Manage Your Stress – Talk on 28th April at noon

Acupuncturist and Naturopath Kevin Callan discusses the benefits of stress management in his talk ‘Manage Your Stress’ in the elbowroom on Saturday April 28th at noon. Places for this informative talk are limited, so please book in advance!

Here’s a brief summary of what Kevin will cover on the day:

‘There is nothing quite so common that presents in my clinic room as stress. We are all very well aware that at certain times we may feel stress. It is an inevitable part of life. However, it does become a significant health concern when periods of stress become on going.
It has a very real and worrying contributing effect to nearly every health complaint you can think of. Not least of course it makes for a life less likely to be filled with joy and satisfaction.  It is such a slippery thing to deal with because there are so many contributing factors.

Here are some of the general areas that I address over a course of treatments that is designed to help my clients identify and manage stress more effectively.

Signs of stress include

•    Lowered mood
•    Anxiety
•    Poor Motivation
•    Feeling isolated
•    Irritable mood
•    Poor memory and concentration
•    Loss of appetite
•    Increased appetite
•    Poor Sleep
•    Aggravated health complaints

Some solutions that I will discuss at the talk include:

•    Task Management
Identify what your stressors are. Identify what you can do and what you can’t.

•    Nutrition
When we have constant low or medium levels of stress we have a greater demand for good nutrition.

•    Eat healthy whole foods
Try and get a variety of vegetables in your midday and evening meal. Make fruits and unsalted nuts your snacks in between meals to keep your blood sugar balanced.

•    Keep sugary foods to a minimum
If you’ve been to any of my previous talks you will know that I find sugar to be a major culprit in heightened stress levels and poor mood.

•    Take an extra B vitamin
B vitamins are the nutrients of the nervous system.  Its important to have extra during times of stress.

•    Keep empty stimulants to a minimum
Remember things like alcohol and caffeine may lift or even your mood for a time but they wreak havoc with blood sugar management and are a significant draw on your nutrition at a time when you need all the goodness you can get.

•    Hydration
Most of us are dehydrated. Excitory hormones like adrenalin and cortisol are increased. This feeds into the vicious cycle of having a heightened stress response to certain life factors which leads many of to increase stimulants and decrease healthy foods which in turn increases stress.

So join me for this informative talk and live a more stress free life!

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About the author: Kevin Callan

Kevin Callan

Here is a little about me and what brought me to be working in this field of health care. I have always had a keen interest in holistic medicine. Both my parents used various types of alternative medicine to manage the families health and so I had first hand experience of the exciting possibilities offered by holistic and preventative medicine. Upon finishing secondary school I was accepted on to the UK’s first Degree program in Complementary Medicine. This was a Bachelor of Science degree in the Health Sciences at the University of Central Lancashire. The course provided me with a great foundation in all the Health Sciences e.g. Physiology, Biochemistry, Psychology, Counselling, Social sciences and Research techniques. During my studies I had a course of Acupuncture treatment for a health complaint and was hugely impressed by its effectiveness. I was primarily impressed by the sophistication of its diagnostic technique and its focus on using these insights to educate and empower the client to maximise their own health. After carrying out some research, I settled on the College of Naturopathic Medicine as my acupuncture school of choice. Not only did this school have an established reputation in the provision of excellent Traditional Chinese medicine training, but also provided training in the discipline of Naturopathic Medicine. I found this training to be a perfect compliment to my science degree. The combination of my training thus far, has given me a competent understanding of western medical diagnosis and treatment protocols. I believe this helps me to adapt the established approach of Acupuncture and Naturopathy to compliment western medical management of many conditions. As a natural medicine practitioner I feel my role is to give space and time for my clients to express any concerns that they might have and to truly relax. I am passionate that my clients should leave their consultation with a better understanding of what they can do to manage their condition and maximise their well being. Educating and empowering clients is for me, the cornerstone of preventative and holistic medicine. I hope to see you soon and wish you every health and happiness.

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