will also notice that the taste for the foods you once savored will have changed.

Incorporate these small changes into your daily life and you will find that not only will you start to feel better, but you will add more energy and vitality to your health and well being!


February 5th, 2015|Healing Acupoints News|