Tips for de-stressing and revitalizing in 5 minutes or less
We all experience stress for different reasons. What creates stress for one person, may not present any challenges for another. Additionally, what is stressful at one point in life may be easier to deal with at another time, depending on what else is happening.
Regardless of the circumstances, what is common is the feeling of overwhelm and it’s effects on our body-mind. In Cellular Management Part 1, we saw how stress can impact the body’s physiology and divert valuable energetic resources away from the essential operations that maintain health.
One of the major challenges with stress is that while ‘stressed,’ it can be difficult to recognize that it’s happening. This is especially true when we are intently focused on getting something done or meeting a time-based demand.
With self-awareness, stress can be useful in guiding us to take breaks and make changes as required. However, often the tendency is to push on until the task is complete or we are forced to quit due to some failure of our body to carry us any further (burn out). Quite often, another task emerges and we don’t fully recover from the previous push before the next one begins. If we’ve made a habit of ‘pushing through,’ we may have conditioned ourself to ignore the body signals that are meant to create a course correction in our life. Additionally, stress actually shuts down our ability to feel what’s happening. This is an intelligent design and is meant to be a short-term strategy to survive the moment or crisis however, if we cannot feel the stress while it’s happening and/or it’s left unaddressed, the accumulation of stress and tension in the body can have serious health complications.
In my experience as a chiropractor, even though most people don’t report feeling stressed, they’re exhibiting significant signs that their body is stressed (and has been for some time). Stress-related symptoms can include: body pain, chronic disease, digestive problems, trouble sleeping, fatigue, headaches, weak immune systems, rapid heart rate, compulsive behaviours, addictions, irritability, impatience, decreased focus, decreased productivity, depression, anxiety, racing thoughts, worrying, memory loss and withdrawing from others, just to name a few. Any of these sound familiar?