Stress and the Mind-body connection
Today, we are bombarded with stressful situations, busy schedules, and the never ending to-do list. It seems as though it is a badge of honor if you are busy or if you are constantly moving from one thing to the next. It isn't often recognized that physical impairments and manifestations of stress can have negative effects on our mental and emotional well- being. All too often, a pill is offered when anxious feelings, stress or depression is even mentioned.
Unfortunately the same holds true when it comes to physical symptoms. Physical injuries can have a large underlying cause being stress or emotional. However, those questions are rarely asked when discussing an injury with healthcare providers. It becomes very difficult to get well when you are stuck in the environment where the injury/sickness occurred. When those pesky injuries continue to return, there may be something deeper really going on in the system. A great discussion that touches more about mental health and the runner can be found here:
https://www.omegaprojectpt.com/post/mental-health-and-the-runner Within the entire body system, there is a circular relationship between your emotional well-being and your physical well-being. When there is stress (which can be good stress and bad stress) it puts a strain on the emotional system. The strain in the emotional system can lead to physical symptoms, injuries or illness. Unfortunately, it is not common to be provided with ways to help combat our stressor on a personal level that's why here at Omega Project, we want to provide you with the knowledge on how to boost your physical and emotional well-being.
We want to share with you how to add simple exercises and breathing techniques into your daily routine to help you control what you can when it comes to your daily stressors.
Along with physical ways to help reduce your stress and anxiety, acupuncture is also a good therapy option.
The basis of acupuncture is to use the thin needles to stimulate the smooth flow of blood and vital air (oxygen/ QI- energy) throughout the body. The ancient Chinese theories describe when there is a blockage in the QI or energy, symptoms will start to manifest throughout. These symptoms can be in relation to those experienced with anxiety and depression.
The small needles are used in specific points to help stimulate the nervous system. Through that stimulation, the brain releases endorphins to minimize symptoms and boost the immune system. From the ancient theories, with the stimulation of these points and release of endorphins, the blockages are removed from the meridians and a balance is created within the entire system helping to reduce stress/anxiety/depression.
If you would like to learn more about ways you can reduce your stress and anxiety and prevent the circular pattern of injury/illness, we are hosting a workshop NEXT Wednesday or Saturday. During this workshop, we will teach you different breathing techniques, stretches and foot grounding along with community acupuncture to help you reduce your stress and anxiety.
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