Chiropractors are specially trained to relieve pain and restore normal function to the spine, joints and supporting structures of the body. But did you know they can also offer advice on lifestyle and nutritional?
“As a chiropractors, we treat people, not just symptoms, it is important to consider the overall health of each person. You cannot separate mental health from physical health.”
Here is a four-step approach to reducing stress and improving mental health:
- Reduce inflammation in your diet
Inflammation can come from a variety of sources, including processed meats, sugary drinks and gluten. Speak with a registered nutritionist to customise a diet that is right for you and your body.
- Increase physical activity
Adding more physical activity into your daily routine lowers the risk of depression and anxiety by releasing “feel-good” neurotransmitters into the brain. It also decreases inflammation and improves cardiovascular health, which reduces the need for certain medications. Try increasing your physical stamina by joining a class at your local gym.
- Sleep more
We all know sleep is important, but how exactly do we get more Zzzz’s? Avoid blue light from computers and phone screens for two hours before going to bed. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep for optimal brain recovery, and avoid sleeping on your stomach with your head kinked to the side.
Some additional tips include making sure the room is pitch black, the bed is comfortable, the room is at the appropriate temperature, and noise is kept at a minimum.
- Mental detox
If you’re feeling overwhelmed and don’t know how to calm the mental chatter, try meditating for 10 minutes every morning. Using diaphragmatic breathing can help slow the heartbeat and stabilise blood pressure. Practice mindfulness, gratitude, affirmations, and self-compassion. Challenge your mind with puzzles, strategy games and creative projects, and avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol consumption.
2 Aram, Kyle. “Dr. Kyle: 4 Easy Steps to Get Rid of Brain Fog.” Forward Health, 6 Feb. 2019, www.forwardhealth.ca/dr-kyle-4-easy-steps-to-get-rid-of-brain-fog/.
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