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How to Control Anxiety in the Workplace | Garland Chiropractors

Anxiety disorders are incredibly complex, in that the exact cause and origin of these disorders can be difficult to locate. Indeed, there is a tendency among those with anxiety to believe their anxiety can be linked to one or two specific events, when the reality is that anxiety is generally something that is forged over time through millions of life experiences.

But one area in life that commonly causes anxiety is the workplace. The modern workplace can be an incredibly stressful environment, and because the economy was tanking for so long, few people are at a place where they’re comfortable leaving their job and looking for something less stressful.

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While the workplace isn’t necessarily a place of “anxiety,” it is a place of stress, and studies have shown that long term and persistent stress can actually create anxiety disorders. That’s why it’s so important that you learn how to control your stress at your job and figure out what you can do to reduce the impact that it has on your life.

Strategies to stop work stress

There is no perfect strategy to overcoming work stress because a part of it is based on your own mental state. You need to be of the mindset that your job is just a job, and that it cannot and should not affect the way you feel outside of work. But until you’ve adopted that mindset, here are several strategies that can reduce the impact of workplace stress.

  1. Game Creation – Your job is likely not very enjoyable, and that’s one of the issues that causes the stress to add up. You need to find a way to make your job more fun. One way is to figure out what area of your job you can turn into a game. For example, if you do data entry, then you can time yourself for one hour and enter as much data as you can, then see if you can beat your “high score.” You can also make bingo cards out of issues that cause you stress, and if you get a bingo you treat yourself to something nice. Turning work into a game changes the way you look at your job, and hopefully the stress it creates.
  2. Exercising Regularly – Exercise is also a crucial part of overcoming stress at the workplace. Exercise has been extensively studied, and research confirms that it may actually be as powerful on mental health as some of the leading antidepressants and anxiety medications. So integrate exercise anywhere you can. See if you can bike to or from work, or exercise before or after to provide yourself with ample stress relief.
  3. Workplace Comfort – You’ll also find your workplace less stressful if you adjust how comfortable you are physically in the workplace. Make sure you get up and move, and talk to a chiropractor about how to fix any back pains or muscle issues that may be contributing to discomfort. Physical stress and mental stress are related, and if you can reduce one you can automatically reduce the other.
  4. Stay Busy – When you’re not working, you need to be immediately doing something that takes your mind off the stress you just experienced at work. Schedule things for yourself that start immediately after work. Make sure you spend time with friends and that you’re doing activities that reduce the amount of focus you place on your career. Less time thinking about workplace stress improves how much stress you experience within the workplace.
  5. Fake Positivity – You may find that your job doesn’t appreciate you, or you don’t get along with your coworkers or boss, or you simply find your entire career to be a mess. But a positive attitude is still something that benefits your overall stress relief. Since you’re not feeling positive, the next best thing is to fake it. All day, pretend as though you’re incredibly happy and a positive person. You may even find that over time, that activity actually starts to become your mindset.

Outside of work, you also need to focus on relaxation and anxiety relief. Make sure that you commit to some type of anxiety coping treatment and that you consider your mental health a priority. What you do to reduce stress in the workplace doesn’t just take place at work. You need to make sure that you’re living a life dedicated to reducing anxiety, and your workplace stress will benefit as a result.

Editors note: Our Garland chiropractors offer customized nutrition plans to help you cope with stress and anxiety. Our all natural, drug-free methods of treating stress are affordable and completely safe. We’ll work with you to help you feel more relaxed, positive and excited about life. You can contact our Garland chiropractors by calling (972) 840-2520.

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The Great Flu Shot Hoax

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Every year around flu season, we’re inundated with recommendations to get a flu shot. But do flu vaccines really protect against the flu? And what about the widely documented flu shot side effects? Are they worth the risk?

Mounting evidence suggests that the effectiveness of flu shots is only fair and is not the protection we’ve been led to believe.

Estimates of flu vaccine effectiveness vary greatly. According to the CDC, one observational study of people aged 50–64 demonstrated a 60% effectiveness in preventing laboratory-confirmed influenza among healthy adults. However the effectiveness level dropped to a mere 48% among people with high-risk medical conditions (Herrera et al., 2006). But it’s important to know that even under ideal conditions the flu vaccine varies in effectiveness from year-to-year.

Here are five reasons to reconsider your yearly flu shot:

1: Weakened Immune System
The idea behind a vaccination is to introduce a weakened version of the virus into the body so the immune system can recognize the intruder and build a response for when the real flu hits. The reality is often the opposite. Many people have observed that previously healthy kids who have received the flu shot develop runny noses, pneumonia, ear infections, and bronchitis more often.

Vaccinations initially weaken the immune system as it fights the weakened form of the virus. Then the immune system is supposed to bounce back stronger. But increasingly, data is starting to reveal a long term trend of weakened immunity from flu shots. This is because bodies that don’t naturally encounter the strong version of the virus have a generally weaker immune response to it and other, similar viruses.

2. Mercury Toxicity
Flu vaccines contain mercury, a highly toxic substance that has been linked to brain damage, Alzheimer’s disease, and a host of other terrible consequences to the human body. The amounts of mercury in flu vaccinations are within a regulated limit, and have not been directly linked to any conditions in patients who have received the flu shot. But creating a direct link between the mercury in a flu shot and a specific condition would be a scientific feat because of the complexity of the human body. However, it is known that mercury is a highly toxic substance, so why inject it into your body and risk the side effects of mercury toxicity.

