Good stress or bad stress. It affects us all. A little stress is great as it can help us get out of dangerous situations or meet deadlines. But too much stress or little bits of stress continuously is bad for us. Sometimes, like the proverbial frog in boiling water, we don't know just how bad our stress is until our bodies just can't take it anymore. We look and feel older, have more aches and pains and suddenly find life overwhelming.
Stress affects us all differently. Sometimes when I ask my clients about their stress levels and they tell me they are not stressed, but their bodies are screaming a different story. So how do you know if you are stressed? You may be stressed if you have several or all of the following symptoms:
||Loss of ability to think clearly and perform complex tasks
||Nervousness, shaking, tinnitus, cold extremities
||Avoidance of responsibilities
|Easily moody / angry
|Feelings of worthlessness
||Forgetfulness and disorganisation
||Aches, pains, muscular tension
||Over eating or Anorexia
|Needing to withdraw from life and others
||Inability to see the good in life
||Dry mouth, jaw clenching, grinding
||Nervous tics â€“ pacing, jostling, nail biting
|Inability to relax
||Loss of concentration
||Insomnia and fatigue
|Outbursts of rage — especially on the road
||Chest pain and arrhythmias
||Urge to strike out physically
|Frequent need to cry
||Loss of libido
You can beat chronic stress before you become a thoroughly cooked frog. How?
- Get adjusted regularly — chiropractic is clinically proven to reduce pain, increase immune function and reduce stress by acting on stress centers in the brain and by releasing tension on the sympathetic nerves housed along the spine.
- Take a Daily Anti Stress formulation — Prime 1 by Prime Quest is available at the practice.
- Supplement B vitamins frequently and even more in times of high stress.
- MOVE! Find an activity you enjoy and do it.
- Eat as clean as possible.
- Practice Smart Hydration — frequent sipping of 30mls per kg of body weight every 24 hours. Occasionally add some salt to your water (about half a teaspoon in 1l) to help your body use the water you are giving it.