While the holiday season can bring great joy, it can also be stressful. With all the preparations, shopping and social events, we sometimes find ourselves physically and mentally exhausted during the month of December. Elevated stress levels can potentially affect overall health.
When a person experiences exhaustion, the sympathetic nervous system is activated, controlling the body’s response to stress. Cortisol levels increase, elevating heart rate, blood pressure, inflammation, and affecting the immune system. Prolonged stress can have long-term health consequences. Here are some signs that your body is experiencing stress:
- .Mood swings
- Unable to relax
- Body aches
- Digestive problems
- to focus
- Change in appetite
Acupuncture as Holiday Stress Buster
If you feel that holiday stress is getting to you, acupuncture therapy can help. Acupuncture, when performed by a licensed professional, can be pain-free and address a number of health problems.
By scheduling acupuncture during the holiday season, you can take some time for self-care and relaxation. It is a proven stress-management technique that helps keep both body and mind calm and energized. By correcting energy imbalances and helping the body cope with anxiety, this therapeutic treatment is an excellent way to handle holiday stress. Professional acupuncturists used the meridian system to boost natural energy. The body is recharged, the spirit lifted, and the mind is calmed. By targeting certain points in the body, acupuncture stimulates both the nervous system and neural pathways to release endorphins (hormones that make us feel good).
Below are some more tips to help you handle holiday stress:
- Include fruits and vegetables in a healthy and balanced diet.
- Get ample sleep to keep both body and mind healthy and energized.
- Take time for regular exercise like walking, running, or yoga.
Before the year ends, book an appointment with Toronto Orthoneuro Physiocare: (416) 533-3900. Our attentive staff will be happy to share information about all our services and create a wellness plan for you. Make this year’s holiday season a stress-free and healthy one!