Is stress ruining your life?
Do you recognise any of these symptoms?
Becoming easily agitated, frustrated and moody
Having difficulty relaxing & quietening your mind
Feeling bad about yourself, low self-esteem, low confidence
Upset stomach, IBS
Aches, pains & tense muscles
Insomnia & difficulty staying asleep
Frequent colds & infections
Dry mouth, difficulty swallowing
Clenched jaw & grinding teeth
You are not alone - a recent survey shows that stress levels are on the increase with more than 50% people in the UK feeling more stressed now than they did 10 years ago*.
What's the Solution?
Many people turn to sugary foods, take-aways and alcohol to help cope with modern city life, which risks our health in many ways and in turn leads to more stress on our body. Perhaps it's time to look at another solution - here are my top three tips for helping to manage your stress.
Consider Acupuncture. Well I would say that being an acupuncturist but this traditional therapy, based on principles which go back more than 2000 years is a great way to deal with some of the symptoms mentioned above. Research shows that it helps to release endorphins, the body's feel good hormones. Some time out from your busy life to have a session which is relaxing in itself, and the feeling stays and continues on through the week. I would be pleased to tell you about the patients we have helped to reduce their stress levels.
2. Get Moving
In Chinese Medicine we talk about emotions and the body as a whole and emotions like frustration and anger are often talked about when you are feeling stress. The Liver is said to be linked to the emotion of anger, and causes our energy to be come stuck or stagnate. One great way to get your Liver energy moving is to get out in the open and take a walk. The fresh air helps and the movement itself can help calm things down. Even just a quick walk around the block will sometimes do the trick.
3. Switch off the Technology
Ever caught yourself just checking your email or facebook one more time and then an hour goes past and the time is just lost. We spend a lot of time with technology these days and while there is a place for it - it's also a great idea to take a step back and have some time without. Perhaps pick up a book that you've been meaning to read, watch a good film (comedys are a great stress reliever too) and leave the phone and computer in the drawer for an hour or two. You could also take this further and have a technology free day - see how your life is different without the repeated ping of a new message.
Want to know more about how acupuncture could help you and your symptoms of stress.
To celebrate Acupuncture Awareness Week (2nd-8th March 2015) we're offering free stress relief treatments.
You can find out more on our website at
If you miss that - feel free to get in touch at any time and we'd be happy to answer your questions and talk about how acupuncture and diet and lifestyle changes could help your individual situation.
Enfield Community Acupuncture - is an affordable acupuncture clinic, based in Winchmore Hill. We work in a multi-bed setting, where you are treated in the room at the same time as others, which allows us to offer your treatment for less.
Acupuncture is available on a "Say What You Pay" sliding scale of £25-£45. We're currently open Friday mornings and planning for an evening session to start in Spring 2015.
If you'd like to know more information you can contact us through the details here
Enfield Community Acupuncture
* Survey on behalf of the British Acupuncture Council, 5000 UK adulys were questioned by One Poll, December 2014.
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