Updated: Sep 25, 2018
Aaaand GO! For many of you reading this, September and October bring a drastic change in pace of life as the loose schedules of summer suddenly shift back to a swollen calendar full of meetings, practices and endless responsibilities. It can feel overwhelming, and naturally so.
An overly busy life, devoid of free time to rest, relax and reflect creates a chronic burden on our nervous and endocrine (hormone) systems. With high levels of stress hormones like cortisol sustained in the body, symptoms such as irregular sleep, digestion and energy patterns will start to appear. With a racing heart, tense muscles and overactive mind, you realize that stress and anxiety have set in.
Some people will choose to self-medicate with things like alcohol or cannabis which may provide some temporary relief. Others may utilize prescription drugs in times of high stress or panic in order to get their head back in their bodies and their feet rooted back on the ground. Certainly in crisis situations these medications can prove helpful. There is no judgement in these approaches.
However, if you are reading this now and have an interest in acupuncture, I imagine you are questioning the true value and long term sustainability of utilizing drug interventions for your emotional regulation. You're probably desiring a solution that is less toxic and more nurturing for your body and a path that empowers you along the way.
Seeking the care of a registered acupuncturist fits the bill if you align with the goals just noted. Acupuncture treatments naturally guide the body out of deep-seated patterns of stress and anxiety and provide a reset to your nervous system. It is safe and effective with extremely low risk of any side effects; and of course, the treatments feel amazing. Additionally, there is always time to discuss other important influences such as nutrition, exercise, meditation and counselling.
If your life is hectic now, sorry, but it's likely not going to change overnight. Fortunately, there are positive options available to you right now that reintroduce calm and balance into your life to help you stay gracefully on course through the storm. Take advantage of them; you'll be glad you did.