I suspect COVID-19 might be reaching for a top spot when this survey is re-done.
Before studying Chinese Medicine I had very little awareness of my body. How it worked. My learning isn't just about Chinese Medicine, it is about broadening my understanding of everything to do with being human.
And stress is all-pervasive it is a really important subject. It can happen during the happiest of moments, like planning a wedding, or from the worst moments such as death of loved one.
In acute moments it can be useful. It can save our lives.
These two pictures highlight the very simple and instantaneous reaction that happens when we perceive stress. They happen before we are even aware. How amazing is our body?
But what happens when we are chronically stressed?
It affects our immunity
It damages our blood vessels and arteries and can cause weight gain
Unfortunately, from WHO guidance, there is not much that Western medicine can do.
And so could we look at alternatives? Could you make a choice as to how you want to cope with stress?
Acupuncture for stress
Acupuncture doesn't have a label for stress. Your stress is individual to you. You will have your own signs and symptoms.
Your practitioner would want to know how your stress manifests and will help work through those.
Tai Chi & Qi Gong for stress
These are also traditional Chinese exercises which may help you alleviate some of the symptoms of stress.
Peter Deadman is a practitioner of Qi Gong and you can see his YouTube channel here
Some other techniques you might consider using
But deep down, I always think you need to think about your root cause of the stress.
Making change can be really hard. And some situations are just not possible to change.
All of these techniques will help you.
If you have any questions at all. Please get in touch.
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