In a previous post, we offered ideas for building peace in your life. As we find our way through the end of this challenging year, we are pleased to share additional information about stress reduction.
Journaling for Health and Wellness
Stress is what we feel when the body reacts to stressors. Stressors can be almost anything, and what is stressful for one person might not be for another. When the level of stressors rises and increases beyond one’s ability to cope, some of the worse damage is done to the body.No matter what you think of the pandemic, this past year has been, arguably, stressful for everyone.
So, what can we do? How do we cope now, as some of life is returning to normal and some are still feeling stressed?
Experts recommend that you first identify your own stressors. If you make a list of the top 5-10 things that are stressful for you, you will see that some of the sources of stress might be eliminated. This is because some it is self-imposed. We often have beliefs, ideas, and unrealistic expectations about certain things in our lives. If you recognize this is true for you, you might find a way to change the stressors that come from within. Look for new ways to think about and address your problem. Maybe there is a plan to implement, or maybe you can face an unrealistic fear.
Journaling your dreams, your daytime thoughts, or making a gratitude journal are also excellent ways to creatively process emotions. There is plenty of research evidence to indicate that a regular writing practice comes with a number of physical and mental health benefits.
If you are interested in trying this approach, find some quiet time, preferably around the same time every day. Allow yourself free reign to write what you feel. If you choose to record your dreams, aim to write as soon as you wake in the morning.
We are here to help you on your path back to wellness and peace. If you do try this, let us know how journaling works for you.
Types of journals
Free Association: write whatever you think, whatever comes to mind.
Dreams: Record your dreams as soon as you wake. Dreams bring awareness to deeper feelings.
Gratitude: Keep track of all the things you are thankful for. The practice is linked to improved mental and physical health.
Doctor Cure Thyself
I’ve been spouting the tried-and-true elements of a healthy life for so many years now: exercise, eat well, sleep at least 7-8 hours a night, meditate, along with taking advantage of chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage therapies. When my wife recently suggested I start journaling my dreams, I was hesitant. I’d done it before, but I didn’t want to find unresolved issues that might require my attention. I didn’t want to work through anything.
As it turned out, though, it felt like an adventure. I discovered a bit of my background programming on why I do the things I do. I gained insight into events that impacted my life.
Dream journaling and other types of journaling can bring attention to how we might live more harmoniously. Don’t be afraid to meet yourself. Keep an open mind.
Updated fee schedule now in effect
Mallen Chiropractic, one of the best values in chiropractic care in the area, has not raised prices for several years. We planned to do so prior to the pandemic, but we postponed it until now. Yet, the time has come to increase our fees by a small increment. Our services remain extremely competitive in value and price, and we always strive to ensure our patients receive the highest quality of care. Thanks for your understanding.