What Does Chronic stress do to your body, spine, and mind

Do you feel rubbish? Exhausted? Out of shape? Like you've lost your bounce and you're doing whatever it takes to recapture your energy and improve the way you move?

Well, I might be able to help you out.

Hello, I’m Dr Nick from Life Balance Chiropractic and today, I’d like to talk to you about why you feel like this, and what this chronic stress can do to your body, your mind, and your spine.

Firstly - I understand - you're busy. Maybe you're feeling overwhelmed with life. Maybe you're tired of letting everybody down, and you haven't had a chance to sit down and just relax.

This tells me you've been in your stress response for longer than you need to.

The acute distress response is essential when we're being chased by a lion and facing our phobias. It’s good short-term, but not when the distress response becomes prolonged. This is what we call chronic stress.

Chronic stress is one of the causes of some of the world’s major diseases.

There are three main causes of stress that affect your nervous system and make you feel the way you feel - trauma, thoughts and toxins.

Physical trauma causes stress to our muscles, nerves, and joints.

Thoughts, such as feeling down, angry, sad, and especially fear, or being afraid, causes our nervous system to go out of balance, which in turn causes fatigue.

And finally toxins. Whatever we consume has an effect on our body. For example, excessive refined sugars cause unstable blood levels, which in turn causes fatigue.

Here are some tips to help you with your stress levels and recapture your energy.

1. Move

The more sedentary you are, the more fatigued you become - we are born to move. Stand instead of sit. Climb the stairs instead of using the lift. Walk for 30 minutes a day - this will make a massive difference.

2. Sleep

We need adequate, good quality, regular sleep to avoid fatigue. Recent studies now show that if we sleep different hours during the day, or on weekdays and weekends, it can have a negative impact on our energy levels.

3. Eat properly

Eat properly and take supplements if your diet lacks certain nutrients due to intolerances or dietary preferences. Common intolerances, including gluten, soy, dairy, corn and eggs, all have an effect on our energy.

4. Hydrate

Drink two liters of water every day - this is essential for energy.

5. Handle stressful situations

Deal with your stress immediately. If you don’t deal with your stress, it will spiral into more stress and more fatigue.

Thankfully, there are many ways to decrease stress levels, such as yoga, meditation, the Headspace app, mind space in the form of the Wim Hof method, abdominal breathing - the list goes on.

Now, you're probably thinking 'I've heard all of this before - so cliche, Nick'. But just ask yourself - have you tried implementing this type of lifestyle every day?

Have you thought about genuinely trying to help your stress levels every day?

And how long did you do it for? As I said before, chronic stress is one of the causes of all major diseases in the world - it's important to know how we can help ourselves.

If you're sick of feeling this way and want to change your life, why not join us at our next upcoming event?

If you have never had your spine checked, now is the time to do it. Join us for a free spinal health check by following the link.

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