One of the major ways that we can identify in ourselves that we are stressed is when we feel different psychologically. We can suffer from acute or chronic Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, angry outbursts, and sleep disturbances, just to name a few manifestations of stress; everyone is different. Usually the stress has been going on for a long period of time or it has been very sudden and traumatic before we can fully identify and accept that we are feeling this way. More often than not, we try to keep calm and carry on for a long period of time before we realise that we are about to ‘crash and burn’. Often our bodies will show symptoms of stress before we can fully admit to ourselves how stressed we are, for example through skin eruptions like acne, or eczema, or digestive disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Chinese Medicine has a long history of perceiving the link between emotional stress and health, and vice versa, and can be very useful in helping you deal with the way your body manages stress, while also giving you tools to help deal with new stress in the future. Of course acupuncture, herbs, and massage can’t stop bad things from happening, what we may be able to help you with is to weather the storm and reduce its effects.