Does Stress Have You in DysFUNCtion?

Does Stress Have You in DysFUNCtion?

Why and How You Should Be Managing Your Stress 

Stress is one of the most prevalent yet least addressed issues that we face every single day. There’s good news though. The tools that you can use to start managing your stress are available, easy to access, and even easier to use if you know where to start. 

First, let’s look at the different types of stress that you might be facing. 

Chemical Stress

You might not realize it, but the products you use and consume all contain chemicals! From the body wash you use in the shower each morning, to the pesticides on your fruits and vegetables – all of them have an impact on your body on a molecular level. We encourage our readers to reach out to us about natural and organic ways to reduce stress and improve your health. 

Physical Stress 

Do you spend most of the day on your feet or doing heavy lifting? If so, your body might be under more strain that you’d think. Perhaps you simply need a new, more effective way to address the aches and pains that you experience on the daily. Well, we’re here to help.

Emotional Stress

The past year and a half hasbeen stressful for us all. Our children are navigating a confusing world of online learning, some of us have faced financial strain, and some of us might have even lost loved ones to the pandemic. Emotional stress, whether big or small, influences our health in more ways than one, including: 

  • Disrupting Your Sleep Schedule 
  • Weakening Your Immune System 
  • Influencing Your Digestive Tract and Harming Your Gut Health 
  • Increasing Your Chance of Heart Disease, Diabetes and Obesity 
  • Increasing Your Risk of Alzheimer’s 
  • And more!

The Good News 

While thinking of managing your stress might make you feel even more stressed, we’re here to assure you that it’s possible. Here are some of the natural, effective, and easy ways to start managing your stress: 

Breathing Exercises 

Try the 4-7-8 breathing technique to ground yourself when you’re feeling panicked or stressed. 

Being Kind to Yourself 

Try not to beat yourself up for being human!

Taking Small Steps Towards Your Goals 

Set smaller, more realistic goals to keep yourself from feeling overwhelmed. 

Journaling

Jotting your thoughts down might make them easier to manage.

Affirmations and Gratitude 

Start your day off by taking a look at the things that make life worth living. 

Improving Your Morning Routine 

Getting a strong start will set the tone for the rest of your day. 

Exercise 

Get your heart pumping to lift your mood and improve your health. 

Meditation 

Spend a few moments quieting your mind and letting go of the fears that bind you. 

Want to get out of your stress funk? 

Reach out to us at the Thrive Functional Wellness Center now to learn how you can start naturally, easily, and reliably managing your stress tolive a happier life. 

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Lorrie Rappe
Lorrie.Rappe@ThriveFunctionalWellness.com
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