Dr. Loy Anderson, MD - Functional Medicine in Great Falls Montana
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Dr. Loy Anderson, MD - Functional Medicine in Great Falls Montana
Five Tips to Tackle Heartburn Naturally
February 26, 2024
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March 5, 2024

Hello Thriven community, Cali here! I want to talk about managing chronic stress, a common challenge we all face. While stress is a natural response, chronic stress can disrupt our lives and health if left unaddressed. It’s important to understand that even after the stressor (like a looming deadline or major event) has passed, the stress itself may linger if we don’t complete the stress cycle. Here are five effective ways to help you finish that stress cycle and regain balance:

1. Shake It Out

One way to release pent-up stress is to shake it out. Just as animals physically shake after escaping danger, we too can shake off tension. This simple action allows your body to discharge the built-up energy that can keep you feeling on edge.

2. Deep Abdominal Breathing

Intentional breathing is vital for stress relief. Try placing one hand on your chest and the other on your abdomen. When you breathe in, your abdomen should rise more than your chest. Focus on deep abdominal breathing, where you expand your diaphragm and exhale slowly. This calms your nervous system and provides a quick way to reset.

3. 20-Second Hug

Hugging for at least 20 seconds helps your body produce oxytocin, the “love hormone,” which lowers cortisol levels and reduces stress. Hold the hug until one of you releases a sigh of relief. The duration of the hug matters; try it out with a loved one to feel a soothing sense of connection.

4. Belly Laugh

Laughter is one of the best remedies for stress. Whether it’s watching funny videos, reminiscing over past jokes, or calling a friend who always makes you laugh, a good belly laugh helps your body release tension and restores positive energy.

5. Big Cry

Sometimes, we all need a good cry. It might not be pleasant during the moment, but afterward, that deep sigh of relief is your body completing the stress cycle. Don’t shy away from a cry if you need it; it’s a healthy way to release emotions.

Creative Expression

In addition to these five strategies, creative expression can also help. Personally, I’ve been learning to play the ukulele, which has been a joyful outlet. Whether it’s playing an instrument, drawing, writing, or dancing, find what allows you to channel your emotions.

Most of us can pinpoint a stressful event that preceded a health struggle. So, remember to complete your stress cycles with these techniques even after the stressor itself has passed. Let me know in the comments which method works best for you!

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