Stress Sucks, Here is How to Manage It
Truth: stress is a part of life. Not so true: you have to suck it up and deal with it. If you ever met our doctors at Maryland Chiropractic, you know we aren’t about that stress, be it in your life or on your spine.
And, let’s also be real, we don’t want to manage our stress, we want to get rid of it. Stress sucks. So, how exactly do we do that? Well, no matter what it is, be it jobs, relationships, or even health issues, here are some great tips on how to reduce your stress levels. But first, let’s understand where stress comes from.
Why Stress Sucks:
As if you needed a reason as to why it sucks, but here’s what you need to know. Stress is literally the body’s reaction to change. Yup, that’s right, even on an innate level, our chemistry doesn’t like change. That doesn’t mean it’s all bad.
Some stress can be positive. How so? It can keep us alert, ready to avoid danger, and motivated. However, this can quickly turn negative if there is no relief or relaxation between stressors. It’s like a boiling pot, there is only so much water that can boil before it evaporates. Our bodies cannot maintain high stress without leading to serious issues.
We all understand what stress is, but do you know the most common tip for reducing stress? Keep a positive attitude. Okay, sure. If it was that easy, we would all do it! Unfortunately, it’s not.
Reducing Stress (Real Tips)
As we mentioned, many people say, “Hey, just be happy.” However, this doesn’t really help with HOW to manage or reduce stress. Here are some real actions you can take that can help:
- Get up and go for a walk. Seriously, even if it is getting up from your desk every day for 10-15 minutes. Just keep it moving. Regular activity is not only good for your body but also your mind. Breaking up the monotony of your day can do wonders. Go outside, if you can, and just take in the sun, breath in the air, and try to clear your mind.
- Listen to your gut. Many times we are so used to eating what we eat, we don’t stop and think about how it really affects us. More studies show that your belly can have a significant impact on your mood. This puts a whole new perspective on hangry.
- See a chiropractor. This is more than a plug for our industry, it’s real science. When the spine is not aligned properly, the nervous system can’t send the proper signals. Better communication leads to, you guessed it, less stress. Don’t believe us, come try us out.
- Set limits. Now, this is a bit vague but honestly, stress often comes from being overwhelmed. Like saying no to engagements you’d love to make but aren’t making you any happier. Or making limited screentime (yup it’s not just for kids).
These are just a few ways to help reduce stress. However, if you ever feel too overwhelmed and stress management techniques aren’t working, you need to talk to your primary care doctor. Sometimes stress can indicate underlying health issues.
Still, you should consider chiropractic care in your overall health care regimen and stress management. Especially if you are having frequent headaches or chronic migraines, and/or have back pain. These can lead to high stress on the body and we all know stress sucks.