Stress, Anxiety, and Depression: Actionable Steps
So you’ve been to your doctor and after test results and discussion, it’s been determined that your condition is not severe. Now the ball’s in your court: how are you going to deal with the stress, anxiety, or depression you’re feeling every day?
One of the best ways to counteract chronic stress is to move. Seriously. We’re designed to move and it doesn’t have to be grandiose. Start an exercise regimen a few times a week, find a form of meditation that works for you, practice yoga, do some breathing exercises- any or all of the above. Use a DVD or go to a class.
You will find that your mind clears itself of problems while you’re physically engaged, and solutions might come to you exactly because you’ve put them on the back burner momentarily. At the same time, using up pent-up, excessive energy in a productive way satiates your body’s stress response, because it naturally wants to be expressed.
The next best way to combat everyday stress, anxiety, and depression is meditation. We know, it’s not easy to commit to a practice, but like everything else in modern 21st Century life, make it work for you.
The best method we know to become lighter in mind and body is through a series of acupuncture treatments. Yes we’re prejudiced, but we also see the results day in and day out, and we use it ourselves. We’re reassured by the high-quality research studies on acupuncture and the nervous system, because it backs up what we know with science. We are westerners, and find our patients are comforted by evidence-based medicine, too.
Acupuncture treatments with the focus of relieving stress and anxiety gives the patient the ability to regain control of emotions and become proactive in finding options to combat the stress. When you’re able to think more clearly and make choices that benefit you, this has a dimensionally net-positive effect on your life. If you want some examples of this, read through some of our Testimonials page.
We also recommend dietary and lifestyle changes, by reducing caffeine and taking an anti-anxiety herbal formula at the beginning. Qi gong and tai ji are invaluable forms of movement in reducing the effects of chronic stress, anxiety, and depression because they leave you feeling serene and give you a unique workout at the same time, stretching, strengthening, and clearing the mind all at once.
Beyond acupuncture treatments, learning healthful lifestyle habits that include quality sleep, exercising, and eating better in general can help you keep stress, anxiety, and depression at bay. At Mountaintop Acupuncture, improving and maintaining a high quality of life is our goal for you.