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Stress: Easing Up on Life
Recognizing how intricately each part of the body functions in connection to every other part is where these holistic physicians place their emphasis. “Happiness is influenced by a lot of things. You can take someone who eats well but if they live under tremendous stress, it’s difficult,” says Cabin.
Stress is a normal physical reaction to threatening situations, according to the Mayo Clinic. However, what may be a normal, healthy reaction on occasion becomes a health risk when one’s lifestyle generates stress on a consistent basis.“Stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior,” warns the Mayo Clinic.
One stress symptom people are often unaware of is jaw clenching or grinding while they are sleeping. Jaw clenching doesn’t just jeopardize your dental health. But it can actually overload the body’s entire system and cause pain throughout your entire body, according to Steven Swidler, DDS, owner of Medicine Wheel Dental & Wellness Center, a holistic dental practice in Tucson.
“I tell people, lips together, jaw relaxed,” Swidler says. “he only time your teeth are touching is chewing or swallowing. Think of it as a tuner on a radio. When your jaw is relaxed, the signal is on the right station, but when you bite down, you’re in between stations and there’s a lot of static going to all your muscles, all your organs.” For example, he adds, simply by adjusting your jaw, you can notice relief in lower back pain.
Spirit: Beyond the Body
“I find that once a person is back in balance, in a state of wellness, they are able to choose for themselves the next steps to take to stay in health,” says Phelps.
It’s true that adjusting diet and addressing stress management will
take you far in your pursuit of health and happiness, but it’s also crucial to not forget the spiritual component of total wellness.
“I don’t think that you can be happy without having some sort of spiritual understanding of the world,” says Ackerly. “It may be religion, it may be family, it may be a job – but that sense of meaning is really important.”
Swidler begins his day with prayer for guidance, and Cabin practices his own form of spirituality as artfully as he practices holistic medicine. Many of the professionals cited in this article are also strong advocates of regular yoga and meditation for bringing balance to even the most hectic of lifestyles.
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