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Reduce Stress Using Acupuncture and Healthy Sleep

I'm very excited to offer today's blog post, courtesy of sleephelp.org

Feeling stressed? You're not alone. Stress afflicts eight in 10 Americans according to a recent Gallup poll. Often women, parents, younger generations, and those with lower household incomes experience stress at a higher rate.

Although stress is a natural reaction designed to help you face short-term threats, feeling stressed on a regular basis can have a negative effect on your health. Fatigue, heart disease, and slower recovery from illness are just a few of the consequences of chronic stress.

But reducing your stress levels can offer relief and alleviate some of the health risks of stress. While it's not always easy to stop stress from entering your life, you can better manage your reaction to stress and focus on stress-relieving measures.

Sleep and stress often go hand in hand. When you're stressed, you may find it difficult to fall asleep. And when you're sleep deprived, you may struggle to manage stress healthily. Research indicates people who are sleep deprived experience greater subjective stress, anxiety, and anger than those who are well rested. In other words, your threshold for dealing with stress is lower, and you feel more stressed out when you're short on sleep.

Healthy Ways to Manage Stress

Alleviating stress can help you sleep, which may further reduce your stress levels.

 

  • Identify and avoid stress whenever possible. Keep a journal and highlight the times of day and activities that make you feel the most stressed. Consider whether you can eliminate these activities, or plan ahead and take steps, so they are less stressful. For example, if you struggle with getting to work on time, consider shifting your bedtime earlier so you can wake up with enough time to leave.

  • Seek acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture treatment can be a good choice for treating stress you can't shake off, so talk to your practitioner about alleviating stress with acupuncture. In a meta-analysis of acupuncture for anxiety disorders, researchers found acupuncture can be used to treat anxiety and offer fewer side effects than conventional treatment such as medication. Acupuncture was also found to improve sleep, depression, and stress in the elderly.

  • Make sleep a priority. Sleeping well puts you in a better position to manage stress healthily. Be sure you're making time for adequate rest every night, and talk to your doctor if you struggle with sleep disorders such as insomnia or sleep apnea. Carefully consider your sleep environment, choosing a mattress that contours your body, and making sure your bedroom is a calm, relaxing environment free of distractions that could keep you from sleeping well at night.

  • Focus on relaxation throughout the day. Acupuncture can help you mitigate the effects of stress, but it's not the only option. Consider other activities that can help you shake off stress, such as exercise, yoga, meditation, and reaching out for support from friends and family members.

  • Talk to a mental health professional. If you're unable to manage your stress or you feel overwhelmed, a mental health professional can help you better deal with stress.

Stress happens, but it doesn't have to affect your life negatively. Use acupuncture, sleep, and healthy stress management techniques to alleviate stress and improve your well being.

Now Enrolling! Fertility Empowerment School

Happy Summer Solstice!  How are you feeling these days?  I'm grateful for being able to put in several hours of work and still have plenty of time to spend outdoors; what a gift!

I wanted to tell you about the current state of my practice.  Some of you are aware that I am evolving into the Wellness Coaching space, and am working with clients differently than I used to.  I still have my Acupuncture practice and see patients clinically, but my passion lies in coaching!  What this means is that I now work with clients globally and am here to serve them while they are trying to reach their highest potential in their health and well being.  My clients report that coaching is the missing link that they did not realize they needed.  It's a system that is designed to serve and support, while allowing the client to work through their own resistance, coming out stronger and more empowered than ever before.

Speaking of Empowerment, I am excited to announce that my latest group program, 'The Fertility Empowerment School', is going to launch soon.  This program has been in my head 10+ years, and is the result of my observations while working with fertility patients in a clinical setting.  Many times, these patients came to me after several months or years of trying to conceive, and they were so burnt out by the process.  They were often stressed and in a constant reactive state, which made conceiving a baby complicated and unnecessarily difficult.  Stress symptoms often resulted such as poor sleep, anxiety, depression, and digestive imbalances, making it difficult for the body to respond in a homeostatic, (balanced) state. 

My goal with this program is to help women become empowered in their journey to fertility.  Whether they conceive immediately or take longer, they will have the tools to practice resilience so that they will come out of the process with an awareness and a sense of empowerment that they never knew they had.  

Some topics will include: 

  • diet and how to recognize your body's own nuances to processing foods, and how to feed your body what it needs. 
  • learning about the menstrual cycle and your body's own individual signs
  • how to handle a bad day or bad news with grace, so that it does not't stick with you for long
  • learning about how to elevate your body, mind, and spirit long term so that you are prepared in every way for any outcome, at any time.  

If this sounds like a program for you or someone you know, please email me with the words, 'tell me more', and I will keep you posted.  It is my goal to serve with an open heart, an open mind, and empower my clients so that they can live the life of their dreams.  

Please feel free to share this post with anyone you know, and keep an eye on my website for more information.  In the meantime, have a look at this video, which gave me a big boost when I really needed it.  As Gabby Bernstein states, 'when you feel you've surrendered, surrender some more'.