The crisp (freezing) weather has arrived, just in time for Bonfire Night (let’s hope the skies are clear for the wonderful fireworks displays). I hope you’ve been trying out the autumn tips from last month’s newsletter (click here if you missed it
). The days are getting shorter and many of us find ourselves waking up in the dark and leaving work in the dark. The lack of daylight can definitely make everything seem more miserable, and stress may seem much closer to the surface so I’m sharing with you five tips to help de-stress.
On a different note: pointspace turns two next week
(!!) and to celebrate I have a birthday special for you, read below t o find out
Five things you can do to iron out stress
A recent study
tested the effects on men and women given stressful math problems. While both men and women experienced increased blood pressure and heart rate, the blood flow to the heart did not go up in the women, unlike the men. According to researcher Chester Ray, PhD, professor of medicine and cellular and molecular physiology at Penn State's College of Medicine in Hershey, the difference might explain why women are more likely than men to have heart problems after emotional upset, such as the loss of a partner.
Although more research needs to be done, this study suggests that mental stress tends to be more significant on a woman's heart. Try these tips to help you manage your stress:
1. Recognise when you’re stressed
This may be stating the obvious but many of us spend so much time in a stressed state we almost forget what it feels like to be relaxed and alert. Pay attention to your body. Do you feel your muscles tightening or your jaws clenching? How about your breathing? Is it shallow or deep and full? Place your hand on your chest and notice how it raises and falls with each breath. Pay attention to you breathe fully or when you “forget” to breathe.
In my blog I have writt en
about the effects of fear and subsequent stress levels due to a scare or traumatic situation on our autonomic system.
The basic principle is that the more we think about something, the stronger the memory becomes as the amygdala in our brain forms deeper and deeper grooves. So, next time you have confront a less than desirable situation at work, don’t keep replaying the situation in your head. This is not the same thing as ignoring a problem. It’s knowing that a hurtful or lazy comment or a rude person at the supermarket is really not worth your while. That way you can reserve your energy for much more important issues.
3. Eat well
When you’re stressed, you immune system gets affected. When you don’t eat well, your body is like a car running on empty. So it’s vital that during stressful times, you help your body every way you can. Eating well also helps break that guilt associated with comfort eating. Mindlessly eating something that gives you short-term comfort often leads to feelings of inadequacy a little later. The last thing you need when you’re already stressed is the feeling that you’re not in control of yourself. To avoid the straw that breaks the camel’s back, get rid of the haystack.
4. Have acupuncture
Acupuncture treatment can help you feel more relaxed and positive. Your body is like a city’s infrastructure with roads and streets. When the traffic is free-flowing, everyone gets to their destination hassle-free and in plenty of time. However if there was a traffic jam in one part of the area, the ensuing blockages and chaos from diverted traffic spells a much different story. Acupuncture helps get rid of these traffic jams, or “stagnations” to help smooth the flow of qi, leaving you feeling much more relaxed and revitalised.
5. Find a listener
Talking and being listened to really can make a world of difference. You don’t even have to talk about the stressful things happening in your life (think tip 2) but just having a genuine conversation is a wonderful thing. Your listener can be a close friend or colleague or your manicurist. You may be surprised at who turns out to be the best listener for you but make sure it’s someone who is discreet and non-judgemental.
Remember, you can control outside factors, but you can control how you manage stressful moments.
If you enjoyed this, then be sure to visit the blog The Happy Acupuncturist to read more articles, tips and health news.
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Other news: pointspace only at The Hale Clinic and a new range of treatments
From November onwards, I will be offering appointments only at The Hale Clinic. Don’t forget that I now offer Saturday appointments – all these changes are due to listening to your feedback so do email me if you have any comments, they are always much appreciated.
I’ve designed some new treatments (facial and body) to help you get the optimum results. These include:
The Age Defense range of anti-ageing facial treatments - cosmetic acupuncture, facial massage or both!
The Balancer - a great introduction to those who want the revitalisation effects of cosmetic acupuncture but are a bit nervous about having needles in their face)
The Stress Buster – a traditional acupuncture treatment that focuses on energizing and revitalising against the effects of a hectic lifestyle.
Take a look at the full range of treatments available: http://pointspace.co.uk/prices.php
pointspace turns two next Thursday, 8 November, and to celebrate I’m offering all of you a birthday special: £15 off your next treatment
. All you have to do is:
(Please note this offer is only valid for one individual full priced session, not a course of treatments. Discount will be deducted at time of payment.)
Book an appointment between now and 8 November, 2012
Have your treatment by 12 January 2013.
This is the perfect time to try one of the new facial treatments I’ve designed for optimum results or to have that Seasonal Tune-Up. If you know someone who could benefit from acupuncture, do let them know. To book an appointment please contact The Hale Clinic 020 7631 0156.
I do hope you will take advantage of this offer and I want to thank you all
for your support. Two may seem like such a small number but it’s very special to me and I wouldn’t be here without you.
Watch this video
of the cutest duck run – he may be small but there’s no stopping him.