Stress is a common factor in over 80% of disease. Whether you are a college student, a new parent, or a CEO, there is always a learning curve when it comes to the additional stress that your career and life paths require. As you continue to take on more responsibility, there is typically a certain amount of exhilaration about the changes to come–perhaps that is why stress and tension sneak up so easily.
Here are 5 simple signs to detect if you have too much stress in your day-to-day routine. Learning to recognize these patterns in yourself will help you make positive changes to not only disarm stress in the moment, but also put less of a burden on your body over time.
- Back Pain-The major causes of back pain, beyond injury, are over-working and lack of sleep. If you often suffer from a sore back, neck, and shoulders, this is probably from stress due to a heavy work load, not enough sleep, or a combination of the two.
- Jaw-Clenching & Teeth-Grinding-If you wake in the morning with sore jaws, unexplained tooth pain, or headaches, you could be clenching your jaws and/or grinding your teeth at night. My dentist presses on my masseter muscle when I visit her. If it is tender, she says I am clenching at night, and suggests a night guard. As an Acupuncturist, I know that this is really a result of stress, and the mouth guard is only a solution for the result, but not the root of the problem.
- Digestive Upset such as IBS, Nausea, Acid Reflux, Constipation or Loose Stools-There are many people who have to run to the restroom as stress tightens it’s grip. This is a result of the liver beating up on the stomach and spleen, leading to upset stomach, excess acid production, and digestive malaise that often keeps you from giving your full focus to what you are doing.
- Frequent Sighing-This is an involuntary deep breath with a big sigh at the end. Sometimes you do it on purpose, but often this is happening without much conscious effort. This happens when the liver is overwhelmed (due to stress), and pushing too hard on the diaphragm, keeping the lungs from getting their full capacity of air. By taking a big breath and pushing out the air, through a sigh, the lungs can take back their ground and have a little more room to move.
- Irritability-From quick-tempered & sensitive to downright cantankerous, when you are experiencing stress, you are carrying much more tension than usual, and you might catch yourself snapping at others for little or no reason.
Acupuncture excels at treating all of these conditions, and more. I take the whole person into account, treating the most difficult symptoms immediately, while also addressing the root cause of the problem. While many of these symptoms are not cause for alarm, they can be quite damaging over time. A visit to Flourish will help you see your health with more depth, while providing ways to improve your these symptoms for good!
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