3. Overuse is Leading to Resistant Strains
A resistant strain of a virus is a form of the virus that has mutated, allowing it to adapt to new conditions and in essence making it resistant to any medication we can throw at it. By vaccinating most of the population to a certain strain of virus, we open up a vast playground for any resistant strain. The immune systems of those who have been vaccinated wipes out the competition for the resistant strain, and allows it to wreak havoc on the body of that person. The amount of deadly, resistant strains is on the rise: bird flu, swine flu, H1N1, Avian flu virus – all have been in the news lately. Getting vaccinated to the common flu just distracts your immune system from building a natural response to the more deadly, resistant strains.

4. Complications in the Elderly and Immuno-Suppressed
Because the vaccine contains a small amount of the influenza virus, it can bring on the flu. This is especially true for the elderly, the very young, and those with weakened immune response, such as HIV-positive individuals. For these people, getting the vaccine can lead to serious health complications, and even be deadly. A better practice is to maintain overall health to support the body’s own immune response, and to avoid exposure by washing hands frequently. This is much more effective than risking potentially deadly flu shot side effects.

5. Potentially Serious Side Effects
Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) This autoimmune disorder occurs when a person’s immune system attacks the myelin sheath of nerve cells, which then leads to muscle weakness and in extreme cases, paralysis. In 1976, a “swine flu” vaccine was given to millions of Americans. Several hundred recipients contracted GBS, and 30 died from it. While you would think that the possibility of contracting Guillain-Barre Syndrome from today’s vaccine has been removed, you might be surprised to learn that GBS is still around, and is still linked to flu vaccines. Although the numbers of GBS from flu vaccines are very small, many others develop allergies, suppressed immune systems, and other chronic illnesses from flu vaccines.

Why Take The Risk?

Since flu shot side effects can lead to serious health complications, why not explore the many natural products that can help your immune system ward off the flu naturally. You’ll find your Garland chiropractor is a great resource for finding the right natural supplements, homeopathies and herbs.

The Hidden Health Risks of 4 Common Cleaning Products

In our efforts to maintain sanitary and fresh smelling households, we unwittingly bring many hidden toxins into our households. An average of 62 toxic chemicals pollute the average home. These toxins are three times as likely to cause cancer than outdoor air. In addition, 3 million poisonings are reported each year from common household cleaners — and these products are the top cause of poisoning in children.

Toxic cleaners and cosmetics have been linked to the astonishing 600% increase in asthma cases that have occurred since 1980. Other common diseases associated with chemical toxicity exposure are; multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, depression, hormonal imbalances and circulatory problems.

There are more toxic chemicals in most homes than in a modern chemistry lab!

Let’s look at a few common household products and explore their potentially dangerous hidden ingredients.

• Air fresheners – Who hasn’t used an air freshener? The fresh scents are intoxicating, and an easy quick-fix for nasty smells. Unfortunately, they contain petroleum distillates, the chemicals used in paints and solvents. They are flammable, irritate the eyes, lungs, skin, and may even cause pulmonary edema. Air fresheners also contain formaldehyde, which can cause cancer.
• Bleach – This common cleaning agent is used for disinfecting and washing clothes. Bleach contains sodium hypochlorite and/or chlorine — and has been linked to increasing rates of breast cancer in women, reproductive problems in men, and behavioral problems in children. NEVER mix bleach with drain or toilet bowl cleaners, which contain ammonia. The combination of ammonia and chlorine will produce chlorine gas, the same deadly chemical warfare agent used in World War I!
• Drain cleaners – These clogged drain remedies usually contain sulfuric acid or sodium hydroxide (lye). They can cause painful chemical burns, blindness if splashed into the eyes, and lung destruction. There’s a reason these chemical cleaners warn users to use gloves when handling!
• Mothballs – Composed of naphtha or naphthalene, the powerful ingredient in mothballs is a carcinogen so strong it will kill head lice! This chemical can cause headaches, dizziness, and can even lead to cataract formation.

Among the many other toxic cleaning products readily available in grocery stores are; ammonia, laundry detergents, oven-cleaners, rat poisons.

Now let’s take a look at a few safe and sustainable alternatives to common household cleaning products.

• Air fresheners – Use flowers, herbs, or natural potpourri. Diffuse essential oils to scent and cleanse the air. Natural incense may also be an option for you.
• Laundry bleach – Borax provides a safe alternative to bleach and can be used on all clothes. You might also choose to add ½ cup white vinegar to the rinse water.
• Drain cleaner – Try flushing the pipes once a week with boiling water. Here a simple, all natural formula for a homemade drain cleaner. Start by adding in ½ cup baking soda to the sluggish drain, followed by ½ cup vinegar. Wait a few minutes, then pour in 2 quarts of boiling water, and flush.
• Mothballs – Cedar chips also act as moth and insect repellent. Any garment that has been contaminated by insect eggs can be run through a hot clothes dryer to kill the eggs.

There are many other safe alternatives that can replace common household cleaning products. Not only are these products non-toxic, they’re also incredibly economical.

• For brass polish, use equal parts salt, flour, and vinegar
• A good disinfectant is ½ cup Borax dissolved in a gallon of hot water
• For fabric softener, use ¼ to ½ cup baking soda per wash load
• Natural furniture polish – use almond or olive oil, or part vegetable oil mixed with lemon juice in a 2:1 ratio
• For oven cleaner, scrub with a copper scrubber and baking soda, soap, and water

These are just a few examples of toxic cleaning products, and their safe alternatives. We all want a healthy and safe environment for our families, children, and pets! While the commercial cleaning manufacturers may be slow to “get the message” we can make safer choices. With a little care our decisions can help detoxify our living spaces, improve our overall health, and promote sustainable, earth friendly products.

At Texas Spine & Wellness, Garland Chiropractor Dr. James Mixon helps people who are searching for practical ways to better health. By using Nutrition Response Testing and his whole food nutrition programs, he can help you improve your health without the harsh side effects of medications. If you want to feel your best, give us a call We’re here to help!

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