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"Self-care is giving yourself permission to pause." - Cecilia Tran

Remember, you are not alone in your journey, and it's okay to prioritize your own well-being. By nurturing your nervous system, you can cultivate greater resilience and thrive amidst the ups and downs of motherhood. Until next time, take care of yourself and each other.

Understanding Mom Stress: How It Affects Your Nervous System

Motherhood is a journey filled with love, joy, and countless rewarding moments. But let's be real—it's also incredibly challenging. From sleepless nights and endless diaper changes to the constant juggling act of balancing work, family, and personal life, being a mom can sometimes feel like an uphill battle. And while it's normal to experience stress from time to time, chronic stress can take a serious toll on your body and mind, particularly on your nervous system.

The Science Behind Mom Stress

When you experience stress, whether it's from a demanding job, financial worries, or the everyday chaos of raising kids, your body goes into sympathetic dominance, "fight or flight" mode. This triggers the release of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, which prepare your body to respond to perceived threats. While this response is essential for survival in dangerous situations or our competitive nature, it becomes problematic when it's constantly activated by chronic stress. We stay stuck in sympathetic dominance resulting in dysautonomia.

Impact on the Nervous System

Your nervous system plays a crucial role in regulating your body's response to stress. The sympathetic nervous system is responsible for triggering the "fight or flight" response, while the parasympathetic nervous system helps to calm the body down and restore balance once the threat has passed. However, chronic stress can disrupt this delicate balance, leading to dysregulation of the nervous system and a range of negative health effects. Chiropractic adjustments “turn on” the parasympathetic nervous system improving the balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system.

Physical Symptoms

The effects of chronic stress on the nervous system can manifest in various physical symptoms, including:

  • Muscle Tension: Chronic stress can cause muscles to remain in a constant state of contracture and tension, leading to headaches, back pain, and overall discomfort.

  • Digestive Issues: Stress can impair digestion and lead to symptoms like stomachaches, bloating, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

  • Immune System Dysfunction: Prolonged stress weakens the immune system, making you more susceptible to infections and illnesses.

  • Cardiovascular Problems: Stress contributes to high blood pressure, heart disease, and other cardiovascular issues.

Mental Health Impact

In addition to its physical effects, chronic stress can also take a toll on your mental health. It's associated with an increased risk of anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders. Over time, chronic stress can even cause changes in the structure and function of the brain, affecting memory, cognition, and emotional regulation.

Managing Mom Stress for Better Nervous System Health

While it's impossible to eliminate stress entirely, there are steps you can take to manage it and support your nervous system:

  • Practice Mindfulness: Incorporate mindfulness techniques like deep breathing, meditation, and yoga into your daily routine to help calm your mind and reduce stress.

  • Prioritize Self-Care: Make time for activities that nourish your body and soul, whether it's taking a long bath, going for a walk in nature, or indulging in a hobby you love.

  • Set Boundaries: Learn to say no to unnecessary commitments and delegate tasks whenever possible. It's okay to ask for help and prioritize your own needs.

  • Seek Support: Don't be afraid to reach out to friends, family, or a therapist for support. Talking about your feelings can help alleviate stress and provide a fresh perspective on your challenges.

  • Stay Well Adjusted: As noted above chiropractic adjustments improve your ability to handle stress. We often hear from patients in the office that the amount of stress does not decrease but their ability to handle the stress improves. This is due to an improved balance between the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system.

Remember, You're Not Alone

If you're feeling overwhelmed by mom stress, know that you're not alone. As moms, we're stronger together. Many moms struggle with the pressures of motherhood, and it's okay to ask for help when you need it. By taking proactive steps to manage stress and support your nervous system, you can cultivate greater resilience and thrive amidst the ups and downs of motherhood. Until next time, take care of yourself and each other.

We strive to be one of those support systems for YOU. In the month of May, we are offering complimentary neurological scans for all MOMs. If you have a friend or family member that you feel could benefit from a neuro check-up, send them the offer below.

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