You Have Stress, We Have Stress-Busters

By Sara Butler

National Stress Awareness Month

It seems as if it’s not a coincidence that National Stress Awareness Month coincides with the month taxes are due. Well played.

By now, you’ve no doubt mastered dealing with stress in your life. Kidding! Stress impacts everyone, no matter who you are. It’s true that some people are better at dealing with it than others, but dealing with stress is a skill we all hone over a lifetime and few totally master. I bet even the Dalai Lama has days in which he just disappears into a piece of chocolate cake while watching reruns of Gilligan’s Island.

At The Joint Chiropractic, we’re not interested in giving you a million tips to help you smack down the stress in your life. Memorizing them would be too stressful. Instead, we’d love to offer some practical tips you can easily incorporate into your day to help you lower your mental anguish and live a little healthier. I’m sure the Dalai Lama would approve.

Get Some Sun

You’ve heard for years that too much sun will kill you. That’s still true in an abstract “you could get skin cancer” kind of way. But the truth is that 10 minutes of a little sun on your skin each day is good for you. In fact, it’s a stress buster.

Ever wondered why you feel a little down in the winter? It’s because you probably don’t get enough sun. Sunlight helps your body maintain its mood by impacting the level of serotonin your brain produces. More serotonin means a boost in your mood, so do something outside today to lift your spirits and keep that stress away.

Dance It Out

Bust some stress by busting a move! I’m not suggesting you channel your inner Fred Astaire here, but you should channel at least you inner Paula Abdul. Or at least one of her backup dancers.

Exercise helps boost your mood and melt stress away. If you hate exercise, then you can exercise without feeling as if you’re exercising by turning up some tunes and doing your best impression of the final scene of Dirty Dancing. You’ll have the time of your life.

Meditate

Ah, a practice that gets the Dalai Lama’s seal of approval! Meditation has many forms, so do a little research and go with one that appeals to you. It can help you avoid stress and focus your mind. If you need help deciding what type of meditation is best for you, then try one of these techniques.

Cuddle Your Puggle

Whether you’ve got a poodle, a Labradoodle, or Labradoodicorn, cuddling your pet is a great way to deal with stress. That’s why you see so many therapy animals who regularly interact with groups of people -- animals are a big help to people emotionally. Maybe now is a good time to get the emotional support peacock you’ve always wanted. If you don’t have a pet, go visit the animals at your local shelter or hit up that cat café you’ve heard so much about.

Massage It Out

Studies have shown that a touch massage for as little as five minutes can decrease your heart rate and reduce your body’s stress response. That’s why, if you have the resources, you should head to a local massage therapist for treatment. If not, then you can always bribe a friend or family member to rub your back for a few minutes.

See the Chiropractor

Chiropractic is a great way to reduce stress! While you may not need to see them every day, regular chiropractic adjustments can help your body to function optimally. A body working at its very best is a body that can handle any stress that comes its way!

We here at The Joint hope you have a happy and safe Stress Awareness Month. Just don’t stress yourself out about it.

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