Managing Stress

Home » Medical » Managing Stress

STRESS AND RELAXATION

Stress is a natural part of life, a reaction to the everyday demands on our physical and mental energy. Under stress, the parasympathetic nervous system prepares the body for action –fight or flight, to handle the situation.

 

Stress can be positive, such as planning a vacation, or negative, such as dealing with family issues.

 

IS STRESS MAKING YOU SICK

The unhealthy effects of stress show up all over your body, anywhere from the skin to your internal organs. Unrelenting stress can also depress your immune system, making you more susceptible to minor infections, such as cold or flu.

 

The signs of stress vary, but the most common are:

  • Feeling Exhausted or Tired
  • Sleepless Nights
  • Aches and Pains
  • Heart Disease
  • Digestive Disorder
  • Body Odor
  • Dental Problems
  • Mental Problems

 

FACTS ABOUT STRESS

In a recent study, stress at work was associated with employee burnout, acute and chronic health problems, and poor work performance. Over 70% of workers say that job stress causes frequent health problems.

 

Soft tissue injuries are estimated to account for about 50% of workplace injuries in Canada.

Physical Factors: such as long periods of time spent at a keyboard or poor screen position

Psychosocial Factors: such as lack of job control, deadlines, low-levels of social support and workload

 

The effects of stress are cumulative and can lead to:

  • Headaches, backaches, eyestrain, neck pain
  • Repetitive use injuries such as tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Listlessness, poor concentration, anxiety, depression, irritability or anger
  • Lowered resistance to colds and infection, high blood pressure, heart disease
  • Physical and emotional exhaustion (burnout)

 

COPING STATEGIES

  1. Massage Therapy –monthly for a maintenance
  2. Exercise –150 minutes per week
  3. Deep Breathing or Relaxation techniques
  4. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine
  5. Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night
  6. Learn to say NO

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recent Posts

Map

Active Healing Centre is located in The Beaches, Toronto, on the corner of Kingston Road and Silver Birch Avenue.

Contact

Active Healing Centre

Address :
937 Kingston Road,
Toronto, Ontario
M4E 1S6
Canada

Telephone: (416) 699-0336
E-mail: info at activehealingcentre.com

Newsletter

Copyright © 2008 – 2020 Active Healing Centre

COVID-19 UPDATE
ACTIVE HEALING CENTRE
NOW OPEN

On Friday June 12th, Active Healing Centre re-opened in accordance with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) guidelines.  Priority will initially be given to patients with the most urgent health care needs; however, we will be working as quickly as possible in order to see all our patients, so please do not hesitate to contact us to schedule your appointment.

For more information, see our newsletter.


PRESS RELEASE
23/06/2020
Active Healing Centre and East York Physiotherapy Centre Under One Roof
Local Clinics Team Up to Offer High-Quality Treatments in One Convenient Location

Toronto, ON – June 22, 2020 - Active Healing Centre and East York Physiotherapy Centre are pleased to announce that they have joined forces to enhance healthcare for their patients. Effective immediately, both clinics will operate out of 937 Kingston Road, Toronto, and continue to offer physiotherapy, massage therapy, and naturopath treatments.

For more information, see our blog.