Integrative Health Blog

9 Ways to Manage Stress

Posted by on Tue, Nov 27, 2012

Bob Johnson DMD

With the holidays approaching our list of  “things to do” gets longer and longer.  But at the same time, the lines at the stores are longer. The traffic is heavier. We spend more money than usual. And then we have our expectations- of ourselves,  family, relationships, how this year will be…and you have the perfect storm for stress.

There are many techniques for managing stress and research into different ways to deal with stress would help your health dramatically. And not just during the holidays, but every day. 

Make a List of Stressors

I feel one of the most important stress busting techniques is to list areas of your life which stress you and assess why they stress you.  I have found that most areas of stress that adversely affected me were not worth being stressed about.  For example, worrying less of what others thought about me.  I also developed the ability to tackle projects quickly as procrastination resulted in heightening stress for me.

Some other areas of your life which may stress you include:

  • Negative relationships
  • Taking on more responsibility that you can handle
  • Poor eating habits
  • Too much sugar and caffeine consumption
  • Too little essential oil (fatty acids) consumption
  • Poor sleep
  • Financial concerns
  • Toxicity in your environment
  • Nutrient and hormonal imbalance

Develop These Stress Reducing Techniques to Dramatically Help Your Health

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Tags: stress

Boldy Go and Sit at Your Desk Pain Free

Posted by on Tue, Jul 17, 2012

Krista Merwede LMT

Patterns in the musculature of the body are defined by the movements that we do every day.  If we are spending 40 hours a weeks at a desk it is understandable that not just that the body will be affected, but that it will develop specific lines of tension.  The most common places for the desk worker to experience pain are in the back of the neck and around the shoulder blades.  Many patients come into the treatment room greatly concerned that there is something wrong with them because of the intensity of the symptoms.  This article will draw your attention to why the pain develops in these places and techniques that can be adapted to support the body's healthy structure. 
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Tags: neck pain, stress, massage

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles... How to Avoid Family Meltdowns

Posted by on Tue, Nov 22, 2011

The holiday season starts this week and that means travel for a lot of people. I started thinking about weather and airplanes and trains and crowded terminals and delayed flights. Imagining all the ways in which stress could get the better of us, I thought that this week I would talk a bit about how to avoid “personal and family meltdowns”.

Prepare for the Unexpected

Last winter in Washington, D.C. we had a January storm that came upon us fast. I left my job at 3 p.m. and due to the amount of snow falling and the amount of people driving on the roads, a trip that usually takes me 45 min. took me 10 hours!! Talk about your possible meltdown! All of us were in the same boat that day, never going above 10 mph for hours on end.

What saved me?

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Tags: stress, integrative health, anita's healthy tips, integrated health

Good Day Sunshine

Posted by on Tue, Nov 08, 2011

Healthy Tips

Do we need to experience hard times to create stress in our lives? No, we don’t...some of us do a good job of that all by ourselves regardless of what’s going on in the world around us.

We stress about how we look, how we don’t know what we should eat, how we don’t have any “down” time, how we haven’t been to the gym in a while, how cluttered the kitchen counter is, blah, blah, blah...

What if we were to understand that the road to wellness is paved with attention to our thoughts?

Wellness is not just about the broccoli, folks!

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Tags: stress, integrative health, integrative nutrition, anita's healthy tips, integrated health

Integrative Medicine Approach to Depression, Anxiety, and Mood Disorders

Posted by on Thu, Jun 03, 2010

Chas Gant MD, PhD

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Tags: depression, mental health, stress, integrative medicine