By Dr. Martia C. Thigpen, D.C. & Dr. Ivory T. Thigpen, D.C. of Restore Chiropractic

1. Set your priorities
Stress is the enemy of good health. Stress robs us of our time and demands our attention. One way to reduce the stress in your life is to prioritize your day. Don’t feel pressured to do it all and be everything everyone. Take a minute to rank those activities that mean the most to you and focus on those.

2. Take time for yourself
Self-care is the most basic and essential form of healthcare. With busy schedules, people often forget to take breaks. Whether prayer time, quiet time, recreational time, or even short power naps; consider scheduling time for yourself to do something relaxing and enjoyable. It is important to take care of yourself and seek support when needed to reduce stress.

3. Exercise
Exercising, as little as 10-15 minutes, has generally been effective at easing stress, boosting immunity, and increasing overall bodily function. Additionally, exercise has been shown to reduce the frequency and duration of migraines, as well as lessen the pain and disability of fibromyalgia, sciatica, and whiplash.* Your chiropractor can help you find safe, effective ways to exercise and keep your energy level up.

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4. Watch what you eat
Over-eating or eating from stress to make you feel better can actually make you feel worse in the end. Developing a balanced healthy eating plan and getting adequate levels of vitamin and minerals such as Vitamin C and Omega 3 fatty acids can help your body’s response to stress.* Your chiropractor can advise you on healthy eating habits and nutrition.

5. Chiropractic Adjustments
Finally, visit your chiropractor. Chiropractic care itself can help you manage your pain and stress level. In fact, a research study in 2010 showed that chiropractic adjustments helped reduce levels of cortisol, a stress hormone known to cause inflammation and irritation.* Proper care of your physical frame and body is the best way to ensure a healthier and better quality of life.

For more information on how to have better health visit our website: RestoreHealth-SC.com.

 

 

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