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Mary Egan, CLC, CHN
Stress The Silent Killer
Live Well - Eat Well LLC

Stress The Silent Killer

Those wonderful lazy days of summer and relaxing vacations are over and it's back to the grind of school, work and increasing responsibilities. The stress is mounting to get the kids organized and off to a good start at school. You might be facing an increasing work load, a new boss, a transfer, a restructure at the office or the unthinkable job loss. You don't feel well most of the time. You lack energy. You can't sleep. These are just a few of the stressors that can affect us. You wouldn't be alone if you experience stress.

If any of this sounds familiar, watch out and take action now because it could save your life. We are faced with stress every day and as the saying goes, “Stress is an equal opportunity destroyer.” Our bodies crave and thrive on balance in our life. It isn't easy in today's world where we are faced with such major changes as seen in the last 15 years.

Consider the increasing rise of cancer, abuse, alcoholism, drug addiction, road rage, and the declining lack of civility. Suicides are a factor that we can't ignore and need to pay closer attention to. We recently experienced the loss of a great comedian Robin Williams. These are all signs of a culture in stress.

It is a proven fact that stress in the work place can inhibit employee production. What about sick leave and the affect it has on businesses? Students both in high school and college face unrelenting stress. Do they have the coping mechanisms to handle such stress? Most of them do not. Just check out alcohol poisoning in teens.

Signs of stress include irritability, muscle tension, headaches, stomach discomfort, IBS, CHD, influenza, colds, rheumatoid arthritis, lack of sleep, loss of appetite, weight gain, lack of energy, and social withdrawal. Stress can wreck havoc on your immune system resulting in life altering and life threatening conditions including cancer.

What Can You Do?

  • Get help from a professional who has experience and the time to coach you through life's challenges. Not just the 15-minute appointment allotted in the doctors office. Stress relief is not a quick fix. Lifestyle changes are required but they pay off in the long run.
  • Nutrition is the basis for achieving wellness and health. Seek a professional who can advise you in this arena.
  • Breathe deep take time to breathe
  • Meditate just a few minutes a day to start.
  • Move get some exercise
  • Sleep
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