From Surviving To Thriving:Natural Alternatives For Stress ManagementDr. Janet McKenzie, NDSummit Natural Health Centre
What Is Stress?Life’s demands seems to heavyFeel tense, anxious, heart beats too fastIs it always bad?
What Is Stress?Any factor – physical or emotional – thatthreatens healthRequires response or change
How Do You Know You’re Stressed? Tired, can’t sleep or sleep too much Change in mood: worried, anxious, depressed Aches and pains Digestive symptoms: heartburn, indigestion, change in bowel or bladder habits Increased use of : cigarettes, alcohol, coffee, comfort food
How Do You Know You’re Stressed?Signs of stress: Change in vital signs: pulse, respirations,blood pressure Changes in blood/urine chemistry Changes in stress hormones (cortisol,adrenaline) Usually, a report of symptoms (previousslide) is enough for a diagnosis
What’s The Big Deal?Stress makes us vulnerable to otherillnessesStress depresses the immune systemStress elevates cortisol Cortisol increases blood glucose Cortisol increases fat deposits, especially on the abdomen
What Should I Do About It?Make stress management part of your everyday lifestyle.
What Is “Stress Management”?Stress management is the use of specificskills that help reduce the health impactsof negative stress by invoking the“relaxation response”Some examples of stress managementtechniques are deep breathing, the use ofmental imagery and progressive musclerelaxationChanges
What Should I Do About It?Learn to recognize how stress affects youCounter these effects with “stress-busters”
Stress-BustersSimply your life by saying “No” more often“Let go, and let God…”Treat yourselfExercise – your body AND your sense ofhumourEat well, sleep wellShare your concerns
Stress-BustersSeek help when overwhelmedLearn to use relaxation techniques suchas mental imaging, Emotional FreedomTechnique (Tapping), progressive musclerelaxation and diaphragmatic breathing
4 Cycle BreathingBreathe from your tummyBreathe in to a slow count of 4Hold for a slow count of 4Breathe out for a slow count of 41 cycle = 4 deep breathsDo 4 cycles per day
How Can Naturopathy Help?Naturopathic medicine is a distinct systemof primary health care that addresses theroot cause of illness and promotes healthusing natural therapies.Naturopathic doctors are highly educatedprimary care providers who integratestandard diagnostic tests with a broadrange of natural therapies.Naturopathic doctors work collaborativelywith you to ensure your needs are met by
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