Roseville, CA- Are you experiencing higher levels of stress or anxiety lately? You can approach your stress/anxiety with your mind, body, spirit, and emotional health in mind.
Here are 7 powerful things you can do to help:
Getting your circulation going can help blow off some steam. A blend of cardiovascular exercise such as running, walking, elliptical, bike riding etc. combined with weight-bearing exercises such as lifting weights is an ideal way to help your body metabolize stress hormones out of the system appropriately.
2 – Laugh
Finding a light atmosphere where you can laugh and enjoy yourself is important for your emotional health. Watch a comedy or go to a live comedy show, visit friends and family who bring joy to your life. Laughter on a daily basis is great medicine.
3- Find Tranquility
Finding a space of peace and quiet where you can allow your systems to relax and rest is necessary for parasympathetic systems that are in charge of healing and recovery. A garden, a fountain, a park, someplace that is safe and peaceful would be a great place to spend a little time on a daily basis.
Exercising your mind helps to keep your mind engaged in a hopeful space. Learning new hobbies, skills, or about how certain things work can enhance your skill sets and awaken new parts about yourself.
5 – Join Your Community
Becoming involved in your community can strengthen your sense of belonging and connection. During times of chaos, volunteering, joining a club, helping others can be a way to nurture peripheral stability.
6- Go Inward
Prayer or meditation can be an important way to connect with your higher power and or inner self. Prayer or meditation can help to articulate your needs, your values, and prioritize what is most important to you. Studies show prayer and meditation to have powerful healthy effects on the body. Setting aside a time and space for praying/meditating would be very beneficial.
The joys that children experience when they play is something adults should tap into more frequently. Playing allows a person to get lost in an activity and lose track of time and the things going on in the world. Giving yourself a break from the complexities of life is important for your health. Find a way to bring play back into your life whether it be a game, a sport, an activity, getting out and losing yourself in play.
Next time…How to use naturopathic medicine, such as: laboratory testing to find and be able to treat the cause of your anxiety, sleep hygiene, nutrition, discovering if you have hidden and delayed food allergies, and other natural medicine strategies to help you put anxiety in the rear view mirror.
Credit: Dr. Ethelbah ND, RDH.
Dr. Dennis Godby, Naturopathic Doctor, Sutter Medical Foundation.
He may be reached online or at his Sacramento Office (916) 446-2591.