Our Gift to You: simple strategies to reduce stress this holiday season

With the holidays swiftly approaching we often find our stress levels rising. At Danforth East Wellness we all came together to come up with some concrete ideas to help you enjoy the holidays without as much fuss! Here are the results of our brainstorming!

    1. Get to bed at a regular hour. Turn off devices half an hour before bed to let your mind decompress. At least 7 hours of sleep helps keep our stress hormone in check, and even one night of reduced sleep can significantly increase stress.
    2. Drink enough water. Make sure to intersperse holiday merriment with hydration! Reduce sugary drinks by cutting them down or choosing sparkling water in between other drinks. Limiting your coffee or black tea intake is also important for maintaining a low stress state, especially if you’re sensitive to caffeine.
    3. Get outside for a walk. Sunshine is incredibly important if you can get out during the day. Being in nature has been proven to lower stress, regardless of time of day. At night, the lights out on houses are also a wonderful inspiration.
    4. Have meaningful conversations. Small talk can be stressful. Find a topic that is important to share with loved ones & think about a few things that make you smile. Spread your message this holiday season and be true to how you actually feel.
    5. Know your limits and maintain your boundaries. Take some time to consider what the holidays mean to you and create it. Sometimes that means saying ‘no’. Whether it’s spending time socializing, expressing your creativity in the kitchen, or doing activities with your kids, make sure your decisions are aligned with your needs and desires.
    6. Most of us don’t really need more things. Spend time together, exchange cookies or other edible items, or donate to a cause you believe in. To avoid over-spending – stick to your budget, and communicate with friends when gift exchanges are unnecessary.
    7. Don’t try to squeeze it all in! If time is a crunch, then suggest get togethers in the New Year. Yule actually extends for twelve days after Christmas!
    8. Make a list to help focus and plan. This reduces the anxiety of feeling disorganized. Journaling and writing can shift your mind away from the ‘to-do’s’ and help relieve some emotional burden.
    9. Simple stretches and yoga can help with breathing, and general anxiety. Exercise is great but don’t pressure yourself or overdo things. If feeling acutely stressed, do a brief body scan from head to toes and ask yourself “what do I need in this moment?” It could be any of the above things, so listen to your body and put yourself first.
    10. Enjoy indulging yourself. Food and festivities are meant to be enjoyed. Try not to feel guilty for participating. Be kind to yourself.

We’re also here to support you with your health needs above and beyond this list, as you require!

We hope you and your friends and families have warm wonderful holidays, and see you in the New Year.

Welcome to our Naturopathic Doctor Nicole DeYonge!

Dr. Nicole DeYonge, who is a Naturopathic Doctor, will be joining the Danforth East Wellness Team as of November 5. She has a passion for supporting digestive, hormone, brain, and immune health to help you live your best life! Naturopathic doctors are licensed to diagnose and treat patients in many areas of health concerns, and utilize a thorough medical intake with laboratory & functional testing to find and address the root cause. Treatment plans are tailored to individual needs and preferences with a focus on diet, lifestyle, and a variety of natural therapies. To explore your path to whole health and happiness, or to learn more about Dr. Nicole, visit www.nicoledeyongend.com.

WE’VE MOVED!!!!

We have moved our clinic and are now located at 1776 Danforth Avenue – don’t worry – it’s still a basement so it’s not TOO much change!  It’s not far from the home clinic – only a five minute walk – and it’s still the same subway stop (Coxwell).  At the building be sure to use the RIGHT side door and press the lit up square on the intercom.  Enter the door, then turn left into the green door.  Take your shoes off at the end of the hall before going downstairs.  The waiting room is at the end of the downstairs hallway.

We are looking forward to showing you the new space!

Keep an eye out for information for our open house later in the fall!!!

Take care until we see you next!!

Acupuncture at Danforth East Wellness

When someone tells you they go for acupuncture it may not be what you imagine!  There are many different streams of acupuncture, from Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture (TCM), which focuses on maintaining the balance of chi, or vital energy in the body, to Japanese acupuncture, to Contemporary Medical Acupuncture.

At Danforth East Wellness we use Contemporary Medical Acupuncture to help us achieve the results we are looking for. Contemporary Medical Acupuncture is a nerve stimulation technique, which involves the painless insertion of extra fine needles into specific areas.  This stimulates the nervous system to release certain substances in the brain, thereby altering the body’s pain pathways.

Contemporary Medical Acupuncture works at both local and global levels. Here are some ways that happens!

  • altering pain sensation: stimulating the central nervous system through certain acupuncture points changes the pain sensation
  • tissue repair: the acupuncture improves blood flow to local areas, and the rest of the body, allowing oxygen and nutrients to help repair tissues
  • reduction of tension: acupuncture helps to release trigger points and assist in relaxation of fascia and tissue
  • calming the body and mind: stimulation of nerves in the body improves energy and biochemical balance, allowing the body to heal itself and promote physical and emotional well-being.

Acupuncture has been shown an effective treatment for many conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of several neurological and muscular disorders, some of which include:

  • Headaches
  • Neck and back pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sports injuries (sprains, strains)
  • Sciatica
  • Neuritis (inflammation of nerves)
  • Facial pain.

Contemporary Medical Acupuncture is a treatment modality that works well on its own or in combination with other therapies.  Please call or email to talk about how acupuncture can fit into your health regimen!

References: Canadian Contemporary Acupuncture Association, 2010-2016. McMaster University Medical Contemporary Acupuncture Program, 2016.