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Stress Management

The Epidemic of Chronic Stress

Chronic stress is a huge problem in our modern world. Based on a 2023 survey by the American Psychological Association, stress levels in America are on the rise.

 

Not all stress is bad for us. Little bits of stress in life can actually help us focus and get things done. A temporary increase in stress bumps up our adrenaline level which can increase our concentration and alertness. Remember: stress should ideally be a temporary event.

 

Chronic stress is completely different. It elevates our adrenaline levels day after day, and doesn't allow our body or mind to quiet down and rest. Chronic stress can increase inflammation inside our body, can disrupt the Autonomic Nervous System balance within our body and can result in symptoms such as:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Digestive issues

  • Headaches

  • Muscle tension and pain

  • Cardiovascular disease (high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke)

  • Weakened immune system

  • Unexplained changes in weight (loss or gain)

  • Sleep issues

  • Memory and concentration issues

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Courtesy of American Psychological Association

Stress Management Techniques

It is not logical (or possible) for each of us to eliminate stress from our lives but we can try to manage stress better by using some tools to create a protective bubble around ourselves so that stress will essentially "bounce" right off.

Here are some well-researched techniques that can help to manage stress:

  • Journaling

  • Expressive writing

  • Expressing emotions through a creative process such as art or music

  • Spending time in nature

  • Meditation

  • Breathing exercises

  • Helping others

  • Spending time in the company of others who are happy and make you happy

  • Set boundaries for yourself (turn off your phone at night, be selective about how you share your time with obligations)

  • Improve your sleep

  • Drink more water (most of us do not drink enough water)

  • Laugh more (you'd be amazed at how powerful this little tool is!)

  • Vagus nerve stimulation

Keep in mind that you may need to try different techniques to find one that best suits you. Dr. Wang is familiar with most of these techniques and can help you find one that best fits your personality and lifestyle.

Courtesy of The Art of Living Foundation @YouTube

Stress Management Resources

Recommended Reading

 

1. The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron

2. Back In Control by Dr. David Hanscom

3. The Mind-Body Prescription by Dr. John Sarno

 

Breathing Techniques

1.  Straw breath

 

2.  Alternate nostril breathing

3.  Art of Living Breathing Meditation Courses

4. Art of Living: Project Welcome Home Troops (for veterans, active military and family members) https://projectwelcomehometroops.org/

Courtesy of The Art of Living Foundation @YouTube

Courtesy of The Art of Living Foundation @YouTube

Contact our office to schedule an evaluation today.

At The Orofacial Pain Center, we are dedicated to helping you find relief.

Call us today: 773.873.6372

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