Stress is a popular term in today's vocabulary and is becoming an epidemic in today's society. The American Psychological Association found that on a scale of 1-10, most Americans are at a stress level of 6. The last time it was this high, was during the financial crisis in the last 2000's.
From a scientific perspective, stress is defined as the process by which one responds to an environmental demand that is perceived as being threatening. As stated by ACSM, Understanding the interaction between the environment and the person is important- essentially, stress occurs whenever an environmental demand taxes one's resources. If demand exceeds resources over a period of time, ones's well being may be endangered and their ability to cope with their environment is depleted, and the ability to respond gets harder and harder.
Here are some signs and Symptoms of Excessive Stress
- Frequent headaches, jaw clenching or pain - Chest pain, palpitations
- Grinding Teeth - Frequent urination
- Stuttering or stammering - Excessive anxiety, worry, guilt
- Neck aches, back Pain, muscle spasms - Weight gain or loss without diet
- Heartburn, stomach pain, nausea - Depression, Insomnia, nightmares
- Feeling loneliness or worthlessness - Overreaction to petty annoyances
- Heartburn, stomach pain, nausea - Insomnia, nightmares
The effects of stress on your health is a huge concern. It can cause digestive issues such as inflammatory bowel disease and ulcers. It can cause significant or intense headaches. It can also lead to cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, such as a greater chances of having heart disease, heart attack or stroke. Along with diabetes and increased cortisol in the blood overtime. It can also weaken your immune system and leave you vulnerable to a whole host of virus and diseases.
Stress also has a profound impact on your psychological function and can develop anxiety, depression, fatigue, insomnia, burnout and general negative impact on your quality of life.
Stress is a serious condition and can impede your life significantly. If you feel like you are loosing control, please seek out professional help. We know it is not always realistic to just eliminate stressors out of your life, but we can help manage your stress, along with professional help. Here is a list of services that we offer than can help combat some your daily stress.
1. Exercise: Increases mood and reduces anxiety and depression with the dopamine effect and has been proven that people who exercise more are to able to deal with stress easier.
2. Massage: Is an effective method for reducing stress, muscle tension, pain and even boost immune function. Massage has also been known to improve dopamine and serotonin levels.
3. Acupuncture: Decreases stress by releasing endorphins (a natural painkiller) and improves blood circulation throughout the body and experiences a feeling of relaxation.
4. Chiropractic: Can release tension and stress from the body.
5. Mediation: Has been associated with decrease blood pressure, heart rate, and stress response.
6. Yoga: Practices mindfulness and can increase positive emotion while decreasing chances of cardiovascular symptoms.