Treating stress for Dysautonomia makes a lot of sense. The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) controls our body’s reaction to stress, so naturally since our ANS does not function properly we are more susceptible to the negative reactions of stress. For me, my symptoms have never been worse than when I was dealing with the stress of applying to colleges, so I definitely see a correlation.
I was at the doctor once and I was suggested to try biofeedback. My doctor told me that it would help reduce stress, and by reducing stress I would be reducing my symptoms all around. Sounds great to me, but unfortunately I haven’t been able to find a biofeedback specialist so I’ve been poking around for other more practical treatments ever since.
I was flipping through tv channels the other day and saw “Patch Adams” was on TBS. The movie is based on the true story behind Doctor Patch Adams, a man that believes laughter is one of the most powerful medicines.
I decided to do some more research behind this doctor’s methods, and believe it or not laughter is scientifically proven to lower stress levels. Laughter reduces stress causing hormones cortisol and adrenaline while increasing health beneficial neurotransmitters and endorphins. Laughter provides both a physical and emotional stress release taking care of both categories of stress our body has to deal with. Not to mention laughing is just fun to do!
So when your up late at night trying to fight insomnia, maybe you should just give up the insomnia treatment techniques and watch your favorite late night show. Conan O’brien or David Letterman might just be your daily ticket to coping with stress. You can also watch loads of shows for free online at Hulu, making it easier than ever to get your laughter persciption filled. Aren’t a fan of tv? Try reading comics or just spending time with friends. Any moment that you can create to help make you laugh could help you feel better overall. In our cases a laugh a day may keep the doctor away.
Other treatments I’ve found that are supposed to help are Green Tea and Yoga (check out those links for the blog entries), but don’t expect to become a stress control master over night. I don’t think anyone can control their reaction to stress 100%. Well maybe Buddhist monks can, but I have no plans on moving to Nepal to learn their ancient ways.
Hope everyone is feeling well,