Simple Ways to Cope With (& Minimize) Stress

Reduce Overwhelm, Feel Better

You deserve to feel vibrant, energetic and active. We take this seriously.

Are you currently feeling like the dazzling woman that you are? Or, are you like me and feeling the pressures of motherhood, work, life, home and all the other spinning plates?

Stress is a normal part of life. We all feel it, but what happens when the stress starts to outweigh the calm and centered?

As a holistic physical therapy practice we understand the deep connection between mental, emotional and physical stresses on your body and mind.

Those aches and pains you’re feeling in your hips, back, shoulders and head might just be a result of stress, anxiety and tension you’re holding in your body. But there’s so much you can do about it, right now!

Ways to cope with and minimize stress:

  1. Breathe.

Breathe. Obviously. Breathe in for a count of 4, pause for a count of 4, and breathe out for a count of 8. The long exhale is especially important. For now, we aren’t going to talk about how to breathe or why this will help. Just start.

Do this in the car or in bed or at your desk or while watching TV or reading a book. Do 5 or 10 breaths whenever you think of it.

2. Relax Muscles.

Learning to relax your muscles is a gateway to relaxing your entire fight or flight nervous system which is a main driver of most chronic pain, chronic illness, hormonal and autoimmune issues. 

Here is a link to a short, guided pelvic floor relaxation. The pelvic floor is often the root of where we hold stress. 

3. Do Less. Without Guilt.

How about that?

Rest without feeling guilty. Let the house be a little messier that you usually might.

Walk briskly for 30 minutes and let go of the hour-long workout you used to do in college and before kids.

You do not have to volunteer for everything at school unless you really love it. It is enough to get your children to school on time. Usually.

Use your sitter time to stay home and relax.

Busy busy busy busy leads to stress(even when you don’t feel stressed). Stress leads to wonky hormones, body tension/pain and GI distress.

4. Get Counseling or Support of an Expert.

Whether is is spiritual or secular or traditional or energetic, anyone with a health problem needs a go at mental health counseling, and a holistic physical therapist.

The number one traditional medical recommendation for Irritable Bowel Syndrome is mental health counselling, for example.

The stress, anxiety, depression or worry can contribute to the problem, or result from the problem but either way, counselling and a women’s health phsyical therapist can help you sort through both the emotional and physical side of things. The mind cannot be separated from the body.

Can’t find a counselor you love? Contact us, we have some incredible recommendations. 

Caring for yourself and your body can be hard. If you’re not feeling like yourself, or you’re having pain, please find a physical therapist near you to help. Visit www.breathedsm.com for more resources.  

Ready to feel vibrant, energetic and active again? Schedule an appointment with us!