An Integrative Approach to Practicing Medicine
Some “Incredible” information about stress.
I decided to dress up today as Mr. Incredible in an effort to help with stress management at the clinic. Yes, that’s me in tights. And yes, I did decide to put a picture of it on the internet for the entire world to see. The best part about the costume is that everybody seems to be smiling and laughing much more so today than on other days. I have found that my patients can not help but to crack a smile or some have even broken out in hysterical laughter when I walk into the room. Laughter promotes our parasympathetic tone which produces a hormone called DHEA. DHEA is a rebuilder hormone. It’s an anti-aging hormone. It helps to combat the damage done by chronic cortisol elevations from stress over long periods of time. Activities that help to promote DHEA include dancing, laughing, eating dinner with your family or friends or other loved ones, relaxing in front of good classical music or going for a walk outside. When we boost our DHEA levels we can help restore our body back into balance. So don’t forget that laughter and the pure joy of life is a powerful stress reliever and does wonders for your body.
Have a happy and stress reducing Halloween!