3 ways to decrease anxiety without drugs

Decrease Stress Hormones in Your Body

 

Previously in this blog, we discussed the connection of migraines and anxiety. But anxiousness and stress is something that all of us deal with to a certain extent whether we have migraines or not. It is essential that we have ways for our bodies to adapt to a stressful lifestyle. Here are 3 ways to decrease anxiety without drugs:

 

Massage Therapy

 

Massage therapy has been shown to improve hormone balance significantly. The International Journal of Neuroscience analyzed a large amount of data associated with massage therapy and stress. They found significant decreases in bad stress hormones such as cortisol (average decrease 31%) with people who regularly receive massage therapy.

 

And good hormones such as serotonin and dopamine, which have been shown to decrease the chronic stress response were found to increase due to massage. The average increase was 28% for serotonin and an average increase of 31% for dopamine.

 

The study authors concluded, “these studies combined suggest the stress-alleviating effects (decreased cortisol) and the activating effects (increased serotonin and dopamine) of massage therapy on a variety of medical conditions and stressful experiences.”

 

Chiropractic Care

 

Upper cervical chiropractic care can do a lot more than just help with symptoms. Upper cervical chiropractic care improves the function of the nervous system, joint range of motion, mobility, flexibility, posture and more.

 

It has also been shown to influence stress hormones positively. Dramatic decreases of cortisol levels and improved immune system function has been noted in research.

 

This improvements in stress hormones allow your body to better adapt to your daily stresses.

 

Regular Exercise

 

When was the last time you exercised?

 

Exercise has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety and depression.  Many people report they just feel better if they are regularly exercising. That’s because exercise reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones, such as cortisol. It also stimulates the production of endorphins, such as serotonin and dopamine.  These good hormones are the body’s natural painkillers and mood elevators.

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