Stress 101

Dr. Christina Wiggers, Chiropractor

Why am I so stressed?!? And what to do about it.

We all experience different stress, in different amounts at different times in life. Stressors can be grouped in three main forms:

  • Physical
  • Chemical
  • Emotional

We often associate stress with a negative outcome, seen as “dis-stress”. Sometimes these stressors can be a good thing! How you say?!? “Eu-stress” results in a positive outcome such as:

  • Having a job that challenges you and not bores you.
  • The surge of adrenaline that allows you to respond after an accident or trauma.
  • Increasing bone density in response to weight bearing activity.

Stress is not something that happens to you, it is your response to the events that occur every day!

Regardless of the type of stress, our body does respond physically to our perception of these stressors: Adrenaline starts pumping, our pupils widen, blood is diverted to our muscles and limbs. This helps us in the short term and is a vital response! Then after the stressor is removed or resolved our body returns to a parasympathetic state: Breathing evens out, body is relaxed, blood and resources are diverted to digestion, reproduction and repair.

HOWEVER, sometimes these stressors can be overwhelming! Your body cannot switch back from sympathetic to parasympathetic mode on its own, from “fight or flight” to “rest, digest, and repair”. This can be when the stressors are chronic (sitting day after day) or traumatic (like a car accident) and your body does not have the chance to heal itself! Our body and mind have the amazing ability to return to balance.

Here are some ways you can support your body and stress less!

  1. RE FRAME: Take control, identify your stressors, and see how they can have a positive outcome.
    “A problem is only a problem when viewed as a problem.” -Robin Sharma
  2. MEDITATION: Pick something you are comfortable with. Whether it is five minutes listening to calming music or group sessions, mediation can help with awareness, focus, and emotional regulation.
  3. BREATHING: Deep, slow diaphragmatic “belly” breathing helps to activate that parasympathetic nerve system.
  4. MOVE YOUR BODY: Ideally in nature. Find exercise that strengthens and supports your body.
    More on this later.
  5. GET CHECKED: Schedule an appointment with your Real Health Chiropractor! Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to literally change the way your brain functions! At Real Health all our holistic practitioners are highly trained to provide techniques and tools for all patients to manage stress, easing body, mind, spirit. Book your appointment today!

References:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/19/meditation-benefits_n_5842870.html

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