Stress Management

Blake Dennis, ND -  - Naturopathic Medicine

Origins Naturopathic

Blake Dennis, ND

Naturopathic Medicine & Wellness Clinic located in Seattle, WA

Contemporary life is fast-paced, and many men and women feel enormous pressure due to obligations at work or school, family responsibilities, social expectations, etc. Whether you’re struggling with stress in response to a specific situation or you’d like to reduce your stress in general, the caring team led by Blake Dennis, ND, at Origins Naturopathic can help. The team designs holistic, integrative stress management plans that minimize stress symptoms while enhancing your overall health and sense of wellbeing. To schedule an evaluation for stress management, call the Seattle, Washington, clinic, or make an appointment online today.

Stress Management

What is stress?

Stress generally refers to the body’s natural response to demanding or dangerous situations. Often called the “fight-or-flight” response, your nervous system triggers an internal chemical reaction that makes you more alert and ready to respond quickly to stimuli that you perceive as challenging or threatening.

Examples of the stress response include:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Rapid breathing
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Muscle tension

Because you can’t outrun or escape many modern stress triggers, the stress response often remains activated. Over time, this can lead to complications for your physical and mental health.

What causes stress?

Factors that can contribute to stress include:

  • Work or school obligations
  • Family obligations
  • Challenging relationships
  • Life events
  • Nutrition
  • Sleep habits
  • Level of physical activity
  • Environmental toxins

When you’re in good physical health, you’re less likely to suffer from debilitating stress symptoms. Unfortunately, periods of stress can be the hardest time to focus on eating healthy, exercising regularly, and getting plenty of sleep.

How can naturopathic medicine help with stress management?

The skilled providers at Origins Naturopathic can help you identify stressful triggers, evaluate your response to stressful situations, and create more balance and mental clarity to help you control your stress and promote overall physical and emotional wellness. 

To design your personalized stress management plan, your provider begins with a comprehensive evaluation. This includes a physical exam, a review of your health history. Your provider also assesses your nutrition, physical activity, sleep patterns, environmental stressors, personal relationships, and other variables that contribute to stress.

Once you and your provider have identified the primary triggers for stress in your life, your provider designs a holistic management plan tailored to your individual needs. 

Your stress management plan may include:

Mind-body medicine

Breathing exercises, guided meditation, and emotional processing techniques can help you control the way your body responds to stress triggers, promote a sense of calm, and support your overall health. 

Physical medicine

Physical medicine treatments, such as myofascial release, visceral manipulation, or craniosacral therapy, help release tension, relieve pain, and create more physical ease, which supports a positive response to stress triggers. 

Herbal medicine

Herbal and nutritional medicine help to calm your nervous system, improve brain function, and support your overall health. Robust health and vitality are essential in preventing the adverse effects of prolonged stress on your body.

To schedule an evaluation for stress management, call Origins Naturopathic today or make an appointment online.