From juggling the demands of career and family to feeling anxious over world events, it’s no wonder so many people experience elevated levels of stress. Stress can manifest in a variety of uncomfortable ways:
- Chronic aches and pains
- Digestive problems
- Frequent sickness
- Decreased energy
The Types of Stress
There are three primary types of stress:
Many types of physical stress can wreak havoc on the body. This type of stress can come from auto or workplace accidents, sports-related injuries, lifting improperly, or slips and falls. Childbirth itself also can cause physical stress on a newborn. Let’s not also forget one of the biggest causes of stress: gravity!
From financial challenges to work-related deadlines to caring for a parent who is seriously ill, mental stress comes in many forms.
Food additives, pesticides, pollution, personal hygiene products, medications. It seems as if we’re bombarded with a host of chemical stressors that can affect our nervous system and overall health.
Chiropractic & Other Natural Approaches
While it’s impossible to eliminate every type of stress, regular chiropractic care may help you better accommodate and adapt to it. Chiropractic is a safe, non-invasive therapy that brings back mobility and health to the spine, which may alleviate stress and help you relax more easily. Other ways to reduce stress include exercising, journaling, getting good sleep, meditating, and more.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is all stress bad?
No. In small doses or bursts, stress can help you accomplish your goals. For example, if you have a project due, feeling a little stressed can give you the energy and motivation to complete it on time. Good stress can also be something like working out in the gym.
Why is stress management so important?
Left unchecked, chronic stress can lead to depression, heart disease, diabetes, and other serious conditions. Many believe that stress is the underlying cause of a host of chronic diseases.
Can nutrition affect stress?
Yes! Eat foods rich in the following natural stress busters: B vitamins, Vitamin C, magnesium, and omega-3s.