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Six steps to Relieving Chronic Stress and Anxiety Naturally
By Rebecca Hindman, L.Ac.
True Nature Acupuncture
Austin acupuncturist, Austin, Texas

You're probably reading this article because either you or a loved one are under a lot of stress and may even suffer from anxiety. If this is the case, there are number of ways that your life has been affected by this problem. The effects of chronic stress and anxiety can have lasting health repercussions. Fortunately there are a number of things you can do to relieve the effects of stress and anxiety.

Stress happens when you are overburdened with too many demands in your current life situation. It could be that there was some major change in your life from a divorce, a relocation, a death in the family or unreasonable demands at work. Any number of life's events could propel your stress levels to a point where it is just too much and parts of your life become unworkable.

On a physiological level, stress is a state of hyper arousal. Humans are designed to respond to acute stress. If you're being chased by a lion, your sympathetic nervous system kicks into high gear. Your heart rate increases, your sense perceptions are altered, your digestion stops as your body is prepared to escape or defend itself. In modern society we are bombarded with situations causing low levels of chronic stress. When this happens your body never has a chance to allow your parasympathetic nervous system to do it's job of helping your body to "rest and digest".

Anxiety is an unpleasant feeling associated with fear, uneasiness, and apprehension which is in response to some unidentified source, or some future event (as opposed to an obvious immediate threat). Bouts of anxiety are in and of themselves stressful because you don't know when they're going to become activated.

Chronic stress or anxiety can lead to a number of other health issues including being overweight, anorexia, teeth grinding, migraines, insomnia, psoriasis, hypertension, ulcers, depression, loss of libido, acne, nausea, and any number of other health problems. It can exasperate chronic pain and can even compromise your immune system.

What can I do?
The list of the effects of stress and anxiety above is a long one. For anybody dealing with it, there are a number of reasons why it is important to work through the issues surrounding the stress and anxiety so that you can begin to enjoy your life again. What are some of the things that you can do right away to regulate your nervous system and begin this process?

  1. Simplify your life as much as possible. Assess your priorities and see if there is anything in your life that you may needlessly be taking on. How is it serving you to do that? Is it worth the trade off?

  2. Ask for help. See if there is anybody around who can lighten the load. You don't have to do it all. Ask yourself: "What are my resources?"

  3. Eating healthy meals at regular times each day. Really sit down and taste your food. Remember to breathe and savor the experience of eating.

  4. Regular exercise. Even a 15 minute walk three times a week will help you to take some time out for yourself and your body. Notice your surroundings as you walk. Feel the bottoms of your feet. This simple step can make a world of difference.

  5. Daily stress reduction exercises, like mindfulness based stress reduction. These types of practices could include hatha yoga, tai chi, walking meditation, or meditation on the breath.

  6. Holistic health care including Chinese Medicine (acupuncture & herbal medicine) Massage, Naturopathy, and Ayurvedic medicine. These holistic approaches include the patient's lifestyle, diet, constitution and other individual factors. They focus on treating the symptoms (like insomnia or digestive problems), as well as the chronic patterns of disharmony underlying them.

I have personally used the methods listed above and found them to be effective. Additionally, I have found that Acupuncture, and Chinese Herbal Medicine not only treat the symptoms of stress and anxiety but also treat internal patterns of disharmony caused by it. Acupuncture in particular regulates the body's nervous system and promotes the release of endorphins. It's no wonder that patients become deeply relaxed during and after treatments.

Some of the resources that patients enjoy at True Nature Acupuncture are Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Dietary therapy, and stress reduction exercises. Patients are taught stress reduction techniques which empowers them to take care of themselves throughout their lives long after they receive care at True Nature. Through the combination of these methods, patients enjoy better sleep, improved digestion, increased vitality, and an overall sense of well being.

Rebecca Hindman serves greater Austin with the natural therapy of Chinese Medicine. Sign up to receive a free e-book to learn more about how Chinese Medicine can help your journey to optimal health.

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