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Understanding Stress

Everybody hears the word “stress” and automatically thinks it is a bad term. But did you know, the stress response is necessary in certain situations? Each one of us is primed to deal with stress. Our body and nervous system relies on this to keep us alive. If anybody has ever heard of the term “flight or fight”, this is exactly what we are referring to.

This is what helps our body when we are in a life or death situation. When we experience a short-term stress response, this is a very good thing. This helps keep us alive. It’s long term stress that does not go away that is the harmful culprit.

Now, we live in a very fast paced world that is always go, go, go, go, which makes avoiding stress extremely difficult, if not impossible. Not only do we have emotional stressors that we encounter, but we also have physical stressors as well as chemical stressors.

What’s important is our response to the stress and having certain coping strategies that can help us.

Reduce Stress

There are many ways in which we can reduce stress on an emotional/physical level, but also on a cellular level as well.

If we are looking for emotional or physical stress relief, there are simple exercises one can do at home even when there isn’t very much time.

I always recommend meditation to each of my patients. Meditation is a great way to address the mind/body component of our healing. This is extremely beneficial in calming the mind and relaxing the nervous system.

If you are not comfortable with meditation, focus on breathing! Every night before bed, do 5 deep belly breaths. Focus on taking in all the air into your tummy and expelling that air and really clear your mind of all other distractions. This gives a feeling of zen and relaxation. It takes no time at all and is something that can definitely be worked into a night time routine. These belly breaths can be done at any other point during the day as well and can be very relaxing. This releases all sorts of endorphins in the brain and is an excellent strategy to help unwind.

Another good strategy is movement. Whether this be a simple walk or something more advanced like doing yoga or stretching. Getting the body moving is so important and extremely beneficial for mental health and helping decrease stress. This is also a great way to address physical stressors. Did you know, they are now saying “Sitting is the new smoking”? Sitting is very damaging for our bodies. When we sit for too long, we are not using our postural and stability muscles. This puts us at more risk for injury and increases stress on our bodies. So, get moving!!

If we want to decrease stress on a more cellular level, there are different strategies that can be done as well.

Chiropractic Adjustment

One phenomenal way to decrease stress would be to go to a Chiropractor. The Chiropractic Adjustment has been shown in research to decrease numerous stress hormones and help the body get back to a more relaxed and balanced state. Chiropractic is a safe, gentle and natural way to help reduce stress and is extremely effective in improving overall health and wellness. Chiropractic adjustments are very safe for everyone, including prenatal as well as pediatric care, and is a wonderful tool to add to your care for general health and wellbeing.

Another great way to help support the nervous system in an all-natural way is to add essential oils into your daily regimen. Not only are essential oils beneficial for managing emotions, they can also be used topically for pain relief. This helps minimize the chemical stressors to our system. For more information on the oils, please visit or contact Dr. Donato directly and all of your questions will be answered.

Lastly, we can address mind/body stressors through a specific technique called Neuro-Emotional Technique ( This technique helps decipher where our stress is coming from and connects this stress to a specific event in time. This can be profoundly beneficial and quickly becomes a favorite technique for patients. Often times, patients note decreased pain levels, increased mental clarity, as well as improved emotional states. Research is now showing this technique influences the brain and makes changes that can be seen on fMRI studies.

So, you want to learn about stress?
The key is to worry less
And if you want to feel your best,
Don’t forget to rest!
So focus on your breath
Until you’ve breathed yourself to death
Meditation clears the mind
Until you’ve no worries left to find
Regular movement is essential
To function at your highest potential
And don’t skip your Chiropractic adjustment
That wouldn’t be very good judgment
Essential oils are good for you
These manage pain, emotions and stress too!
And to really give your brain an extra tweek,
Why not add in Neuro-Emotional Technique?

Stress is unfortunately a part of daily life for all of us. But there are techniques out there that can help. If there is anything I can do for you, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Yours in health; body, mind and soul.

Dr. Julianne Donato, B.A., D.C.

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