It’s a 6-letter word with messy implications! It starts and ends with the letter ‘S’. Everyone experiences it to some capacity and it affects every aspect of your life. Can you guess what it is?
Hello. I am Dr. Maryam Boushehri, a local chiropractor in Cedar Park, TX. I am honored to write a segment in Teresa’s newsletter this month.
You see, there are 3 types of stress, and on a daily basis you and your body deal with all of them.
1. Physical - stress can start as early as birth. This can be a traumatic process with long lasting neurological effects. As we learn to stand, walk, play sports, sit at a desk, use mobile devices, experience car accidents, carry boxes, groceries and furniture we endure physical stress on the body. These micro traumas can add up to result in degenerative arthritis, poor posture, in some instances scoliosis, and debilitating pain. You are sure to have experienced this type of stress and can probably relate to how it makes you feel.
2. Emotional - Would you agree that pain makes us grumpy and short tempered and impatient? We can’t focus on tasks at hand and we have less tolerance for the challenges of life. This type of stress has direct effects on our mood and mental function. If you have experienced sadness, foul mood, grief, depression, and loss, you know the effects of mental and emotional stress on the physical body. Muscles get tight, posture changes, the individual becomes closed and hunches over, facial expressions change, trigger points and radiating pain develop within muscles and scar tissue begins to form. If you see a chiropractor, acupuncturist or massage therapist you may feel the heat, inflammation, and ‘knots’ in areas you were not even aware of!
3. Chemical - Have you noticed that after a long and stressful day, when you don’t feel well, you tend to be run down more and get sick easily? There is a good reason for that: stress affects your immune system and makes you more susceptible to disease. Do you reach for comfort food when you don’t feel well? More often than not the go-to choices are potato chips, alcohol, ice cream, cookies, cheese and crackers, chocolate and cakes. This is an example of chemical stress. What we put on and into our bodies – what we drink, what we breathe, the lotion, skin and hair products and the food that we eat – has a direct impact on our systems at the cellular level. Your liver has to process what enters the body in the blood stream and the intestines have to absorb what we ingest as ‘food’. We really are what we eat. If your diet consists of inflammatory refined carbohydrates, hydrogenated fat, and cheap fast food your body will feel the effects. As a result, your mood, mental capacity, and attitude will change and the cycle will continue until you decide to take action and make a change.
So you see, the 3 types of stress affect every aspect of our lives. In practice, I see a wide variety of clients -- different age groups, different goals, different lifestyles, and different motivations for their visits to my office. I can share with you that what they all have in common is a general excitement about life and an enthusiastic attitude about what they can achieve and where they are headed. I can also say that many of them didn't start that way and it's realistic to anticipate a few bumps in the road, but at some point, they made a decision to put themselves and their health first. Teresa can tell you that this is in fact true with her clients too.
If you are experiencing challenges with handling stress and looking for answers, you are reading this message at the right place at the right time. The next step is your willingness to do something about it and reaching out for help. If you are committed to improving your life, then you must spend more time with the people who can get you there. A knowledgeable life coach, a professional organizer, a skilled chiropractor, a holistic family practitioner, a great massage therapist, a psychiatrist, an acupuncturist, or a physical therapist may be the professional(s) whose assistance and opinion you seek. When you are ready, reach out and ask for help. Your mind and your body will thank you!
Yours in Health,
Dr. Maryam Boushehri
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Teresa partners with motivated people who keep getting knocked down by life changes and loss who want to build resiliency and move forward in life. Together we work to move forward to live boldly and fulfilled. Do you or anyone you know want support to move forward and deal with stress? Please share, like and let’s connect.
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Peace, Love, & Blessings,
Teresa Bitner, PMP, M. Ed, ACC
Resiliency, Change and Loss Specialist
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