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The Lompoc Vision

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Submitted by Dr Wilkerson D.C.

3 Overlooked Causes of Stress and How to Eliminate Them

About Lompoc Skilled Nursing:

Lompoc Skilled Nursing is a 120-bed skilled nursing

facility, focusing primarily on post-hospitalization transi-

tional care. Our greatest success is the ability to help pa-

tients recover and discharge back to home or to a lower

level of care. We employ our own therapists and operate a

large, fully contained therapy unit. Together, with our nurs-

ing staff, our goal is to help patients achieve their highest

level of functional independence.

We are licensed by both the California State Department

of Health and the Federal Government. As such, our staff

provides 24-hour-a-day nursing care and supervision to our

patients. These services include assistance with activities

of daily living (dressing, bathing, grooming, transfers, am-

bulation, etc.), feeding or assistance with meals, giving of

medications, treatments, etc. The level of services provided

to an individual patient can vary greatly depending on that

patient’s needs.

Licensed nursing staff members are on duty 24 hours a

day and work with a team of trained nursing assistants in

providing the nursing care for our patients.


1428 West North Avenue. Lompoc, CA 93436-3961


(805) 735-4010

Lompoc Skilled Nursing


tress is a buzzword in health and wellness circles these days, as research and ex-

perience provide increasing evidence of the profound life and health consequences.

Whether work-, home-, relationship- or just plain life-related, stress can weigh us

down and impact every aspect of our existence.

Combating stress before it starts is key to managing it, which means identifying the causes

– some of which are commonly overlooked as stress triggers. Are you unknowingly creating

stress in your life in any of the following areas? Let’s review three overlooked causes of

stress and how to eliminate them:


Eating Habits: We’ll start here because eating is a major part of our daily lives; after all,

most of us eat between 3-5 times a day. That’s ample opportunity to either reduce or exacerbate stress based upon when,

what and how you eat. For example, skip breakfast and you’ll likely overeat at lunch and/or dinner, causing digestive

dis-stress; eat fatty food and you could feel the same way, along with overall stress caused by feeling bloated. Over time,

overeating will cause depression-related stress if you’re unhappy with your weight / body shape.

The Solution:

Eat sensible, balanced meals throughout the day that include plenty of fiber and are low in fat, helping ensure

proper digestion and a comfortable feeling of fullness.


Fitness Plan: Your exercise routine can cause stress just as much as not having an exercise routine at all. Work out too

much and you could strain something, putting your fitness goals on the shelf for days, weeks or even longer. Work out too

often – or without varying your routine – and you could experience burnout and the stress that comes from not sticking to

your exercise program. And skip too many workouts and you’ll constantly worry that you’re getting out of shape and los-

ing sight of your weight-loss / fitness goals.

The Solution:

Schedule regular workout / exercise

time and stick to it. Keep your workouts to 45 min-

utes to an hour, and perform each movement in a

controlled fashion with the resistance / weight that’s

right for you to avoid injury. Finally, vary your

workouts every week, few weeks, or even every

time to ensure you stay motivated and engaged.


Sleep Patterns: Whether you’re sleeping too

much, too little or waking up feeling unrefreshed,

poor sleep can contribute to stress because when

you’re tired, you’re more likely to overreact, lose

your cool and have difficulty concentrating, multi-

tasking and getting through your busy day.

The Solution:

Work on your sleep routine so you get

6-8 hours of restorative, restful sleep every night.

To help accomplish this, train yourself to go to sleep

and wake up at around the same time; make sure your bedroom is dark and quiet, and you’re using the most comfortable

pillow and mattress (if you’re waking up with neck and/or back pain, you might want to make a change); and avoid sleep

inhibitors 2-3 hours before bed, including caffeine, fatty foods, vigorous exercise, and television / computers / cellphones.

This information should not be substituted for medical or chiropractic advice. Any and all health care concerns,

decisions, and actions must be done through the advice and counsel of a health care professional who is familiar with

your updated medical


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