Stress is a very common topic of conversation in our practice, and for good reason – the current stats say that over 90% of all illness has its root cause in stress. Regardless, there are simple things we can do to help our bodies cope and thrive in the face of challenge.
Stress is a very common topic of conversation in our practice, and for good reason – the current stats say that over 90% of all illness has its root cause in stress. The other fraction is genetic.
Stress isn’t just emotional – it can be physical, such as microtrauma caused by bad posture day in, day out, or chemical, with the more obvious ones being cigarettes and alcohol and the less obvious being pesticides and air pollutants.
A lot of these stressors are unavoidable – we can’t help the air we breathe, for example. Regardless, there are simple things we can do to help our bodies cope and thrive in the face of challenge.
Meditation is hands-down one of the best ways to calm your stress and boost your brain health. Studies have shown an increase in cortical thickness, i.e. a bigger brain, in as little as 8 weeks of a beginners meditation course. It also decreases anxiety and depression, and boosts your immune system, helping your body fight off chemical nasties. If you’re reading this thinking “I’ve tried, it doesn’t work for me”, well, I’ve been there too. Start with sitting down for 2 minutes and day, and try again.
Lying on a posture pole for just 10 minutes a day both calms emotional stress and reduces physical stress. This is because straightening your spine, opening your chest and relaxing your muscles calms your sympathetic, or fight-flight, nervous system, putting the body into a physiological state of relaxation whilst counter-acting the forward posture we find ourselves in when we sit at a desk all day. This is a great place to do your meditation!
Chemical exposure, that is. This sounds hard at first, but it doesn’t have to be. It can be as simple as a few swaps. Next time you buy clothes washing powder, opt for an eco-friendly brand instead of a bright purple one full of fragrances (aka artificial and bad for you). Instead of ducking down to Coles on Saturday morning, grab a basket and go to the local farmers markets. For our local Maylands patients, Perth City Farmer’s Market is just 5 minutes away in East Perth! There are heaps of internet resources on reduce your toxic load of everyday product use – a quick Google will give you more information.
See you at your next visit!