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How are you feeling? Especially after the elections last week, it seems that’s all everyone was talking about. I logged onto Facebook and I had to turn it off, it was crazy. The radio was driving me nuts and in just 5 weeks it’s Christmas! If you are not already stressed, then I probably just made you a little more stressed. YOUR WELCOME! I want to give you some really HUGE stress reduction tips that I know will help you leading into Christmas and the new year.

 

Studies show us unequivocally that stress is all about the nervous system (Brain and Spinal Cord) and its ability to adapt and deal with every day stresses.

 

1.    Chiropractic adjustments: When you hear that “pop” your spinal cord and specifically Lamina 7 is stimulated and synapses (triggers) your brain to immediately stop stress response (Cortisol and other hormones) and immediately initiates a healing response. The adjustment stops destructive and negative processes and starts life-giving and building

2.    Movement: When you engage into activities (Yoga, Walking, Exercise, Weight-Lifting, etc.) you are moving and mobilizing your spine, you are reducing tension throughout your body, it helps to relax muscles but most importantly research shows it helps to pump and circulate cerebral-spinal fluid (CSF) around your spine and brain. CSF is responsible for 90% of the nutrition to your brain. If you have ever gone for a 30 min walk or gone to yoga, you feel very relaxed afterwards. It’s because you helped moved the CSF around your body and gave your brain the nutrition it needs.

3.    Renewing your mind: Having something you can rely on that helps keep you motivated and thinking positive. This is a must have and a proven life changing strategy. Everyone needs something to keep them thinking positive. Recent studies have found those who create a list by adding one thing you are greateful for each morning for a month had the best and most positive changes in their lives. Being grateful and acknowledging blessings in your life changes the hormones in your brain. Oxytocin and Serotonin are naturally released in the highest amounts when you are 1. grateful and 2. when you hug or do something for someone else without expectations of something in return.

 

Find a book that is motivational, inspirational, and hope giving. Keep the book on your night stand. Every night before going to bed, read for 5-10 mins and let those positive and encouraging thoughts fuel your mind as you sleep and repair.

Books I recommend:

Limitless by Jentzen Franklin

Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

 

 

 

God Bless,

 

Dr. Matthew Posa 

The Healthy Family Chiropractic

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