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We all know that stress is just a part of life. We all have moments of feeling anxious or depressed, but when those feelings become more of a permanent fixture in our lives, it is time to get some help. What many may not know is how effective acupuncture can be in providing relief to the mental and physical symptoms associated with anxiety and depression. continue reading
“At a time when people are so conscious of maintaining their physical health by controlling their diets, exercising, and so forth, it makes sense to try to cultivate the corresponding mental attitudes too.”
– HH the Dalai Lama, 1963
It can be easy to forget how much our mental state can affect our physical well-being. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, that connection is evident in the treatment strategies, but it is also true that when we are feeling bad, we don’t always think to look at our minds. It works both ways. continue reading
Far and away, acupuncture is one of the best tools out there for anxiety and stress reduction. Whether its stuck in San Diego traffic, trying to get all your errands done, a crazy day at work or hyper kiddos at home it seems like the sources of anxiety are endless. I treat so much stress and anxiety in my Banker’s Hill San Diego acupuncture practice that I have so many tricks to share. For some quick DIY acupuncture you can take control until you get in to see me for an acupuncture appointment. Check out these top three acupuncture points for anxiety listed below:
Liver 3 is a point located between the first and second toes. If you slide your finger between the toes up until you hit the junction of the two bones, you will find a very tender spot. This is a great point for so many things: irritability, headaches, TMJ, anxiety…the list goes on. Its also a great point for grounding energy since its on the foot. Think if bringing all that stressful monkey mind chatter downward.
Pericardium 6 is a point that is commonly used for stress and nausea. You’ve probably seen the sea sickness bracelets? Those activate this point. Located about 2 inches up from the wrist on the underside of the arm. Its located between the tendons you can feel if you make a fist. It is powerful calming point for stress and nausea.
Stomach 6 Not a top go go for most but its one of my favorites. Clench your teeth and you’ll feel it at the belly of the big muscles that tightens up. Its a great point for relaxing the muscles of the face and jaw. This relaxation extends up into the head and around they eyes creating and instant calming effect.
Try these out and let me know what you think!
Seems like San Diego is a hot bed anymore for the positive thinking movement. Its easy to get caught in comparison and FOMO on social media when everyone else looks like they have it together. It can be a big source of anxiety! What to do when it looks like everyone else has it figured out and where they are headed? Goal setting is a huge piece to success. If you havent practiced it much it might seem daunting but these seven steps are a great place to start:
1. Motivation. The goals you set for yourself should be important to you, making you feel there is value in achieving them. Make sure you’re able to identify why each goal matters to you, otherwise it will be hard to take action.
2. Bite-Sized bits. For instance, if your goal is to lose 60 pounds over the next year, break that down into smaller more achievable goals. For example, set a goal of losing five pounds per month for the next 12 months. This makes the larger goal more feasible and accessible.
3. Write it! The physical act of writing down a goal makes it tangible and real and adds a sense of accountability to the goals. Pay attention t the wording you use. In place of “I would like to” use “I will” to give your goals more power.
4. Plan of Attack. In other words, don’t just focus on the end result. Spend time working on the steps it will take to get you to your ultimate goal.
5. Modify when necessary. Goals may change as you age or as you start to change. Your goals should be adjusted accordingly, allowing for flexibility and growth.
6. Share it! Like writing your goals down, saying them outloud to someone makes them feel more real and helps to hold you accountable for achieving them.
7. Persistence. Many times, when we are faced with failure, we tend to give up on our goals. Some of the most successful people in history failed numerous times before they got it right. And they all had to stop, adjust and reevaluate their goals as they went along, but they ultimately succeeded because they stayed the course.