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Stress Relief and Alternative Medicine
Stress, often referred to as “The Silent Killer”, has always been one of the unavoidable detriments to our health. During these especially hard times most people incur more than their fair share of stress. Some people are left with no choice but to work two or three jobs just to make ends meet or to keep from losing their home. We find ourselves working far too many hours, with deadlines to meet, itineraries to adhere to, dinners to be cooked, laundry to be done, family issues to be dealt with. All of this continuing over and over in a vicious circle. It seems stress has become a chronic condition and is literally built into the fabric of our society. We must somehow find a way to relieve it; poorly managed stress can manifest itself in a variety of emotional, behavioral and even physical symptoms. It is common knowledge that hobbies help reduce stress. However, in order to enjoy a hobby, you need spare time and time is not something most of us do not have in western civilization. As a single mother, I can certainly attest to stress overload and not having enough hours in the day. Today’s turbulent lifestyles, cause some people to turn to self medicating; in order to numb them from life’s ongoing turmoil, this can often lead to addiction. I personally have noticed it becoming increasingly more common in all demographic groups ranging from soccer moms to CEOs of large corporations. What I do to relieve stress and highly recommend; is massage therapy. No, you don’t have to go to a sleazy, seedy “massage parlor” there are plenty of legit establishments. There was an era of time within my generation when massage had a bad reputation with the image of the unsavory “massage parlor”. However, that image has faded as more and more professionals in therapeutic massage have surfaced and began marketing their services tastefully; in efforts to remove the stigma...
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