Statistics show that about 77% of people are stressed enough to have physical symptoms from their stress. Even children feel stressed on a normal basis, which raises the risk for stroke, heart disease, chronic conditions and mood disorders over time, among many other effects. During Stress Awareness Month, try using some of these 10 stress-relieving tips to reduce the effects of stress on your body and mind!

 

What Is Stress?

If you’ve ever felt stressed, you’re not alone. Everyone gets stressed at some point in their life and you may even have the symptoms of stress without knowing that’s what’s happening. Stress is your body’s way of dealing with the demands of life, whether it be demands placed on yourself, your children or others you know. The term “stress” is defined as a “non-specific response of the body to any demand for change.”

 

When something happens that is stressful to you, your body releases a specific hormone that is known as “cortisol”, or the stress hormone. This hormone is released and causes a fight-or-flight type of response in your body. Doing something hard may suddenly cause you to have a rapid heartbeat, overwhelming tension in your body or other stress-induced symptoms. That is because the stress hormone is changing how your body is reacting to the forces around you.

 

The release of cortisol can cause different symptoms in every person. The most common type of symptoms you may feel from this hormone release include:

  • Headaches/migraines
  • Upset stomach or digestive issues
  • Heart problems
  • Decreased motivation
  • Mood disorders and irritability
  • Depression
  • Abnormal heartbeat
  • Heartburn
  • Ulcers
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke

 

Stress over time will increase your risk of chronic conditions, diseases, and especially stroke and heart disease problems. That is why you want to get stress under control as best as possible.

A busy, stressed out mom in a kitchen cooking, talking on the phone and holding a baby.

Great Ways to Relieve Stress

Want to relieve your stress in just a few minutes of your time? You can! There are hundreds of ways to relieve some stress. You just have to break up your day with plenty stress-relieving activities so you stay sane. Try some of these and see what works for you:

  • Exercise. Start your day off with exercise or break up 30 minutes of exercise a day into small segments. Exercise gets your heart pumping and boosts the release of feel-good hormones in your body.
  • Meditate. Find a quiet, dim place where you can be alone and can block out the world. Focus on breathing exercises and clear your mind for a few minutes. This will calm down your cortisol production so your stress diminishes.
  • Eat well. Not only does eating a balanced diet help you look great, but it also helps you feel well. Aim for a diet full of protein, fruits, veggies, plus vitamins and minerals so you reduce your risk for most chronic conditions.
  • Listen to music, read a book, play a game or do another activity that helps you feel good.
  • Laugh! When you’re stressed, you want something to lighten the mood. Find friends who make you laugh and feel good or watch something uplifting.
  • Write down your feelings. Journaling is a great coping mechanism for dealing with things that stress you out in life. Making to-do lists can help you worry less because you know your obligations and goals are written down. Add in planners and other tools that allow you to feel less tension.
  • Power nap. A 20-minute nap will give you a boost of energy and will help calm down the stress hormone.
  • Take time for you. We all need to step back for a few minutes, and hour, a day or even longer from the stressors of life. Take the time you need to feel good.

 

How Can Therapy Help?

When we say “therapy”, we don’t mean where you sit down and talk to someone. However, that type of therapy is incredible for dealing with the demands of life while staying sane. At our facility, we provide different types of therapies that can benefit your help in amazing ways. Injuries happen because too much pressure, force or stress was placed on the body too much or too fast. Our professionals can do quite a lot to help athletes and former patients avoid injuries from happening in the future. Managing diet, exercise and trying various therapies tends to help our patients stay happy, healthy and reduces the risk for diseases.

 

However, breaks happen sometimes, whether they be injuries to the body or you simply need a break emotionally. Rehabilitative therapies help to treat your body and mind using methods that are natural and non-invasive. Massage therapy is a great tool for relieving emotional and mental stress on the body. It also helps break apart tension buildup in the body that leads to inflammation, high blood pressure increased glucose release and many more things that can harm you.

 

If you’re feeling overwhelming stress and you can’t quite kick it on your own, call our chiropractic and rehabilitation professionals for help. You can do that by calling Spine Correction Center of the Rockies today at (913) 732-0087!