Black Swan Osteopathy & Podiatry

Stress Related Pain

How To Deal With Stress Quickly

All of us will feel stressed at some point and it is often very much intertwined with the physical problems we see day in and day out at our clinics. What is the best and most efficient way to deal with stress? To begin with, it is important to be able to identify when you are stresses.

What are the symptoms of stress?

In life, everybody needs some level of stress. It is the body and mind’s response when it believes that we are in danger, and is used many times during the day. When we are crossing the road for example, if our stress response is not working correctly, we may cross at a time when it is not safe so, much of the time, stress serves only to keep us from harm. However, at other times, our stress mechanism may overreact to situations around us, meaning that the sensations become more negative than we are used to. Stress can be hard to diagnose, because there are many symptoms that could result from it. These include:

Physical Symptoms

  • Headaches
  • Muscle pain and fatigue
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Lack of appetite or overeating
  • Irritable Bowel leading to constipation and/or diarrhoea
  • Joint pain and stiffness

Psychological Symptoms

  • Depression or low mood
  • Irritability
  • Lack of motivation
  • Constant feeling of being ‘on edge’

What could be causing stress?

Often, stress has no one specific cause. However, there are times that you may find that there are things that you could point out that were responsible for the way you were feeling at that time. If, for example, you are not enjoying your job, or you feel as though you are struggling with it, this could cause you a large amount of stress. There are also a number of things within your personal life, such as your relationship with family members or money worries, that could contribute to your stress. If you don’t feel as though you have any sole reason to be stressed, then you might find that it is simply a culmination of a number of things that are happening in your life at the moment.

How to manage your stress

Sometimes, the only thing that will cure stress is to see a doctor. If you feel as though your stress is having a very negative impact on your life, and you cannot do the things that you usually would, you should always go to see your doctor. However, if your stress is less severe than this, there are other things that you could try.

Exercise

It has been shown in many studies that exercise releases endorphins, and this can help to deal with stress both in the short and the long term. By starting a regular exercise regime, you should find that you can prevent yourself from becoming too stressed, and also that you can deal with the stress when it appears.

Healthy Eating

You know what they say – you are what you eat. If you eat a diet that is full of junk food, your body is never going to be able to function at its best. Instead, you should start to address your diet, and build in food that is rich in vitamins and minerals.

Manual Therapy such as Osteopathy

Manual therapy can help improve symptoms of joint stiffness and muscle aches, allowing you to feel more confident about getting outside or to the gym to do some exercise, however light.

Ultimately, provided that you take steps to change your lifestyle including exercise and diet, you should be able to deal with your stress at home. If this is not the case, however, you can always try an expert osteopath – as they could help you to make your stress a thing of the past.

Get in touch with our team if you have any questions or would like to know how podiatry and osteopathy may help with your stress: