While some stress is a normal part of a life, in excess it can impair productivity and more importantly affect our physical and emotional well-being. Working more overtime and pressure to perform, trying to impress everyone around that you are super-mom or super-dad, or keeping a perfect tidy and clean home can be exhausting. Managing stress is important to maintain a positive attitude and ensure you are successful, creative, productive and happy!
Not sure if you are stressed? Signs and symptoms are far reaching, and include feelings of anxiety, irritability, loss of interest in work, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, headaches, muscle tension, insomnia and digestive problems to name a few. We all express stress in different ways so any combination of symptoms is possible.
Bring on the needles! There is a growing interest in acupuncture to regulate the body’s stress response. Acupuncture points are chosen for your individual presentation of stress and accompanying health concerns. When needled, your body releases natural pain-killing chemicals in the brain and reduces stress hormones circulating in your body. By spending 20 to 30 minutes receiving a treatment in a relaxing setting, decreased heart rate, blood pressure and muscle relaxation are positive side effects. A few studies haven even shown that acupuncture treatments are comparable to typical cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) treatments in anxiety and just as effective as counseling for moderate depression. Starting regular acupuncture treatments can certainly be a great addition to your stress-busting and mood-boosting regime.
Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.