How to Manage Stress and Build Resilience for Better Health
Updated: Dec 18, 2020
Would you believe that medical research estimates that as much as 90% of illness and disease is stress-related?
At Brookfield Health & Wellness, LLC, we see this statistic play out every day: stress is one of the most critical drivers of disease.
By the time patients get to us, they have most likely exhausted all other treatment options, and getting told again and again that no one knows what’s wrong with you, or the drug isn’t working, or that you’re ‘treatment resistant,’ is one of the most stressful experiences a person can go through.
But we’ve also seen patients conquer their stress, once they start seeing positive results with our cutting-edge frequency-based treatments. Once they finally get something going in the right direction, they are able to build resilience, inner barriers to that disease-causing stress.
Whether you’re already one of our patients or just happened across this blog, you have to know how to manage stress and build resilience to foster long-term health and wellness.
Every Day Practices to Manage Stress
One of the keys to managing stress is to incorporate daily practices that promote a sense of calm and allow you to disconnect from stressful events. The power of consistently centering yourself can not be overstated in managing chronic stress. There are many ways you can go about this, but these are some of our favorites.
A daily gratitude practice is a great way to manage stress. It might seem silly, or not significant enough, but just taking the time to write down three things you’re grateful for every morning can set you up for a less stressful day. It’s truly impossible to be stressed while you’re feeling grateful, and even small periods of focused gratitude for the good things in your life have an amazing ripple effect through the rest of your day.
All you need is five minutes, a pen, and a notebook. When stressful events occur, you can go back over your gratitude list and remind yourself of the things you are grateful for.
It’s truly impossible to be stressed while you’re feeling grateful.
Mindful Rhythmic Exercise
The next stress-reducing activity we recommend is mindful rhythmic exercise. This is any type of exercise that has a rhythm to it, like walking, dancing, or swimming, that also allows you to focus on the movements of your body, your breathing, or other sensations like the sun on your skin. This type of mindful exercise ensures that you remain in the present with your body and break any negative thought loops that would send you into a stressed out spiral.
The next time you are feeling stressed, try taking a 15 minute walk and focusing on your breathing or noticing the nature around you and see how you feel afterward.
Finally, we have found meditation in all of its forms to be an incredible tool for stress relief and management. Maybe you’re wary of the idea, but the trick with meditation is to find the kind that works for you, and to not beat yourself up for getting distracted while you do it. (It happens to everyone!) When your mind wanders, you simply tell yourself–-“thinking!”–-and bring your mind back to your breathing and the sensations in your body. No self-judgement, no stress.
Guided meditation is often the best way to get started with a regular practice. There are several apps available, as well as hundreds of YouTube videos with different themes like abundance, gratitude, health, and relaxation. Explore different topics and find the ones you like best.
From Management to Prevention: Building Resilience
Now that we’ve covered several ways to manage stress in the moment, what are some ways we can prevent stress from taking over in the first place? How can we build resilience to stress?
The blog positivepsychology.com describes resilience: “In a nutshell, resilience can be defined as the ability – and tendency – to ‘bounce back.’” Meaning, when stressful experiences happen, you are able to recover more quickly and return to a healthy, balanced physical and mental state. And overall, with greater resilience, you experience less stress.
“Resilience can be defined as the ability – and tendency – to ‘bounce back.’”
How do we build resilience?
We can build resilience over time using both internal and external resources. Using internal resources to build resilience means, unsurprisingly, doing things like meditating daily and practicing gratitude. But it also means building a more positive image of yourself, for example, reminding yourself in times of stress that you are capable of handling the challenge and being open to a positive outcome.
External resources can help us build resilience too. This means that we can use our environment to promote resilient behaviors. For example, you may meditate every day and do yoga to calm yourself, but if you keep having to go into a stressful office environment every day, your mindful habits will only go so far.
In that situation, how could you take more control of your environment to be more resilient? You could use noise-cancelling headphones to block out distractions and focus on your work, or you could try working from home for at least a couple days a week. That is using your environment to build resilience.
Resilience is remarkably dependent on our environment, but we have the ability to create an environment that promotes resilience in us. When we build up both our internal and external resources for resilience, we end up with a positive feedback loop that allows us to create stable positive change in our mental and physical states.
Extra Support: Alpha-Stim, BrainTap, and Whole Body Tuner
As amazing as the above practices and resources can be for managing stress and building resilience in your life, we have additional tools that can help you take the process of improving your mental health to the next level.
Alpha-Stim is a non-invasive electrotherapy device that transmits a signal to the central nervous system that encourages it to return to a baseline, normal state–-resulting in decreased anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Results are long-lasting and often immediate!
BrainTap is a powerful relaxation tool that helps your body produce the relaxation response through a combination of targeted light and sound frequencies. This tool is perfect for someone who considers him or herself to be constantly stressed, or stuck in fight-or-flight mode. It even incorporates guided visualization recordings that allow you to envision your goals with laser focus, feeling energized and motivated.
The Whole Body Tuner is another frequency device that sweeps through a series of frequencies designed to align the body’s chakras and promote total-body balance. These frequencies also have the ability to target pathogens and toxins, transmuting them into harmless proteins, amino acids, and elements. The end result? You feel relaxed and calm as the systems of your body operate at their appropriate frequencies.
Finally, the Biolight, Aura PTL II laser, which we’ve talked about in a previous blog, is another excellent tool for destressing the body and mind. Amy, our experienced Chinese medicine practitioner, uses the laser to stimulate different acupuncture points all over the body, helping the body restore itself and recirculate blocked or stagnant energy. It’s just like traditional acupuncture, minus the needles and plus the benefits of laser light therapy.
Keep an eye out for an upcoming blog on these remarkable healing technologies, or visit our Treatments page for more information.
Conclusion: Managing Stress and Building Resilience Are Essential to Health
Managing stress and building resilience are two different concepts–-techniques for managing stress focus on reducing chronic or acute stress in the moment, whereas techniques for building resilience focus on our preemptive ability to handle times of stress when they arise.
And yet, we find that the two overlap in many ways, and they are both essential to a balanced mind, body, and spirit.
No matter where you are in your healing journey, we’re here to help, and we pride ourselves on our resilience-enhancing clinic environment. Seeing a health care provider can be a major stressor for many people, especially those dealing with a chronic condition. Which is why we take care to promote a relaxing, stress-free environment in our clinic and in our interactions with our patients.
We want to see you relieve stress and build resilience in your journey to health, so please don’t hesitate to give us a call and ask about our energy medicine treatment offerings today!
To start building better health, call us today at 262-395-4023!