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How to Mindfully Manage Stress

woman with hands on the back of her neckWe all feel it occasionally—creeping around your shoulders up your neck and eventually manifesting into a throbbing headache—stress. Stress is a natural coping mechanism to changes in our environment and necessary to alert and protect against potentially harmful events. But too much stress can zap your vitality and take its toll on your wellbeing.

Recognizing Stress

Stress reveals itself in many ways. If you find yourself forgetting appointments or constantly having to reschedule plans, you may have too much on your plate. Stomach upsets, skin irritations, and frequent headaches are also known to be triggered by stress. Feeling unusually tired, overwhelmed, and excessively anxious are also commonly caused by stress. Often times, people find themselves trying to combat these physical and psychological feelings through prescription medications, overeating, and consuming alcohol. Not surprisingly, partaking in those activities can actually increase stress and cause further ailments. So what are the best options?

Reducing Stressors

It turns out, there are many healthy options to keep stress at bay. Regularly participating in calming activities, such as meditating, listening to music, and reading, will increase mindfulness and relieve tension. Ironically, vigorous exercise has a similar affect because exercise allows your body to release Endorphins when pain or stress is inflicted. Of course, Chiropractic adjustments by your Fremont Chiropractor to remove Subluxations and interference to your nervous system is vital as well. These natural remedies are ultimately way more effective than managing stress with prescription drugs and other substances, which just fuel the cycle of stress.

Let’s face it, stress is just part of life. There are social, family, and work obligations that we simply cannot avoid. However, how you react to stress can significantly improve your overall positivity and productivity. Using a day planner or an online calendar can help you organize priorities and keep on track without having to remember daily events. Scheduling quiet time or carving time out for activities that you enjoy, such as hiking or cycling, will also alleviate stress. Although it may take some time and perseverance to implement new habits, it is possible with the right attitude and support. Making even the slightest change will give you long term gains.

Your health is worth it.

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