Dr Brad Ivanchuk here and today we are going to talk about stress.
Not physical stress, not chemical stress but mental/emotional stress
It seems that there are abnormally higher levels of mental/emotional stress due to this covid scare and I feel compelled to share what I have learned about stress management over my 43+ years of education.
And we really need to get a handle on this because mental/emotional stress can lead to anxiety, depression, domestic violence, substance abuse and even suicidal tendencies.
These are all on the upswing in America and we just cannot let it happen herein Canada too.
So, today I am giving you 5 tips on what you can do to manage and better deal with mental/emotional stress.
1- Guard the gates of your mind carefully. You can choose which thoughts you wish to entertain. Watching the news can be very disheartening which is not healthy for your mindset or your psychology. Limit how much news you watch and keep yourself busy with pleasurable things to occupy your mind.
2- Meditate daily. And if you are not well practiced at meditation, put your head phones on and plug into your computer for 30 min. You can find lots of meditation on the internet … soft music, positive affirmations, sounds of nature etc. Whatever resonates with you.
3- Exercise. Get out there for your power walks or do your yoga. You can find a lot of yoga instructors on the internet. Both of these are excellent de-stressors and will release endorphins into your body which will elevate your mood.
4- Be diligent with your food choices. When we are stressed we are more likely to reach for those comfort foods; sweets, chips, soft-drinks etc.These will mess with your blood sugars, they are addictive and result in mood swings. (Do your kids ask for junk food when they are cranky?)
5- And most importantly (in my humble opinion – and to my knowledge there are no qualifying double-blind studies, just my clinical observations after 30+ years of hands-on practice), your chiropractic adjustments.Adjustments have a soothing and calming effect on your central nerve system.
After an adjustment, people report less pain, they can breathe easier, they feel all that tension melt away and a release of endorphins which will counteract those nasty stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline.
Your mind and body both will thank you for it.These are very trying times for a lot of us.
And if you are struggling, remember I am always here to help in any way that I can.You can call anytime.905 335 LIFE (5433)