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Effective Ways to Deal With Stress

By Donna Stark 

Stress is an inevitable part of our lives, and there are certainly a lot of things to be stressed about these days. However, it is vital that we all become aware of the impact it can have on our bodies and general wellness, and that we take the necessary measures to respond to it appropriately. The better we become at managing our stress levels, the healthier and more content we will be. Take a look at what your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic have to say about stress.

What Is Stress?

An important distinction to note about stress is that all stress isn't created equal. Some stress is good. This type of stress can help make a person more alert, focused, and motivated. But the other stress? Well, let's just say it is not as good, especially if it is continuous and there are no breaks between stressors. This type of stress surpasses your body's ability to cope and is often referred to as "the silent killer." Here are some of the issues that chronic stress can lead to.

  • Impaired immune system
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Digestive problems
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Heart disease
  • Insomnia
  • Cognitive decline
  • Harmful behaviors and addiction

How to Manage Stress

Now that you have seen some of the harmful effects of stress, are you wondering how to combat it more effectively? If so, take a look at the following suggestions that have helped so many people deal with their issues.

  • Meditation - Meditating for 10 to 15 minutes a day can help lower your cortisol levels and lessen inflammation
  • Quality sleep - Getting the recommended amount of sleep every night will help your body recover from the day's stressful events
  • Connections - Maintaining strong connections with your friends and family can lessen the effects of stress and provide the support you need
  • Exercise - Daily exercise is a great outlet for stress because it promotes the production of the body's "feel-good" chemicals
  • Boundaries - It is perfectly OK to decrease your stressors by setting boundaries and learning how to say "no" more effectively
  • Hobbies - Engaging in activities that you enjoy is a great way to find the relaxation your body needs
  • Chiropractic care - Chiropractic care has been shown to reduce stress by regulating hormones, stabilizing mood swings, and restoring optimal function to the body's nervous system

Avoiding the Silent Killer

By identifying your stressors, avoiding them as much as you can, and engaging in behaviors that will counter their effects, you can begin to live a less-stressed life. So, go ahead and try to incorporate some of the tips above, and if you need more guidance, just ask your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic for help!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in The Woodlands, Tex.

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