I ran across an interesting website via a post on facebook. http://www.drbenkim.com/ I have since subscribed to Dr. Ben Kim’s “Experience Your Best Health” Newsletter and I’m excited about what information I may run across in the future. Anyhow, he posted an interesting article on the impact emotional stress has on our lives. I found it all the more interesting because, in chiropractic, the basis of philosophy revolves around the concept that thoughts, traumas and toxins are the cause of subluxation (an interference in the natural flow of your God-given communication highway…otherwise known as your nervous system). There is a lot to be said about this philosophy. Enjoy an excerpt from Dr. Ben Kim’s Natural Health website:
“What is the most powerful step you can take to dramatically improve your health? My answer is this: Learn how to effectively manage emotional stress!
All of my clinical and personal experiences over the years have me convinced that no other factor has more influence over your health. Not diet, not exercise, not even how much you sleep.” http://drbenkim.com/reduce-stress.html
In Dr. Ben Kim’s article on emotional stress and the effects it has on the sympathetic nervous system, he offers ways to MANAGE stress! I think this is a great article with some very simple, generic practices that we can all impliment. I always emphasize the effects of “Thoughts, Traumas and Toxins” to our patients. The 3-Ts cause subluxation…which is where the adjustment comes in! The elimination or at least minimization of the 3-Ts is where consistent chiropractic CARE comes in.
I usually describe my OPINION of the particularly strong influence of Thoughts as a pie graph. About 6% of subluxation comes from traumas, another 6% from toxins and 88% of the subluxation complex is influenced by THOUGHTS! Again, this is my opinion that I have developed from my personal experience and case studies with my patients. Of course the percentages are argueable, but that is not the point. The point is, emotional stress plays a huge roll in our lives! We have to learn to manage it by doing things such as suggested by Dr. Ben Kim. The only thing that I would add is each person processes stress differently and therefore must manage it differently. Finding a “happy place” on a regular basis in your OWN way is a therapy comparable to no other! Make a list of things that put a smile on your face. Try to make that list as long as possible! If you need help, look through a photo album from a family trip, wedding, reunion, vacation, graduation or birth. Look at this list often. Impliment these things in your life often! If time only allows you to visualize them, visualize away! PLAN! Plan time in every day for YOU! Many financial advisors say, “pay yourself first.” I say, PUT yourself first. There are many people in our lives that are important, but without your personal peace there is no possible way to give to those that you love. You may be surprised how putting yourself first will positively affect your relationship with others and more importantly, your outlook on your health and life!
I challenge you to learn more about the effects of emotional stress, not to dwell on the effects, but to create a compulsion within you to GET RID OF IT!! I believe we are designed to thrive! Thrive physically and mentally! There is a lot of potential within you – find it! Push the limits of your potential by giving energy and time to YOU! By all means, get adjusted!! Eat whole foods, exercise daily, get regular massage therapy…just be GOOD to yourself! Harmony and peace will follow!