Stress is all around us and can manifest in a variety of ways.
Everyone experiences stress, yet not everyone experiences the same symptoms. In fact, your own symptoms can change over time, or even change with the kind of stress you are experiencing. Physical stress, emotional stress, pressure at work or school… it’s impossible to avoid stressors completely, so it’s wise to learn how to deal with them.
Common manifestations of stress include skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis, digestive issues ranging from constipation or diarrhoea to bloating, indigestion and IBS, fertility problems and hormonal imbalance. This is not to say that stress is the only cause of these conditions, but simply that stress exacerbates them, and can certainly be a contributing cause.
People attempt to cope with stress in different ways. Exercising and exploring creative pursuits such as dance or music are examples of positive ways of addressing stress. Negative coping mechanisms include junk food and overeating for example.
Chinese medicine treatment may be able to assist with your stress and can be used to help you navigate through stressful situations in your life, in conjunction with positive coping mechanisms.
Acupuncture and Stress
According to the Chinese philosophy of the human body, stress causes blockages in your energy flow, which may be released by acupuncture allowing your body to relax. The flight or fight response determines how an individual reacts to a stressful occurrence. If a person is generally aggravated they become more agitated when faced with stressful situations. Have you ever noticed how much more rested and relaxed you feel after an acupuncture session? That’s because acupuncture releases endorphins, a chemical receptor that reduces the perception of pain and induces a state of relaxation. Every time you are able to release stress, you can help your body cope better with the particular symptoms you experience. Where appropriate we prescribe herbal medicines to support your body’s stress response for longer.
So Be Mindful of Stress Levels
Many people are unaware of the level of stress they are actually experiencing, so they don’t take adequate care of themselves until they are actually sick, or suffering more severe symptoms. It’s important to make time to care for yourself and to incorporate self-care strategies into your life. As they say, “Prevention is better than cure.”
When you are feeling stressed, take time to identify your stressors and make a plan to change the things you can change and cope with the things that cannot be altered. Most of all remember to be kind to yourself.
We recommend that you make an appointment to talk with one of our practitioners to discuss how we can help you.