7 Ways To Cope with Trump anxiety

The day following the 2016 election was pretty stressful for people in the Bay Area.  Most of my patients came in the day after crying and extremely upset.  The next few months following, my patients began not showing up for appointments, not working and becoming ill.

Emotional stress takes a toll on not only you but others around you.  Every day there are tweets from Trump, constant new articles, Facebook postings, alarming executive orders, Russian allegations and racial tensions regarding number 45.  We are bombarded with it 24 hours a day.

People are worried.  Will I have healthcare?  Will we go to war?  Will I have civil rights?  Am I safe if I am black or Muslim?   This is a lot to deal with.  It is more than just a simple policy change, these are life and death issues.

According to Nervous Nation, they found that more than 1/2 of Americans (around 59%) are anxious after the election and 50% are still trying to find ways to cope with the negative environment that has started after this election.  This is not the Bay Area, this is the entire U.S.

More than 1/4 of the U.S. is engaging in some sort of negative behavior like drinking, smoking, over eating or arguing with loved ones more frequently because of high amounts of stress.

We have got to find a way to handle this barrage of bad press and energy we are encountering each day.

Here are some tips to help you sort out the emotions that may be effecting you in negative ways:

  1. Do something to gain back some power:

Write letters to the government to be heard, protest and demonstrate, call your congress representative, join an organization that supports your state of mind.  This can get you to be with people that may offer some different insight and help you cope a bit better with the day to day bombardments we have been getting in the press, online and from the community.

2. Contact friends, family, co-workers and have some real face time.  Not texting or tweeting, real interaction.

3. Meditate:  Getting into a daily ritual of meditation can help you appreciate aspects of your life that may be looked over with all that is going on each day.  Get connected to who you are and what you want out of life and find a goal to pursue to keep you happy and fulfilled.

4. Get some exercise: Working out at least 20-30 minutes each day have shown to decrease anxiety.

5. Journal: Keep a notepad by the bed, couch or desk to write down thoughts and get them out of your system.  It helps you to get rid of the anxiety of such thoughts and move you along with your day.  It also lets you know where you are in your state of mind so that you can evaluate how you are feeling.  Some times we don’t know how life is effecting us until it is pointed out in some way.

6. Plan for the worst and hope for the best:  If you write down or keep track of what the worst scenerio will be and prepare your mind for it, it can help you deal with anything.  Being prepared helps gives you peace of mind that there is nothing you can’t handle.  Now anything can happen and you got this!

7.  Hope, hope and more hope:  Did you know your thoughts most often become your reality?  They do!  Keep positive and don’t let the negativity become your reality.

Hope this helps….

Wellness Care v. Sick Care. What is the real difference?

What is real wellness care?

Most people who live in the United States believe they are getting health care when purchasing an insurance plan or when using one.  Sadly, most insurance plans cover “sick” care.  Health care should focus on health, not on sickness.  

According to to Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), it has been proven that prevention is the main element to better health.  Disease prevention could save millions of people in the United States from pain and suffering.  It’s clear to see, if you are looking, renewehiconlineuk.com published an article comparing the priorities in the American care system and that of Europe’s.

People want a system that allow them to stay well, not only treat them when they are sick.  Real wellness helps guide patients to healthy lifestyle choices that lead to a strong mind and body, not one that is dis-eased and low functioning.  Knowing what to eat and how to nourish the body, proper exercise, normal sleeping patterns,  stress relief or anything that may need to be modified to help each individual thrive as a person is real wellness. Being free from pain is not wellness, it is a holding pattern until bad habits lead to symptoms.  

Getting a dexascan, mammogram, annual exam are great to detect if anything is abnormal but finding out what is leading to any problems with the body is real prevention, health and wellness.  

According to the TFHA, americans are not as healthy as they used to be.  Rates of preventable problems like diabetes, stroke and heart disease are on the rise even though we know what causes them in most cases.  The U.S. has very high health care costs and because people are sicker (along with tons of mandatory paperwork).  

Healthy lifestyle prevention programs can help decrease costs at work, increase productivity and less days off from work.  Quality of life goes up and people are happier, energetic and more creative if they are healthy.  It can only take $10 per person per year in programs provided by the community to increase physical activity, help with nutrition and get people off of tobacco.  Doing this could save 16 billion dollars each year.  Yes, 16 billion dollars.  

Pesticides in our food, fast food, sedentary lifestyles, high stress at work and home are all leading to ill health and people are starting to think that having a headache from time to time is normal. It is not.  Digestive issues are rampant in the states and this is from the food we are eating not because our body doesn’t digest well when we get older.  Patients often tell me that pain is to be anticipated when getting older and it is not. Pain is a sign that something is wrong, not of old age.  

Staying healthy and well is hard work.  It takes dedication and education along the way.  Taking the time to give your body what it needs like bodywork, proper nutrition and exercise is a life long process.  It is work, but well worth it.  You and your body deserve it!

At Precise Moves Chiropractic, we cover the full spectrum of wellness care.  We help guide our patients along the way with any advice they may need to get them functioning at a high capacity.  Our Redwood City office is conveniently downtown and close to all methods of transportation.  Give us a call or see our 24 hour online scheduler to make an appointment.  Your body will thank you for it!