stress

FEELING STRESSED?

Overwhelmed?

Burning the candle at both ends?

 

How do our treatments Help?

To understand this, let’s look at what happens when you get stressed.

When you are stressed you develop tension. This tension literally causes a tightening of your body’s soft tissue and muscles. Different people hold tension in different parts of their bodies – in their necks, backs, shoulders, forearms and even chest or abdomen.

This tightening causes your Qi to get stuck.

Qi (pronounced chee) is energy, the energy of life. This energy flows through your body. It’s Qi (energy) that mobilizes our arms and legs to move, our stomach to digest food, our heart to pump and blood to flow. Without Qi, we’re dead, lifeless.

Basically Qi could be called the electro-magnetic currents that your nervous system sends its communication through.

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When you get tense the Qi flowing through your body and organs gets stuck.  The stuck Qi builds up, like a pressure cooker, and eventually needs an escape valve.

You may get angry and have an outburst. When Qi in the stomach gets stuck, you may have digestive problems such as acid regurgitation or heartburn.

The Qi gets stuck, and can’t flow down, so it moves upward and escapes through the mouth.  Some people inherit bowel problems such as IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) because this stuck Qi cannot move food through the intestines properly.

Have you ever been angry and felt the Qi rising to your head.  Maybe you felt warm or turned red in the face?  This happens because the stuck Qi building up has to be released.  It moves up into the head and can cause migraines, tension headaches or even high blood pressure.

Our treatments can help with all kinds of wellness problems caused by stress, by unblocking stuck Qi, and allowing it to flow properly throughout the body.  When you feel more relaxed then food is digested smoothly and moves through the bowels properly.

As your tension is relieved, so are your headaches.  Instead of being tense and angry, you remain calm as well as your blood pressure and temper.

Stress is our internal response to outside stimuli.  The issue is not what is happening or what you are doing, but how you are reacting to it. By modifying the way we respond and react to external triggers and by adjusting the way we live, we can create a great improvement in our health and in our overall resistance to stress.

7 Secrets to Help you Overcome Stress:

1.  Walk away from it  Walking is a great way to move Qi, so that it doesn’t get stuck.  Sometimes while you’re walking you’ll see a new way to solve the problem.  Somehow in the fresh air things don’t seem as bad – and you relax.

2.  Breathe  When life gets overwhelming, take a deep breath and then slowly release it.  Watch the breath, as it comes in and as it goes out.  Meditation requires you to focus on something other than your problems, such as your breath, relaxing music or guided imagery.  In doing so, you get your mind off your troubles – and when you come back they just don’t seem so bad.  People with regular meditation practices consistently report that they are calmer and less reactive to stress triggers.

3.  Do one thing at a time  Avoid multi-tasking. Trying to do too many things simultaneously inherently causes tension. Prioritize, and then calmly and efficiently work down the list, one by one.

4.  Shorten the list  When you’re feeling overwhelmed because of too many to-do’s, cross some off the list.  Reduce the list to your six most important items.  Deadlines can be postponed, and some things will just have to wait.

5.  Get help  Often we feel there’s just too much to do and not enough hours in the day.  Don’t try to be superwoman/man.  Enlist aid to get the must-do’s done.  Often people around us are not aware that we need help because we’re not telling them.

6.  Attend to your financial health  Financial stress can be insidious, affecting our emotions, sleep and physical well being.  If your income fluctuates, be sure to save enough during the higher months to cover your expenses during the lean months.  Is your nest egg large enough to cover unexpected expenses, or sudden changes in employment? (This is usually eight months expenses kept in cash in the bank.)  Having a plan and knowing that you are in control of your finances can go a long way towards relieving this kind of pressure.

7.  Have fun  What’s life but to be enjoyed? When your troubles are mounting, go do something you love. It’s hard to be tense when you’re having fun. So whether it’s dinner with friends, watching a favorite movie or a bubble bath, be sure to make joy part of your routine!

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