Anxiety, depression, and other emotional problems affect millions of Americans each year. Despite our advances in modern medicine, the number of Americans affected by mood disorders is increasing rather than decreasing.
Recent months have placed a tremendous toll on us. However, it is not only the uncertainty about the virus. It is also the uncertainty about our jobs, our social structures, our future. According to an article published in The Washington Post, a third of Americans are suffering from clinical anxiety or depression right now.
A Better Understanding
A better understanding of mood disorders is still necessary. However, much evidence emerges that lifestyle, nutrition, and genetics have a significant impact on how we feel. Genetics can certainly play a role. But a rise in social isolation and work-related stress affects more and more Americans these days.
What can I do?
Therefore, it is now more important than ever to find effective strategies for dealing with stress. For instance, one of these is acupuncture. Acupuncture can interfere with the fight or flight response and directly reduce stress hormones. Above all, this is true when it comes to chronic stress exposure. For instance, in over 20 years of practicing acupuncture, I have been able to witness first hand how effective regular acupuncture can be to combat the effects of stress. As a result, my patients all reported the same findings over the years:
- Improved sleep
- Better mood
- Healthy immunity with fewer allergies and sick-days
- Good digestion
- A greater feeling of well-being
Above all, it is our lifestyle which makes most of us sick. Too much stress and lack of good food can easily deplete vital nutrients, hormones, and enzymes. This causes fatigue, depression, and anxiety.
More Tips to Ease Anxiety
- Eliminate caffeine, diet pills, and decongestants — if you suffer from allergies, acupuncture will help you
- Manage your stress — meditation, yoga, acupuncture, and other relaxation techniques combat stress and reduce anxiety
- Get proper sleep — sleep provides more energy and is crucial in processing daily stress and trauma. If you have problems sleeping, consult with an acupuncturist and practice good sleep hygiene
- Take a look at your diet — what we eat and how we eat greatly influences how we feel. Look for someone who can help you implement a better diet
- Exercise regularly — find something that’s fun to release your stress. But don’t exercise too late. This might interfere with your sleep
- Visualization — imagine yourself handling stressful situations calmly and confidently. Over time you will notice yourself handling those situations different in real life
- Meaningful Relationships — Support is key!