Are you tired? Do you feel like, more often then not, you are operating under stress?

If stress is just something you have gotten use to living with on a daily basis, you should consider what it does to your body.

Did you know that stress affects nearly all of your body systems?!

Let that sink in.

Chronic stress can affect your immune system, reproductive system, digestive system and more. Stress also plays a huge role in premature aging as well as putting you at increased risk for heart attack and/or stroke.

When we let stress become a normal every day part of our lives it makes it very hard to recognize the symptoms.

Some signs that you could be operating under chronic stress:

1. you have an inability to concentrate

2. you have short term memory loss

3. you are in a constant state of worry

4. you are often anxious

5. you may experience depression or mood swings

6. your body is often in pain or aching

7. you have a low libido

8. you are chronically tired

9. you frequently get sick (cold, flu, etc.)

10. you turn to escapist behaviors (alcoholism, smoking, etc.)

If you can identify with more than 5 of the above, this could be a good indicator that you may be living under chronic stress. Our bodies tend to carry stress in our neck, shoulders and hips. Stress can and will take a toll on our bodies, if we allow it to. It is so important to be able to recongize stress when we are experiencing it and to try to eliminate it as much as we possibly can.

Stress comes in various forms and although at times it may seem unavoidable, there are plenty of things we can do to try to alleviate it. We have come up with a few ideas for you to incorporate into your daily life to help reduce your stress levels, boost you immune system and increase your overall health:

1. Exercise - make sure you are being active on a daily basis. 20-30 minutes of aerobic activity will release endorphins putting you in a better mood and reducing your perception of pain.

2. Get Rest - carve out time to relax and take breaks even when you may not feel like it, your body will thank you!

3. Community - meeting and/or talking with others on an emotional level is hugely important to combating thoughts of depression. It also releases hormones that will improve overall mood and help aleviate stress.

4. Eat Healthy - Eating nutrient dense, whole foods is an excellent way to improve your immune health and to decrease stress. When we are stressed we often turn to convenient, processed and greasy foods, all of which are ineffective in helping our body alleviate the state of stress we are in.

There are so many ways to help combat stress. The suggestions listed above are just the beginning of what you can do to implement healthy habits into your everyday life.

If you would like to consult with Dr. David about additional way to address your specific situation, please give us a call.

We hope you have a fantastic week! Stay Healthy and stress free!

Rise2Health Staff

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