New Year, new you! At least, that’s what we always tell ourselves. But how successful have you really been in shaping yourself into the “new you” that was supposed to blow the “old you” away? You may have committed to some of your New Year’s resolutions (while dropping others), and you may be kinder, nicer, and more patient to your family, friends, and even the random strangers on the street, but how long can you last?
The truth of the matter is, it will always be difficult to turn into a “new you”, no matter how many New Year’s resolutions you mark on your list. Why? Because the same problems that bothered and annoyed us from last year are bound to come back this year, and it’s only a matter of time until you respond to them the same way. And how? With stress.
Stress. The only way you are ever really going to change is by solving your stress. But before you can solve it, you must first understand it.
What Is Stress, and How Does It Affect Me?
You know what stress is. It’s the weight on your chest when you’re about to give a big presentation; it’s the sweat on your palms as you tell someone some bad news; it’s the twitching in your fingers and in your head when you miss out on something you wanted.
But what is it really? Stress, in physiological terms, is the body’s response to certain triggers. These triggers include situations that make us uncomfortable, related to anything from relationships to work to money to countless other things. When you feel uncomfortable, the part of your brain called the hypothalamus releases hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol.
These hormones put your mind and body into a sort of overdrive. Your energy levels are increased, your glucose in your bloodstream is heightened, and your blood pressure and heart rate are elevated. A hundred other things happen too, including the temporary pause of your digestive system (there’s a reason why you usually don’t feel hungry when you’re anxiously awaiting bad news, unless you stress eat, of course).
After your uncomfortable situation has passed, your body goes back to its normal state. Your hormones return to regular levels, your heart rate and blood pressure go back down, and everything starts running at its usual pace. However, the modern world regularly places us in stressful situation after stressful situation, preventing us from returning to our “normal” state for extended periods of time.
This extended state of stress can hurt us in so many ways, causing both psychological and physical problems. Psychologically, we may become depressed, run out of motivation, experience severe anxiety and restlessness. Physically, we may experience chest pain, sleeping problems, muscle tension, headaches, fatigue, high blood pressure, and so many more.
Being stuck in extended periods of stress (a bad relationship or a tough job) forces people to develop strategies to deal with their constant states of heightened anxiety. These coping strategies can include smoking, drinking, or other ways to vent their anger, many of which are generally unhealthy or addictive.
Managing Your Stress
Managing your stress is a huge step towards improving your mental health and physical health. While it would be great to remove ourselves from our stressful situations, this isn’t always possible, and instead, we must look for healthy solutions to deal with this barrage of stress and anxiety.
You may have tried other means to manage your stress in the past: smoking, drinking, playing video games, exercising, taking up a new hobby. However, if you still find yourself stuck in a loop of stress, then it may be time to try something new.
To truly create a “new you” for this New Year, perhaps it’s time to make a big step towards a new stress management direction. And that step?
First Choice Chiropractic: New Patient Offers
Chiropractic has been proven to be one of the best ways to help people relieve themselves of stress. Many who have undergone chiropractic treatment for the first time have found themselves free of the symptoms caused by stress for the first time in years.
At First Choice Chiropractic, the top Brisbane Chiropractor team you can find, we provide New Patient Offers. We believe that many new patients simply need to see it for themselves, experiencing the amazing benefits of chiropractic treatment personally to truly value what a trained and professional team of chiropractors can do for them.
Our two New Patient Offers include the New Patient Chiropractic Offer and the New Patient Massage Offer, for patients who want to familiarize themselves with who we are and what we provide without investing the full amount.
Find the “New You” Today
So what are you waiting for? Truly create the “New You” that you’ve been waiting for all these years. Relieve yourself of the stress and pain that holds you back, and feel younger than you’ve felt in a long time. Visit First Choice Chiropractic today, the best Brisbane Chiropractor team in town, and get the best out of our New Patient Offers!