Chronic stress pervasively and silently affects our physical and mental health. In the latest podcast episode of De-Stress for Success with Dr. Shamistra Barathan, we delve into this complex issue, exploring the often-overlooked aspects of stress, its impact on our bodies, and how we can effectively manage it.
Dr. Shamistra Barathan, an integrative General Practitioner from Melbourne’s Mint Clinic, discusses the significant impact of stress on both mental and physical health, hormonal changes fatigue and burnout.
Dr. Shamistra explains how cortisol, a stress hormone, plays a significant role in a range of negative factors, such as anxiety, lack of sleep, rumination thoughts and even weight gain. The conversation further reveals the benefits of integrative medicine, which provides us with a deeper understanding of our body’s response to stress including the underlying causes of the stress source and how it can aid in managing weight gain.
Integrative medicine offers a comprehensive approach to understanding our body’s stress responses, allowing us to take a proactive stance in managing our health.
The episode concludes with Dr. Shamistra sharing her top three tips in managing stress – deep breathing exercises, monitoring caffeine intake, and sleep quality – as well her personal goto methods of managing her own stress levels – deep breathing, mediation and walking in nature. All of these tips are practical and simple and can be incorporated into our daily schedules today!
Treating burnout and combating stress is a multi-faceted process. It involves setting boundaries, developing a self-care plan, and regularly checking in with ourselves to gauge our stress levels. Understanding the impact of chronic stress on our bodies is the first step towards breaking the stress cycle.
Finally, the podcast episode explores how listeners can access the resources at Mint Clinic to start their journey into integrative medicine. This includes online consultations, ebooks, and other valuable resources.
In conclusion, the podcast episode provides a comprehensive understanding of chronic stress and practical strategies to combat it. As we navigate through life’s challenges, it’s crucial to equip ourselves with the knowledge and tools necessary to maintain our mental and physical well-being.
DR BARATHAN, MINT CLINIC
If you are after an integrative approach to your health, consider exploring Mint Clinic’s website at https://mintclinic.com.au. Online consultations for those of us living outside of Melbourne are also provided.
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