Reduce Stress in Life

This year’s World Mental Health Day took place on October 10th. The theme this year focuses on ‘Mental Health in the Workplace’. In conjunction with this, Mental Health Australia (MHA) ran a campaign to challenge the way we look at mental health and to encourage us to view mental health more positively. The twofold aim of this campaign was to enable anyone affected by a mental health problem to get treatment, help and support and through education, to reduce any prejudice or stigma that anyone affected might experience.

Workplace stress can be a big issue for most adults. Stress can affect our working lives in terms of being less productive while at work and needing ‘sick leave’. It can also affect life outside work, affecting our families and our relationships.

Symptoms of Stress

Ben Purcell, a Bathurst Chiropractor sees many patients for whom workplace stress is negatively affecting both physical and mental health. Here is a short checklist – are you experiencing any of these symptoms?

  • Are you finding weight management difficult and experiencing weight gain (or weight loss)?
  • Are you relying on alcohol, tobacco or drugs (prescription or otherwise), to get you through the day?
  • Have you found yourself withdrawing from social or sporting activities you used to enjoy?

If so, you could be experiencing some of the behavioural effects of stress.

  • Are you experiencing problems sleeping or chronic fatigue during the day?
  • Have you developed digestive problems or an autoimmune condition?
  • Are you experiencing pain such as headaches, tense muscles or chest pain?
  • Have you experienced a change in libido?

If so, you could be experiencing some of the physical effects of stress.

  • Have you noticed a change in your mood with feelings of sadness, anxiety or depression?
  • Have you experienced a loss of focus or motivation in your work or personal life?
  • Have you found yourself becoming more irritable or more easily angered?

If so, you could be experiencing some of the mental health effects of stress.

If you answered ‘yes’ to some of the points in the checklist above, you owe it to yourself to do something about it. Allowing stress to become entrenched may result in serious health problems that include high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes type 2.

Ways to Lower Stress Levels

While it is very important to get help from a health care professional specialising in mental health (such as a psychologist) if the problem is becoming overwhelming, there are effective self-help tips that Bathurst Chiropractor, Ben Purcell shares with his patients. For example:

  • Make time for yourself. Enjoy spending time and socialising with friends, colleagues and family.
  • Try to incorporate regular exercise into your life as the boost of endorphins from exercising has a beneficial effect on mood and the way we feel.
  • If you find you are not getting enough sleep due to insomnia or because you find it hard to relax, classes in meditation, Tai Chi, Yoga, or using mindfulness techniques could help. If you still find getting adequate sleep a problem, seek professional help as chronic sleep deprivation can have problems for both physical and mental health.
  • Improve your diet, eat regular, healthy meals and take steps to achieve a sensible weight.
  • No one is suggesting you become ‘tea-total’ but avoid reliance on alcohol as a way to relax or unwind after work.
  • Being able to accept that ‘you can’t win ’em all’ – (in other words, that there are some things that are outside of your control you cannot do anything about) is a good way of helping to maintain a positive attitude through life trials!

Where to Find Extra Help

Ben Purcell points out that while the tips he lists above can do a lot to reduce the stress we experience and its bad effects on our health, seeking further is often the best option.

He explains that at his Bathurst Chiropractor practice, he is able to provide patients with a non-invasive method of testing, called NeuroInfiniti. This state of the art technology enables patients to get an accurate measure of how they are coping with the stresses that everyday life presents. This not only enables an understanding of what action to take to ‘rein in’ stress and avoid it from becoming a problem for their long-term physical and mental health.

If you would like to discover the treatment options and alternatives available to you at Bathurst Chiropractic, please call us on (02) 6331 1004 now.

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