The stress of a new year can literally make you sick: Make 2022 a stress-free year

The stress of a new year can literally make you sick: Make 2022 a stress-free year



It’s true; when you live in a state of stress, it can cause physical illness.

When your body is experiencing stress, it acts in a “fight or flight” mode. This means the sympathetic nervous system has kicked in and released a hormone called Cortisol.

Stress makes you more susceptible to illness because constant Cortisol creates an inflammatory response in your body. This can cause a cascade of aches and pains.

This ancient response to physical safety wasn’t meant to happen consistently, day in and day out. But our modern psychological stressors cause it to work in overdrive.

Chronic stress can contribute to health issues like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and gastrointestinal problems such as irritable bowel syndrome.

Stress and worry are a part of life for everyone, especially around the holidays. But you can manage your stress so it doesn’t hurt your health.


Try these tips to reduce your stress:

  • Get enough sleep.
  • Practice relaxation techniques like meditation or deep breathing.
  • Make time to exercise every day. Even a comfortable stroll for 15 minutes releases endorphins that stimulate relaxation and boost your mood.
  • Manage your social media time. The research on social media and mood is extensive.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Connect with others in real life.

A health and wellness plan, including chiropractic care, can also help you manage stress. You’ll feel less stressed and ready to take on any new challenges 2022 can throw your way.


By Dr. Bryen A. Bell, a Board-Certified Chiropractic Physician with over 20 years of professional experience. Contact Dr. Bell at True Potential Chiropractic family care facility. Call 503-574-4872 or visit