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8 Natural Ways to Manage Stress

A whopping 77% of people report that their stress levels are so severe that they affect their physical health, and 73% report that their mental health is impacted. In our fast-paced society full of endless to do lists and little time for self-care, stress is a common problem. Fortunately, there are a number of healthy, natural, and lifestyle-based techniques that can help us manage our stress levels.

Left unchecked, stress can contribute to a variety of health issues. Common effects of pro-longed stress include:

  • Headache

  • Anxiety

  • Chest Pain

  • Overeating or Undereating

  • Muscle Tension or Pain

  • Insomnia/Sleep Issues

  • Irritability or Anger

  • Fatigue

  • Sadness or Depression

  • Heart Disease

  • Diabetes

  • High Blood Pressure

  • Obesity

  • Restlessness

  • Feeling Overwhelmed

  • Drug or Alcohol Misuse

  • Social Withdrawal

  • Stomach Upset

  • Change in Sex Drive

Symptoms of stress can impact your health mentally and physically.

Read on to learn about our top 8 tips to manage stress!

Deep Breathing Exercises - Did you know that by simply taking deep breaths with long, slow exhales, it actually signals your brain to relax? Breathing deeply is a simple yet highly effective way you can lower your stress level. The best part is that you can do it anywhere, at any moment. If chronic stress is wearing on you, make it a point to stop throughout the day to take a few deep, mindful breaths. We recommend doing it when you first wake up (before you hop on your phone or begin getting ready, on your lunch break, when you get home from work (especially if you had to deal with crazy traffic to get there!). By setting aside a few minutes throughout the day to focus on taking deep, diaphragmatic breaths, you will find your tension is eased, your stress levels are lower, and your feelings of presence and calm are higher.

Acupuncture - Clinical studies have found that acupuncture promotes balance in the nervous system, and can help people struggling with stress, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, and depression Furthermore, research has found that acupuncture positively impacts brain and neuronal activity, and the limbic system - it actually shuts down stress regions in the brain. What’s more, acupuncture promotes positive mood, energy, restful sleep, and immune function. Ready to feel the results for yourself? Book a Maitland acupuncture appointment now!

Vitamins - Vitamin D, magnesium, B vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids have been linked to stress, mood, and overall health. Unfortunately, the Standard American Diet leaves many people deficient in these vital nutrients. Aim for a nutrient-rich diet, and consider a high quality supplement if your levels are low. Be sure to check with your doctor or nutritionist to address specific concerns. Contact us to learn about our selection of high quality vitamin and mineral supplements!