Stress is something that affects most people at some point in their lives, but for others, stress may be a part of their daily routine. While it may seem as though stress only affects a person’s emotional and mental well-being, it can also negatively affect their physical wellness. According to The American Institute of Stress (AIS), approximately 77 percent of people who experience frequent stress also suffer from the physical symptoms caused by stress. Whether you suffer from chronic stress or occasional stress, it can contribute to other aspects of your health and wellness, causing pain, tension, headaches, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, weight gain, high blood pressure, and a long list of serious health problems.
Finding healthy ways to manage your stress, however, can help keep stress-induced pain and tension at bay while improving your quality of life, wellness, and happiness. Today, we’ll look at several self-care methods that can help you find relief from stress and all the not-so-fun physical manifestations of stress. If you’re ready to find relief from stress, reach out to your Top Rated Local® chiropractor in Overland Park to arrange an appointment for gentle (no twist) chiropractic care. In the meantime, here are some stress-relieving tips for you to consider.
What Causes Stress?
There is no official definition of stress, since stress is experienced differently from person-to-person. As the AIS puts it, stress is a normal response us humans feel that manifests as a “physical, mental, or emotional strain or tension.” Here are some of the most common triggers of stress:
- Everyday demands and responsibilities
- Pressure at work
- Meeting others’ expectations
- Pressure at school
- Not getting enough sleep
- Poor nutrition and lifestyle choices
How Stress Manifests Physically
The body has its own stress response system known as the “Fight or Flight Response.” When the body reacts to stress, the brain sends warning signals to the muscles, which is why you feel tightness and tension, especially in the neck, shoulders, and back. Additionally, stress triggers a hormone release of adrenaline and cortisol to help the body either fight or fly. This response presents with an increase in heart rate, quicker breaths, a rise in blood pressure, and an increase in blood flow to the muscles and the brain.
While this is a valuable response to have in the case of an emergency or a challenging situation, this can also contribute to anxiety or panic attacks, difficulty sleeping, and can negatively affect your heart and respiratory health.
How Can I Manage Stress?
Feeling stressed and overwhelmed is normal. Ignoring stress, its causes and manifestations, however, will only allow it to continue, and in some cases, worsen. Fortunately, there are many ways we can manage the daily stresses of life in a healthy manner.
Make Time for Yourself
In the daily grind, it’s often easier to focus on pleasing everyone else which means we often forget to take the time to care for ourselves. Making time for yourself each day will give you a chance to focus on you, your goals, your successes, and areas of your day, week, or life where you’d like to improve and grow. Schedule 20-30 minutes each day of “you time” and dedicate this time to you. Whether this means stretching and meditating, journaling, listening to music, getting outside for a breath of fresh air, or simply sitting in silence, use this time to your advantage. Set intentions, reflect, practice deep breathing, or give yourself a pat on the back for achieving a goal. This is your time.
Find Ways to Decompress
Finding a way to decompress at the end of the day can help you relax, de-stress, get a good night’s sleep, and wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the next day. Try finding activities that you enjoy doing, which can also help you release stress. These activities might include:
- A dance or aerobics class
- Lifting weights
- Going on a short hike
- Taking your dog to the park
- Taking a brisk walk
- Painting or sculpting
The goal is to do something that you enjoy that can also help clear your mind and boost your mood. Not only are these kinds of activities great for stress management, but they’re also great for your health.
Get the Endorphins Flowing
Endorphins are the body’s natural “feel good” hormones that can help relieve pain and boost your mood. There’s no better way to give the endorphins a kickstart than by getting active. Engaging in low- and high-impact activities can get your heart rate going and the blood flowing to trigger an endorphin release.
Get A Massage
Massage therapy is a proven way to relieve physical, emotional, and mental stress. Your massage therapist can apply controlled pressure movements to release tension and tightness in the muscles and soft tissues while encouraging relaxation and circulation to trigger the release of pain-relieving hormones like endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin. What’s more, you’ll have anywhere from a 30 to 90 minutes to relax, rejuvenate, and let go of your stress.
Here ay Adjust Your Health, our massage therapists work hand-in-hand with our chiropractors to target and treat the specific symptoms you’re experiencing, including stress-induced pain and discomfort. Follow the link to learn more about our compassionate and skilled medical massage therapists in Overland Park.
Contact Your Overland Park Chiropractor
Whether your stress comes in waves or it is something you deal with daily, we want to help you find healthy, natural solutions to managing your stress. At Adjust Your Health Chiropractic and Massage Therapy, we offer a range of services that can be personalized to treat and manage your specific concerns. From gentle (no twist) chiropractic care to therapeutic massage for tension relief and no-needle acupuncture for anxiety, we’re passionate about helping you find effective ways to manage pain and stress in all its manifestations.
Contact your trusted chiropractor in Overland Park to experience the benefits of chiropractic care for stress relief.
Thanks for reading and please feel free to call us at (913) 681-7757 with any questions.
Dr. Christina 🙂