It is rare to find someone who does not suffer from stress with the pressures of modern society. Stress is often viewed negatively, but it is critical for human survival. Stress promotes learning and performance and builds resilience mentally, emotionally and physically.
When the stress is short-lived and there is some recovery time following a stressor, increased resilience can result. Unfortunately, for many nowadays, the stress doesn’t let up. Unrelenting or chronic stress can lead to a wide range of symptoms and conditions that you may not realize have stress as their common cause:
- Weight gain (around the middle especially)
- Irregularities in a woman’s menstrual period
- Decreased sex drive
- Decreased erectile function
- Poor concentration
- Poor memory
- Cravings for salt &/sugar
- Energy dips/crashes (hypoglycemia)
- Chronic Muscle and Joint pain
- Decreased Muscle and Bone Mass
- Increased seasonal and food allergies
Until the underlying stressors are minimized and you are given sufficient treatment, it is difficult to regain optimal health. If the stress continues unabated, you are at increased risk of symptom progression and chronic disease. (Stress is pro-inflammatory and many chronic illnesses have their root in inflammation).
Sadly conventional medical care seldom provides treatment to address the sequelae of chronic stress. Holistic medicine, with its emphasis on early detection, prevention and health optimization, takes a proactive approach to stress prevention and treatment.
In working with you, I take an inventory of stressors in your life to date and examine the impact that these stressors may still be having on your health. I also help you to manage current and ongoing stressors with a range of interventions and tools (herbs, nutrition, supplements, homeopathy, chronotherapy, hydrotherapy, biofeedback, meditation, journaling, exercise and counseling). I work to help you recover from past stressors and to minimize the effects of current stressors on your health.
To maintain health, it is essential that you become aware of how you experience stress in your mind and body. With this knowledge, I can help you to become more resilient in the face of stress and to live up to your potential as a result.
If you are concerned that chronic stress is impacting your health, I invite you to schedule a complimentary consultation visit.