When your resolve is tested, how do you respond? Even your dream job would cause you stress at some point, and we all usually face the quandary of too much work and too little time. Stress treats everyone differently but the best thing anyone can do is to arm themselves with techniques for managing the symptoms and minimizing the causes. What do I mean by minimizing the causes? Well take breakfast for example: the cycle of stress starts before you even walk out the door, with the anticipation of the day to come. If you skip breakfast, or opt for something insufficient such as coffee and a croissant, you are not giving your body or brain the fuel necessary to perform under pressure and it sets a bad precedent for the rest of the day.
Techniques for managing stress on the job:
- Micro-breaks: can you spare 2 minutes to take a brisk walk to the water fountain?
- Making lunch hour sacred: in other words, get away from your desk.
- Chewing gum or something crunchy like an apple: chewing decreases anxiety, while the rhythm and sound increase relaxation.
- Green tea > coffee: coffee can increase anxiety while green tea has a chemical called L-Theanine which inhibits anger and promotes relaxation.
At Holmes Chiropractic, we have a multitude of techniques that help with stress management. Mental stress often causes us to tense up and this can be felt most often in the shoulders, neck and back. Chiropractic treatment seeks to correct spinal imbalance, and release tension with hands-on technique. By regulating the nervous system, we help to treat not only physical dysfunction, but also encourage fluid communication between the brain and body, to help you feel both more relaxed and more productive. While stress accumulation can be rampant, it doesn't have to define your waking or working life; for help on removing yourself from the turbulent cycle of stress, give our office in Houston a call to schedule an appointment today.
Dr. Randall Holmes, D.C.