Stress is everywhere! We all perceive stress differently and have different triggers that result in the stress response.

The basic response that our body’s take when put in a situation that causes stress is the fight or flight response.  Our bodies release more adrenaline and cortisol that causes our bodies to use more resources while also tensing up and constricting blood flow.  Stress emotionally can cause a wide array of emotions such as worry, anxiety, anger and frustration.

Stress

We all use this word in our day to day life to try and describe various feelings. Sometimes this word is used to express a high pressure situation; sometimes it can describe a bodily sensation of feeling unbalanced. However we use the word, it signifies a problem in our body and our psyche.

Small amounts of stress can make us sharp thinkers, motivate action or find a solution to a difficult problem. However, over time too much stress can take a toll on us mentally and physically. In our body we may see stress as a racing heartbeat, shallow breathing, muscle tension, difficulty sleeping and even chronic pain.

Psychologically, stress may impact our ability to think clearly, feel confident in our selves and cause worry, sadness or fear.

What can be done?

There is no one right way to deal with symptoms of stress. The first step is to identify these feelings and try things that have worked in the past for you. This may include deep breathing, talking to a friend, or using other calming techniques.

When stress becomes unmanageable and interferes in your life, it may be time to seek other interventions.

These are a couple of options that can help you manage the physical and emotional factors that contribute to stress:

Talk to Someone: Councelling and Psychotherapy

Stress can be a result of our complicated and busy lifestyles. Often we have obligations we must fulfill for our family members, employers and friends. Taking a step to talk to a psychotherapist is making a commitment to take care of yourself. Therapy can assist you in gaining insight into the roots of your stress and find new strategies to deal with them.

Acupuncture Treatment

Acupuncture will help to offset the natural tendency to tense the body by increasing blood flow.  We are able to help the body manage stress both physically and emotionally.  Acupuncture Treatment can help calm the mind, aiding in less worrying, decreased anxiety and frustration and less temper flares.

Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints. Massage therapy helps alleviate the soft tissue discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stresses, muscular over-use and many chronic pain conditions.