Chronic Stress

Picture sitting at your desk, surrounded by a mountain of paperwork and looming deadlines. The weight of your responsibility bearing down on your shoulders like a heavy burden, and with each passing moment, stress levels seemed to climb higher. As emails flood your inbox and colleagues clamor for your attention, you feel a knot of tension forming in your chest. Despite your best efforts to stay calm, the pressure of your workload threatened to overwhelm you. With a deep sigh, you close your eyes briefly, trying to find a moment of calm among the chaos. In that brief stillness, you realize the importance of taking a step back and prioritizing your well- being before the stress consumes you entirely.

Stress is a common word we associate with feelings of being overwhelmed, exhausted, and being pulled in too many directions.

It’s a feeling we get when running late, missing the train, or being jam packed on a subway in the morning commute.

Overtime, chronic stress can manifest in other ways. It can cause tossing and turning at night, which leads to more stress the next day because you’re completely exhausted. It can also make you irritability, causing you to snap at the people you love.

If this sounds familiar, you are not alone.

I see this every day with my patients. Life in general is stressful, but being in a city like New York, can take stress to a new level.

Stress has the ability to affect all aspects of life and most times, your body is yearning for help. For some kind of break. To feel better.

Acupuncture can help with chronic stress

Acupuncture stands as my preferred method for alleviating stress. When stress takes hold, our nervous system operates in overdrive, heightened and on edge.

This ancient practice serves to soothe the nervous system, instilling a profound sense of tranquility and stability within the mind. Much like adaptogenic herbs, acupuncture possesses the remarkable capacity to reshape the body’s response to stressors.

Individuals who receive acupuncture treatments find themselves more composed in the face of daily challenges. What once seemed overwhelming loses its grip on their psyche allowing for clearer mental focus and task management.

Symptoms of Chronic Stress in Women

Women experience chronic stress different from men. In addition to stress caused by everyday life, women deal with hormonal fluctuations throughout the month. This can cause an increase in stress levels which can lead to abnormal menstrual cycles.

Some women have increased stress and become very emotional a few days or even a week before their cycle. If a woman has severe cramps coupled with heavy bleeding, that causes further stress.

In addition, hormonal fluctuations can cause things like headaches and acne, creating even more stress.

This occurs every. Single. Month.

And don’t forget about the woman trying to have a baby, the woman who’s pregnant, and the woman who’s entering or going through pre-menopause and menopause.

Chronic Stress in Women Can Cause:

Symptoms of Chronic Stress in Men

Men experience just as much stress as women, but tend to let things build up on the inside and prefer to deal with problems alone.

The weight of work deadlines, family responsibilities, and financial pressure is all too familiar and is the forefront of what many men are dealing with every single day. No breaks.

Men who are chronically stressed are at a higher risk for developing heart conditions such as heart disease and high blood pressure. If chronic stress is coupled with no physical activity and a diet that is not healthy, heart problems are at an even higher risk.

The male hormone testosterone is also affected by chronic stress. A man who is stressed can have low libido and erectile dysfunction. Having this issue can cause even more stress on top of the stressors of everyday life.

Chronic Stress in Men Can Cause:

Chronic Stress in Teenagers

Do you remember when you were a teenager? I sure do. In our day, we didn’t have to deal with social media and we didn’t have the same pressures as children today.

With the amount of stimuli online, maintaining good grades, indulging in extracurricular actives, and maintaining friendships, it’s no wonder teenagers are chronically stressed. And it’s starting earlier and earlier. Preteens are affected as well.

Stress comes in all shapes and sizes, affecting the young just as much as the mature. (I will not call us old.)

It’s important for teenagers to find ways to cope with stress at a young age because they’re still developing. The mind and body is not mature yet to handle the amount of stress they have thrown at them daily. Chronic stress can show in a different manor compared to women and men.

Chronic stress in teenagers can cause:

Acupuncture can help with chronic stress in women, men, and children

Feeling stressed is a normal part of life, it’s the continuous build up day after day that causes a problem because it can lead to serious health problems.