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
• 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.
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.
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!