It’s nearly impossible to avoid stress, but you can control how you respond to it. When we talk about stress, we’re referring to anything that can lead to emotional, psychological, or physical strain.
Stress responses vary from person to person, but everyone experiences it to some degree. It can occur from day-to-day activities, a fast-paced work life, the ups and lows of family, and even the constant exposure to technology.
Unfortunately, this constant onslaught of stress does more than leave you frazzled. It takes a toll on your mental and physical health. But it doesn’t have to.
Dr. Terry L. Franklin is more than a primary care provider. He also acts as a wellness coach, providing lifestyle education. These services enable him to help you make choices that support your health and wellness and prevent disease so you can thrive and lead a fulfilling life.
One area Dr. Franklin focuses on is stress management.
Do you feel stressed or worn out all the time? Here are four stress management strategies that can optimize your well-being.
Did you know that deep breathing calms your sympathetic nervous system? This part of your body controls your response to a perceived threat.
When practicing deep breathing, you simply breathe in for a count of five, hold the breath for two seconds, and then release it to the count of five. Performing this activity activates your parasympathetic nervous system, helping to reduce any anxiety or stress you may feel in the moment.
Everyone knows exercise is good for the body. But did you know it’s good for stress management as well?
Engaging in regular exercise helps keep your body and mind in optimal health, while relieving stress at the same time. And don’t worry: You don't need to hit the gym or train for a marathon to see the benefits.
Instead, a nice walk can give you a break, provide a change of scenery, and rejuvenate your mind and body at the same time.
For maximum benefits, don’t forget to practice good nutrition to keep your body feeling strong as well. Stress depletes certain nutrients, like vitamin A, B complex, and E. Together, exercise and a healthy diet keeps you in the best shape for fighting stress.
Humans need connections, and, no, we’re not talking about social media. In fact, spending time on social media can actually increase stress, so it’s often best to limit screen time.
Building relationships with people plays a vital role in optimal well-being. These relationships create a sense of community and provide support, essential qualities a person needs in good times and bad.
Meaningful connections can develop in a variety of places, from the workplace or religious organizations to activities like book clubs, sports teams, or classes. The important thing is to spend time with people you enjoy, whether you’re outside, on the phone, or in a workshop.
Does the idea of finding a stress management strategy cause you stress? If you search the internet, there are a dizzying number of things you can try that may help — or you can work with an expert.
Dr. Franklin takes a personalized approach when working with people in his care. It starts with taking the time to get to know them. This gives him the ability to customize his recommendations so you can learn the best strategies to help you feel your best as soon as possible.
An added benefit of wellness coaching with Dr. Franklin lies with the lifestyle education he also provides. More simply put, Dr. Franklin helps identify specific aspects of your life that could be putting your health at risk. Then he can create an action plan to get you back on track.
Do you need help managing stress? Contact our office in Monterey, California, to schedule a consultation with Dr. Franklin by calling 831-647-3190 today.