STRESS CONTROL
Are you stressed out from life's everyday frustrations, running late to a meeting, jammed in rush hour traffic, paying bills with no money, pressure at home or in the office?  You may even put your own brand of stress upon yourself, such as perfectionism, thinking you have to do everything just right.

Not to stress you out even more, but did you know that
stress can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke?
SCIENCE TAKES NOTICE
Medical science is really starting to take notice of the effects of stress.  Most illness is related to unrelieved stress in one form or another.  It is wear and tear on your body producing biological reactions that are toxic.  

Stress does not only make us feel bad, it is linked to several serious ailments including, atherosclerosis, which causes heart attack, stroke, peripheral arterial disease, ulcerative colitis, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.  Damage to the cardiovascular systems is the most common result of too much stress.  

HOW WE DEAL WITH STRESS

As the pace of society continues to accelerate, so does the level of stress in our daily lives.
When we experience stress over a long period of time, we often make some rather unhealthy choices to relieve it.  For example, a common response to stress is smoking, drinking or overeating.  
 

HOW WE SHOULD DEAL WITH STRESS


Reverse your stress level with some simple mental tools:
  • First identify the root of your pressure.
  • Prioritize your life - write it down,  keep a journal of your progress.
  • Ask yourself what you can realistically do to change the level of stress.
  • Have confidence you can make these changes.  Don't be afraid to ask for help.
  • Think positive. Be grateful for everything that is good in your life.
  • Last, but not least - LAUGH!  Have fun and produce good energy to your body and mind!
Reverse your stress levels with diet and exercise:
     
Do something to take your mind to a different place, like play an instrument, paint, read a book, go for a walk, do some gardening, visit a friend or simply enjoy your family.

Whatever makes you feel happy or at ease should be incorporated into your daily routine.  We know it is not always easy to find the time, but life is too short to hasten the effects of serious conditions.  And remember:


WHAT YOU DO TODAY MAY GIVE YOU MORE TOMORROWS!