During our lives, we are all sure to come across things that cause stress. From busy jobs and juggling childcare, to financial pressure and illness, stress has become almost ingrained in modern society.
The effect stress can have on the body can be profound, often being the source of many of the body’s ills, including headaches, IBS and joint pain, to name just a few.
Sometimes, people find that they need help and guidance to overcome stress, but there are also things that can be done by the sufferer to lessen its effects. Here, we offer three top tips on how to manage stress:
- Embrace osteopathy
When you are stressed, your body is in a state of fight or flight and ready to deal with a threatening situation. By not dealing with stress effectively, your internal system is always on edge and releasing adrenaline into your body, which can cause things like palpitations, IBS, reproductive issues and adrenal fatigue.
From a mechanical point of view, stress can lead to increased tension in your muscles and joints, especially in the back of your neck shoulders and head, often causing to headaches, joint pain and general discomfort.
Osteopathy may help to rebalance the nervous system, reducing the time that you are spending in ‘flight’ mode. It may also encourage joint mobility and improve the motility of the digestive tract, which can improve your state of mind and overall wellbeing.
Many people find that they only need a few sessions of osteopathy before they feel better. Your osteopath will also give you advice and exercises to take away, so that you can work on maintaining a peaceful state of mind.
- Breathe properly
Stress can cause you to take more shallow breaths than normal. This can cause a build-up of toxins in your body that makes you tired by the end of the day. By only using your upper ribs when you breathe, you are putting a huge strain on your neck muscles, which can lead to headaches and neck pain.
Ensuring that you take a few moments to yourself every day where you can complete this quick breathing exercise, can enable your body to relax:
- Rest your hands over your belly button and slowly breathe in with your mouth for a count of five seconds.
- Breathe out steadily over a count of five, feeling your abdomen list and fall.
- Repeat this process three times.
- Seek professional help
Recognising the negative effect stress is having on your life is probably the first step to feeling better. Part of this may be asking for help from a professional counsellor.
You may find that talking to a stranger about your stress levels is easier than talking to family or friends because you won’t feel judged. During therapy, a trained counsellor or therapist can help you work towards a positive state of mind and give you tips to manage your stress levels going forward.
Despite there being lots of different types of therapy, they all share the aim of making you feel better. Using a talking therapy in conjunction with other methods, such as osteopathy or an exercise regime, can make stress easier to cope with and in turn make you happier.
If you are looking for methods to combat stress, we would be happy to see which of our treatments may be able to help. For further information please call our Halesowen Osteopathic practice on: 0121 585 8555, or our Wombourne Osteopathic practice on: 01902 894 894, or email us.