Acupuncture for Management of Work-Related Stress and Anxiety

It seems that stress has become an all too familiar work companion for most people. Whether caused by work relationships, getting to and from work, or the work itself, stress shows up and the effects of it come in many forms.

What is stress?

It’s a normal physiological response to the demands of life, the physical adaptation to deal with the impending dangers of the natural world.  It can help improve your chances of survival by increasing hormone levels, heart rate, breathing and mental awareness. Stress can even assist you to work and perform more effectively when needed for your job when the pressures on.

Our bodies are designed to help us react to stressful events.  At the first sign of a threat, whether real or perceived, our sympathetic nervous system activates and facilitates our “fight or flight” response.  Our heart rate increases, our pupils dilate, and our digestion temporarily shuts down, directing more blood to our extremities, so that if need be, we can either fight what is threatening us or turn and run if it is too formidable.

When we are healthy and the stress is short-lived, we are usually able to recover without too much wear and tear on our overall health.  However if stress is on-going for a long period of time or becomes extreme, our emotional health and ultimately, our physical health begins to suffer.

The flight or fight response is great if we’re avoiding a car accident or responding to a bear sighting on a hike.  However, it the “threat” is a demanding boss, nasty co-worker or even a worrisome situation that is not being resolved, this response does not serve us as intended.  Quite often, the stress in our lives is long-term and as a result we find ourselves in a constant state of “flight or fight.”  Over time, this condition takes its toll. Cortisol, the body’s stress hormone elevates, blood pressure increases, and our immune function is suppressed. If not relieved, these symptoms will become worse and can develop into anxiety, depression, fatigue, digestive problems, tight shoulders, and tension headaches.  This continual stressed state is detrimental to your reserves of vitality and energy which begins to interfere with your ability to fight off disease.

 

 

 

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