Where do you hold your stress?

Dear Practice member and friend

Ask a variety of people where they hold their stress, and you’ll get a variety of answers. Some carry it in their stomach, some in their head, some in their neck and shoulders, and some in their low back.

But really, the stress may show up in these places in your body or others, but the origin of the stress is your brain.

Your brain has to be able to adapt to the conditions. Notice, almost everyone will tell you they hold their stress somewhere – few will say they don’t have stress at all. This is because everyones brain is under constant demand, to run the body, to respond to environmental factors, to be constantly vigilant and alert to watch out for danger and capitalise on opportunity.

Anything you can do to help your brain cope better with stress is by definition good for your health. Meditation, yoga, exercise, good diet and chiropractic care are only a few examples of good lifestyle decisions you can choose to make your brain healthier.

You may not be able to eliminate all stress from your life, but you can get your mind and body in the best working order to deal with it. Design your lifestyle for optimal health and wellness – you’ll be glad you did.

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