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Stress Reduction Program
 
     In our ever changing world, we are seeing significant increases in individuals with chronic stress, anxiety and depression. Many individuals experience a combination of these and are often taking ineffective or dangerous drugs to help combat the effects of stress only to find themselves addicted or with new medical complaints. We offer safe, drug-free, holistic solutions to stress management.
 

What is Stress?

There are two basic types of stressors one might experience. The first is eustress and the other is distress. Eustress is considered a good type of stress, but a stress nonetheless. You receive a big bonus check in the mail, for example. While we can all use it during this economically challenging time of the year, the stress may come in how to most efficiently spend the money to get optimal return. Again, it’s a good situation to be in, but there is some degree of stress associated with the event.  The other kind of stress—distress— is oftentimes more destructive. This can be the result of hearing bad news or having increased challenges imposed upon an already stressed individual. Both of these types of stress seem to affect the body in much the same way, initiating the stress response or more specifically, the fight-or-flight mechanism. You will recall that this is how the body responds when forced to fight off a big lion or other threat. You basically have three choices in dealing with this situation: fight the lion or run away (fast). The third option, hiding under a blanket or sticking your head in the sand, really isn’t an option.

 
What are the Signs of Elevated Stress?

There are many indicators that someone is under increased levels of stress. Below are a few of the more easily recognized.


 PhysicalEmotional
Behavioral
Headaches
Asthma attack
Constipation and/or diarrhea
Abdominal pains
Acne flare-up
Excessive dryness of hair or skin
Frequent colds, flu, low-grade fever, infections,
herpes flare-ups
Chest pain
Upset stomach, nausea, or vomiting
Neck, back, shoulder pain
Excess perspiration
Allergy flare-up, rashes, hives
Muscle twitches or eye twitches
Heart pounding, racing or beating erratically

Feeling depressed
Feeling nervous, anxious,
fearful
Feeling burned out
Feeling that life is out of
control 
Feeling that you are being
rushed
Questioning your personal
worth
Feeling very sensitive to
criticism
Often feeling suspicious

Disorganization (losing
things, making dumb
mistakes)
Trouble getting along with
others
Daydreaming about escaping
Difficulty making small
decisions
Increased irritability
Frequent fatigue
Overeating/overdrinking
Increased cravings (tobacco,
sweets, caffeine, drugs)
Sleep disorders (sleeping too
much, sleeping too little)
Trembling hands
Focus on unimportant details
while not completing more
important jobs
Loss of sex drive
Restlessness, poor
concentration


  
What is General Adaptation Syndrome?
 

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The principles of General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS) best describe the ways in which the body will react to a stressor. First, there is the alarm stage where many of the systems are enhanced to deal with the imposed stressor: heart rate increases, breathing rate increases, blood pressure elevates, pupils enlarge, skin becomes flushed, and the digestive system relaxes. All of these responses are normal and necessary given the increased level of actual or perceived threat. The resistance / adaptation stage is next. During this phase, the body adapts to the stress by creating a new level of homeostasis (or functioning) necessary to handle the increased demands. This adaptation allows the individual to function at a heightened level of response. Again, this is a normal and necessary response given the increased level of actual or perceived threat. Unfortunately, both the mobilization of forces during the alarm reaction and the maintenance of homeostasis during the resistance stage require a considerable amount of energy. If a stressor continues for long periods or if several stressors occur in succession without breaks, emotional and physiological exhaustion will result. The realization that stress is a normal part of life and that the goal is to limit the degree that the stress is allowed to build up is important. Finding an appropriate venue for stress release is critical, as well.


Having periods of elevated stress, followed by periods of relaxation is actually healthy, especially since we need some challenges in our life to promote emotional, spiritual and physical growth. Problems seem to occur, however, when the stress levels remain elevated or continue to escalate out of control. Long periods of uninterrupted stress can lead to a plethora of physiological symptoms, many of which are quit destructive. Chronic stress can lead to digestive disorders, autoimmune compromise (increase flu and colds, for example), and a host of chronic diseases, like heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes.

Together our job is to identify within our family, friends, coworkers, and ourselves when there is elevated stress with little to no appropriate release. If that release is inappropriate or detrimental to ones health, we should make a conscious effort to assist that individual in becoming aware of the situation and directing them to professional help.


There are many tools that can assist you and your family in identifying stressors in your life and assessing your ability to appropriately manage the stress. Once identified, there are many options for reducing stress. Either way, remember that the key to good stress management is to find a release mechanism that is socially acceptable and enjoyable. There are certain universal needs for individuals suffering from increased stress, however. Primarily, one should attempt to maintain the basics of a healthy lifestyle by getting adequate exercise, nutrition and rest.


Physical activity affects stress in many ways, such as developing positive coping strategy, enhancing self-esteem, improving body image, and maintaining hormonal balance. Proper nutrition is also essential, especially during the holidays when there are too many increased sweets. Recall that during increased periods of stress the digestive system is already compromised. If you eat poorly, you can expect to exacerbate any problems. Increased level of sugar also seems to add stress by over stimulating many body systems, like the adrenal glands. So, increasing those dark green leafy vegetables for all the vitamins, minerals, and fiber are even more important during times of increased stress. Getting adequate, uninterrupted sleep can become a challenge during the holiday season, as well. Eight hour of uninterrupted sleep per night is highly recommended for proper rejuvenation of overworked body systems. Now, it seems that these three healthy lifestyle behaviors are so intertwined that inadequate amounts of either, when combined with stress, can lead to depression. During the holiday season, especially, there is always increased concern for individuals developing depression. This of course would then evoke further stress. In other words, there is a cyclic and codependent relationship between stress and depression. Individuals with both high levels of stress and depression will react adversely to any increased levels of stress and frequently need guidance of a professional counselor for assistance with stress management. 

 

Please see our Appointment Book for package programs and pricing information.

 

Costs and package options for Stress Reduction program mirror
those found under the Weight Removal Program.
Please see that section for specific details.
 
 

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a healthy lifestyle
while reducing your pain today!

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