Los Angeles is a pressure cooker. Each and every day we navigate professional and personal relationships, social, cultural, and financial pressures, time constraints, unhealthy boundaries (often in cars) and less than ideal environmental conditions. Internally, stressful environments become overwhelming as low grade everyday stresses build up and tax our body’s ability to respond to these pressures in a calm, ideal way.
Anxiety as a response to overwhelm is one of the body’s emotional reactions when in the presence of a real or perceived threat to our livelihood. When we’re tired, under pressure, improperly nourished, or have stored tension from previous experiences, it is exceedingly difficult for our bodies to interpret the present situation within our everyday life as anything but threatening. Under this constant state of pressure, our threat response system looses the ability to distinguish between a real life threatening situation and everyday pressures or responsibilities that simply require our attention. When this occurs, anxiety is more easily triggered and we may improperly react anxiously (i.e. standoffish or constantly being on edge) to everyday situations furthering our own discomfort.
How do we break our patterns of stress and anxiety in order to enjoy our lives instead of constantly feeling like we’re just getting by?
In my clinical experience, applying the following time tested modalities can calm the body’s sense of overwhelm, reduce anxiety and improve quality of life:
1. Acupuncture: regular treatment restores and reinforces the parasympathetic nervous system function, enabling clients to remain in a balanced restful internal state while in the midst of the demands of modern life.
2. Nutrition: using assessments, as well as food and nutritive panels, we can identify foods that generate discomfort in the body and map out dietary recommendations that create the conditions for each individual’s body to calmly function. Herbs and supplements can be utilized to greatly aid in creating this physical state of calm.
3. Exercise: this may include recommending high intensity, short interval training whereby you exert yourself and sweat to facilitate the release of stored tension, or simple breathing exercises practiced regularly to restore a calm sensibility in the mind/body.
4. Meditation: this practice teaches us to calm the body and still the mind while maintaining a state of alert and a quiet presence. This state creates the conditions to see situations with more clarity, and much of the time we can see that many of the challenges leading to feelings of stress are not as bad as they seem.
At Elysia our approach is tailored to each individual based on their own unique set of needs. This attention to detail provides the conditions for your body and mind to create balance, resulting in improved quality of life
Written by Dr. Joseph Clarke. To book your next acupuncture appointment, call – (424) 744-8366