Do you feel the negative effects of stress in your daily life? Are you struggling with anxiety, insomnia, chronic headaches, or digestive upset? If so, you are not alone – 48 million Americans report experiencing health problems related to stress every year. Over 30 million Americans take drugs for anxiety and depression. Millions more take drugs for stress related issues such as insomnia, headaches, chronic pain conditions, gastrointestinal problems, etc.
You DO NOT need to live with the negative effects of stress and anxiety.
With Acupuncture and Chinese medicine, I can teach your body how to manage stress on its own, and give your body the strength to initiate its own healing process. Acupuncture treatments help your body gain access to intrinsic and long forgotten self-care mechanisms that guard against the detrimental effects of chronic stress. Acupuncture treatments are known to stimulate the release of hormones that profoundly counteract stress and stimulate a sense of calm and wellbeing.
Managing Acute Stress Conditions
Just one or two acupuncture treatments may be enough to curb a panic attack or bout of severe insomnia. A stress and anxiety maintenance plan that includes acupuncture and Chinese herbs will have a preventative and far reaching effect on such conditions.
Self Care Tips for Managing Stress and Anxiety
Exercising actually relieves the body of sympathetic tone by using stress hormones and blood sugar as they are intended; for physical exertion. Try slipping exercise into your daily routine: walk to work if possible, take the stairs instead of the elevator, and go out to get lunch rather then ordering in.
Eat Meals Quietly and Calmly
Stress redirects blood out of the digestive organs and into the extremities. This makes digestion difficult and contributes to gastrointestinal discomfort. Try to eat three meals each day without reading, talking on the phone, or typing. Your food will taste better and you will feel better!
Relax Before Bed
Avoid watching TV or working right up until you go to sleep. Even 5 minutes of quiet breathing and relaxation in bed before slipping off to sleep will make your rest deeper and more restorative. If you suffer from insomnia, give yourself 15 minutes to breathe deeply and focus your mind on your breath or the simple task of counting to ten before “trying” to fall asleep. This technique seems too simple to work but you will be amazed how profoundly your body responds to the most subtle cues.
Some Illnesses That are Caused or Exacerbated by Stress
Chronic Headaches, Neck, & Back Pain Irritable Bowel Syndrome TMJ & Teeth Grinding Panic Attacks Insomnia Depression Fibromyalgia Infertility & Sexual Dysfunction Premenstrual Syndrome, Painful Menstruation, & Irregular Menstruation Hormonal Conditions: Diabetes Hypothyroid Hyperthyroid Pre and Post Operative Anxiety