Acupuncturist offers 5 points to de-stress

Ashley Wells demonstrates the motions of Qigong.Ashley Wells demonstrates the motions of Qigong.
Ashley Wells demonstrates the motions of Qigong.

Ashley Wells demonstrates the motions of Qigong.

BY Molly Congdon
Gazette Reporter
CLIFTON PARK — Are you always stressed out and on the go? Feel like you don’t have enough time in your day for anything other than work and your never-ending list of mundane errands?
Many people find themselves in this rut and, unfortunately, squeezing a tension ball, which seems to be made of memory foam, just doesn’t cut it.
In today’s society, it’s hard to unwind from our hectic, technology-saturated days. The buildup of this stress results in an array of symptoms both small and large, but mostly negative.
Ashley Wells, licensed acupuncturist of 518 Acupuncture, a Chinese medical clinic in Clifton Park, has some tips to help you diminish your tension.
1. Just Breathe
Whether in the morning, at night or both, take the time to focus on inhaling and exhaling. Push all your other worries and thoughts aside.
“Be aware of your breath,” Wells said. “Breathing exercises are great and be sure you are breathing deep into the belly.”
2. Focus On You
What genuinely makes you happy? It could be anything from painting your nails to belting out your favorite song. Intertwine these activities into your day.
“Take time every day to do something for yourself, ” Wells said. “Whether it’s bird-watching or drawing or some kind of activity that’s just for you and has nothing to do with what you are stressed-out about.”
3. Eat Well
Think before you eat. “There are lots of Eastern dietary therapies,” Wells said. “During the cold months you should stay away from cold foods. Ice cream is a killer; it’s so taxing on the system.”
4. Be Mindful
You know what stresses you out the most. The first step to figuring out a way deal with it is to admit that it is causing you strain.
“Sometimes you can’t escape your stress, but it’s important to be aware of it so that you can prepare for it,” Wells said.
5. Grab A Scarf
This time of year, in this area, you don’t have to check with Paul Caiano to know that temperatures are not going to be T-shirt-friendly.
“You have to bundle up correctly,” Wells said. “It’s really important because the back of the neck is where external pathogens enter the body.”