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How Stress Can Impact Your Mental Health

Sources of stress surround us in our daily lives. We can eliminate some but not all stress from our lives. Coping with stress in unhealthy ways can result in mental health symptoms like anxiety and depression. A naturopathic doctor will help you rebound from life’s stressors and manage them in a healthy way for body and mind. 

Why Mental Health Matters

Mental health concerns reflect an imbalance in the interactions between the mind, the body, and the environment. Traditional medicine will often treat mental health symptoms with medications that alter brain function and bring no relief from the underlying problems. Instead of medications, naturopathic doctors focus on restoring your physical, mental, and emotional balance. 

How Stress Can Impact Your Mental Health

Most of us never think about how much stress we cope with every day. We face pressure at work, personal and social life, and countless other sources. Stress impacts both mental and physical health. 

The body’s response to stress prepares you to think and act quickly, putting your body and mind on high alert. This reaction would benefit a person in danger, but most of our stress does not come from actual risk but from ongoing, chronic stressors that we have learned to accept. 

Symptoms of chronic stress may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Appetite changes
  • Racing thoughts
  • Mood changes

Long-term chronic stress can also lead to physical health problems like heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and substance misuse. 

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How to Manage Your Stress and Mental Health

Stress management begins with a full assessment of the stressors in your life. Dr. Doug Cutler will help you examine the areas in your life that cause you the most stress, then develop a plan to assist you in reducing those stressors. 

Although you can manage some sources of stress in your life, no one can eliminate all stress. To make sure your stress levels do not harm your mental health, Dr. Cutler will develop a comprehensive plan to restore your mind and body so they can better handle external and internal stressors. 

Treating Mental Health Concerns

Dr. Cutler will address these treatment goals with you to understand how they fit together. This will help you achieve a healthy, resilient body and mind. 

Chemical Imbalances

Dr. Cutler has specialized testing that looks at the chemicals in the brain that can affect mood, depression, and anxiety. A thorough individualized treatment plan will then help supplement these deficiencies naturally, that may be innate and at the core of some of the emotional states you may be feeling.

Nutrition

Naturopathic doctors will test you for any possible deficiencies or sensitivities, then recommend a customized nutrition plan that gives your body everything it needs without toxic chemicals or byproducts. 

Detoxification

After a lifetime of exposure to toxins in our air, water, food, and on things we touch, we often carry a burden of toxins that affects our health. Dr. Cutler will manage your detoxification, so your body works and feels better. 

Activity

Physical activity brings the mind and body into balance and releases endorphins that help you feel calmer and less stressed. It also helps keep the body healthy, which keeps you mentally healthier. 

Lifestyle

Lifestyle changes may need to be implemented for your mental health, whether changes in professional or personal environments, to ultimately affect lasting mental well-being.

Take the Next Step

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Doug Cutler and his team of expert naturopathic providers to learn more about stress and mental health. Call us at (248) 663-0165 today! Cutler Integrative Medicine is dedicated to your health and well-being. 

Cutler Integrative Medicine is a premier award-winning wellness clinic that provides patients with unparalleled individualized naturopathic healthcare. Dr. Doug Cutler is a nationally renowned expert in Naturopathic medicine and has the highest training in his field, as well as in Environmental Medicine, IV Nutrient Therapy, and Detoxification. His ClubIV™ is one of the most extensive IV Nutrient Clinics in the country.

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