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Dr. Rick's Health Tip of the Month

October 2001

Stress Relief Strategies for Challenging Times --
Three Strategies to Help You Make the Most of Every Situation

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By Dr. Eric Plasker
Courtesy of Dr. Rick Allen, DC

Stress levels are at an all time high today. With the recent downturn in the economy and security challenges brought up by terrorist attacks in the United States, stress levels are challenging the resiliency of the minds and bodies of every person in the world who values their freedom.

How will these issues impact your life? How can you and your family stay physically and emotionally healthy so that you can deal with these issues in a constructive manner? What can you do to ensure your family's well being?

By now, most of us are aware of the impact our mind can have on our physical health. Messages communicating over your nerve system can affect the function of every cell of your body. Messages that are distorted due to interference from mental and physical stress, can distort your bodies ability to cope and thrive under stressful circumstances. This can cause immediate health problems and chronic health deterioration if not handled appropriately now.

These strategies will help you and your families limit the impact of stress and thrive during difficult times:

  • Don't Panic -- certainly this is sometimes easier said than done even when we all know that panic can make a bad situation worse. There is no doubt that we are all experiencing challenges in our lives right now. Lets make the most of those challenges. Make and take the time each day to clear your mind and focus on the things in your life that matter the most. Spend time in silence either meditating or refocusing your energy away from stress. This is not to stick your head in the sand in denial about whats going on. On the contrary, this will enable you to focus on positive solutions and decisions that support the best outcomes for yours and your familys life now and in the future.

  • Don't Numb Yourself -- many people who are challenged by stress turn to drugs, alcohol and numbing medications as a way of coping with stress. While in some very severe instances this might provide a temporary relief, the side effects of these numbing agents can be worse for you than the stress itself. Many of these agents can cause chemical addictions that can haunt you for a lifetime. Reach out to friends and family members- try everything else first.

  • Keep Your Stress Reaction in Check -- just as your mind can run wild in times of stress, so can your body have a chronic and constant stress reaction. These stress reactions can cause physical, mental, spiritual and organic exhaustion that lead to immediate and chronic health problems. Chiropractors globally see millions of people who suffer from the negative impact of stress. Chiropractic care calms the nerve system and promotes immediate stress relief as well as long-term health and well-being. Removing the pressure from your nerve system and keeping the pressure off consistently, will help you maintain a high level of energy and a high level of health. Chiropractic keeps your nerve system balanced and in check even when times are hard.

If you are experiencing stress and challenges like many others, dont make your challenges worse by allowing stress to get out of control. Follow these guidelines and make the most of your situation.

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