Did You Know That April Is Stress and Anxiety Awareness Month?
At some point in our lives we've all been under some form of stress or anxiety and the vast majority of people that present to my clinic, I would say at least 75% of the symptoms are stress related. Stress and anxiety is very subjective to the individual, and the circumstances a person is involved with. No one can tell you they understand how you feel, or tell you not to be stressed because stress and anxiety doesn't work like that. In fact in my experience, those people that find themselves struggling to cope are the ones that have struggled to cope for too long.
Trying to cope with chronic stress and anxiety can and very often does lead to physical symptoms, you might experience panic attacks, suffer appetite loss or comfort eat. You may lose interest in sex or be afraid of social situations even personal relationships suffer, it’s usually different for everyone and can vary in severity but nevertheless it’s not a good situation to be in. The long term effects on your health can be disastrous and you may experience Depression, Low Immune System, High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease, Adrenal Fatigue, IBS / Digestive Disorders, Insomnia / Sleep Disorders, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease , Obsessive Compulsive Disorder…and possibly addiction if you are using alcohol or drugs to get you through.
So How To Manage Your Stress?
Well first thing to know is you are not alone and help is out there, asking for help is not to be seen as a weakness. In fact asking for help is one of the best things you can do, always keep in mind that most people have been through stress and anxiety at some stage in their lives. Many people attend my clinic for help with their stress and anxiety or associated physical symptoms, and I offer a range of choices such as Acupuncture, Hypnotherapy, or Massage. In fact helping my clients with stress and anxiety or associated physical symptoms is one of my favourite issues to treat because people usually respond really well. I've also done stress reduction workshops for corporate clients and within 30 minutes, the staff members who attended found their stress levels reduce massively.
The steps you can take to help manage your stress include watching your sugar and caffeine intake, aim to reduce them by a little everyday...please do this slowly because they are both very addictive substances. Get some physical exercise, even if its just a brisk walk everyday and try to eat regularly and relax when you do it. Look at your sleeping habits, and what you do to relax. Perhaps try some meditation, a warm bath or getting to bed early with a good book....nothing with a blue light so that means your mobile phone or tablet needs to be switched off and preferably away from your sleeping area. Having a treatment such as acupuncture or hypnotherapy etc with myself should not to be seen as a treat, but more of essential maintenance. Lowering your stress levels is truly investing in your future health.
This is an article from sky news regarding stress (see here)