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November 4, 2020

Habits to Reduce Stress & Burnout

Stress is something we all experience, though we rarely give thought to the toll it can take on our bodies. The truth is, stress is a catalyst — what starts out as something small and manageable can quickly cause other issues to arise, such as anxiety, depression and even physical illness. It can also cause a person to miss out on sleep.

Stress can take the easiest of tasks and make them extremely difficult to manage. Your mind simply isn’t in it, and instead it goes off on its own path. You can experience pain in the form of headaches and migraines, back and neck pain, and muscles tension. It’s a difficult way to live, and it can be draining on a person both physically and emotionally.

How you live, the choices you make, and your mindset can significantly impact how you manage stress. You cannot completely avoid stress, but you can learn to more effectively manage it so chronic levels don’t impede your health, happiness, and overall well-being. We've comprised a list of 6 natural stress relieving strategies - all of which are simple & can be used when short on time. Most can be utilized anywhere, including work!

Natural Stress Relief Strategies

The following strategies provide an effective foundation to relieve stress and prevent its sabotaging impact on your life.

Research shows that there are many benefits to journaling in terms of both physical and emotional health, making it a good time investment that can fit conveniently into a morning or evening schedule, or can even be integrated into many people's workday.

Meditation can take many forms and is found in virtually all cultures as a healthy and even spiritual practice. Whether you meditate for five minutes or an hour, you reap a wide range of benefits by being consistent and making it a daily practice. And while a short session can still bring benefits, long-term practice can build resilience.

Health researchers recommend a daily dose of exercise for optimum health and the avoidance of conditions such as cancer and obesity, and exercise is also a great stress reliever. For those who go to spin class, walk the dog in the morning, or find other ways of working physical activity into their day, there are health benefitson many fronts. But you may not realize that exercise increases resilience toward stress while it improves longevity and quality of life.

Regular Adjustments
Chiropractic adjustments help to relieve stress in two ways both of which have to deal with the nervous system. The first is that adjustments release endorphins that create what's called a parasympathetic response (opposite of fight or flight) from increasing your brains awareness of where your body is in space. The second is that adjustments help give pain relief which in turn helps stimulate the parasympathetic are several ways chiropractic adjustments can help to relieve stress. Making adjustments in the spine for example, works to release the tension trapped in your muscles. This relaxes your body, improves blood circulation and eventually removes your bodys flight or fight response.

Hospitals and therapists are using music for its health-enhancing properties, and you can use it to relieve stress. Music can calm your experience of stress, both physically and emotionally, and leave you feeling soothed and relaxed without having to lift a finger. If you want to make an easy change that leaves you feeling less stressed each day, just add some music to your day—it doesn't matter what type as much as whether you enjoy it so turn up the tunes you really love!

Studies have shown that being just half a liter dehydrated can increase your cortisol levels. Cortisol is one of the stress hormones. Staying in a good hydrated status can keep your stress levels down. When you don’t give your body the fluids it needs, you’re putting stress on it, and it’s going to respond to that.

At AlignWell, we take stress and its symptoms very seriously, working with our patients to help them alleviate the pain and mental discomfort that can come from prolonged bouts of stress. We know and understand the three types of stress that can affect the spine — physical, mental and chemical — and we know how to treat the misalignments they all cause.

November 4, 2020