Acupuncture, Traditional Medicine and Your Mental Health
If you take care of your mind, you take care of the world.
— Arianna Huffington
This week is mental health week. As a result I’ve been thinking about me…not in a selfish way but a questioning one. I try to check-in with my friends and patients regularly – to make sure everyone in my circle is dealing with all the myriad joys and heartaches that are life. But I realised that sometimes I forget to ask myself how I am. Am I okay? Do I need help? And I imagine many of you feel the same way. We focus on others…our spouses, kids, parents and friends…but forget about us. The last 18 months have been hard on everyone. Our world has been turned upside down by an invisible intruder. We’ve all had to learn a new normal…even those of us lucky enough to live here in WA.
So…are you okay?
What are the symptoms of anxiety and depression…do you know?
Are you tired and having trouble sleeping? Do you feel sick to your stomach? How about irritated or frustrated for no discernible reason? Does your heart beat too rapidly or do you have trouble breathing? Is it hard to concentrate or remember things?
These are some of the most common symptoms of anxiety. How many do you have?
Now…the good news…acupuncture and Traditional Medicine can help. Acupuncture can act on the nervous system which, in turn, releases serotonin. Serotonin is what gives you that calm, relaxed and oh-so-happy feeling. This also why when you finish an acupuncture session you feel boneless and chilled. And why many patients even fall asleep during treatment…Acu|Nap anyone?
And when you aren’t on the acupuncture table - there are many things you can do to assist with maintaining that chilled vibe.
Try learning Tai Chi…not only does this teach valuable breathing techniques…it’s really good exercise which is so important to your mental wellbeing. Eat well. Worry less. Meditate. Sleep for at least seven hours a night. Try to follow a nighttime routine and go to bed at the same time each night.Try keeping a journal. Over time, journaling can help you recognise issues that trigger stress and anxiety in your life.
We are human. That means all of us struggle sometimes with issues we don’t understand. Never be afraid to ask for help. There is no shame in needing a shoulder to cry on. Anyone who tells you they’ve never needed a physical or emotional hug is either lying or a space alien. Help comes to people who ask for it. Ask. And never fear you are alone because you aren’t.