Got Stress? According to the American Psychological Association (APA), 86% of adults are feeling stress, tension, and anxiety several times throughout any given day.
APA’s survey finds increased stress levels are attributed to smart phone attachment. Yes, constantly checking our smart phones for updates and being tethered to our electronic devices can have a negative impact on our physical and mental health.
Not all stress comes from our smart phones, of course. For adults, stress and anxiety creep in sometimes without us really acknowledging it at first. It may come in the form of a little nagging fear that we shove to the back of our mind.
Stress starts to simmer in our brain then it starts to show itself in other areas. Your neck becomes stiff. Your shoulders hurt. Headaches become more frequent. You may notice your jaw beginning to hurt or even your teeth aching.
These symptoms come can from stress. Sometimes they are spread out over weeks and you don’t put it together just how stressed out you’ve become.
When you ignore stress, your body tries to “handle” it in its own way. Not only could you feel pain in your body, but your immune system wears out which can lead to being sick more frequently. You can develop high blood pressure, heart disease, or diabetes.
Don’t let stress get the better of you! There’s a better way.
If you’re at your wit’s end then it’s time for some major help. You need to schedule “YOU” time! Start with self-care massage, book an appointment with me, or schedule some time with a fitness trainer. Better yet…do all three!
Anxiety medications are everywhere and encouraged by most doctors now. There are alternatives and I urge you to try massage therapy and exercise to rid stress and tension from your body before turning to medication.
Massage helps with stress by:
- reducing physical pain
- promoting muscle relaxation
- improving your mood
- promoting better blood flow
- improving sleep
I’m not immune to the stresses life can throw at us. No one is. It’s a part of life. But remember it’s important to know how to relieve your stress before your body “handles” it for you.
I myself had a very stressful weekend recently. I nearly lost my father right in front of my eyes. Luckily, with constant muscle massaging over his heart I could revive him, not once, but twice! It was a harrowing and stressful event which left me feeling like my immune system was worn down. The whole experience wiped me out! You better believe I’m keeping up with my self-care therapy to heal myself before stress gets the better of me.
Stress manifests itself as pain in many areas of our bodies. I’d love to talk to you about a plan to help you relieve your pain that may be caused by stress. Feel free to call and book your appointment or book online.
Stress shouldn’t hold you back from the life you want to live. “Where pain becomes relief” is not just my motto, it is my way of life.