April National Stress Awareness Month !
Stress is Bad, right ?
Not always is the surprising answer to that !
Stress can be a good thing motivating you to some of your best performances. Bases loaded, 2 out, bottom of the 9th, your team down 1 run and you are at bat. Pretty stressful situation ? Stress hormone cortisol off the charts, adrenaline flowing, focused like a laser. This pitch looks as big as a basketball, single to right, 2 runs score !
Your team Wins ! Hero time !!!
Thank you Cortisol for the motivation and focus ! Stress was good !
Or Chronic Stress ?
Classic 2016 Stress.............
Just a few more bills than there is income. Baby needs food and diapers. Car needs inspected and you know it needs work, lots of expensive work. Can't afford a new one.
Your job, people still being layed off. Worried you are next, or worse you have to stay and do 2 peoples work. Not enough time already.
How common is this scenario in 2016 ?
This stress is acute and chronic ! Constant and never ending.
Always something needind to be worried about.... What do you do ?
Take it like an adult and soldier on, right ?
The Bad News !
Constant, chronic stress has serious and bad consequences !
This can lead to elevated blood pressure, cravings for carbs and sugar leadind to elevated sugar levels, lack of sleep which doesn't allow your body to return to normal levels. Many more negative physical and mental consequences all from a base problem of too much stress with no chance to recover.
Of course the high blood pressure and high sugar levels will lead to cardiovascular issues and diabetes.
A downward spiral leading to a box in the ground ?
Or a strong warning to get it turned around ?
How do I turn this around ?
I have a web site where I try to post a new answer to this issue weekly. Go, take a look at the posts. Not everything works for everybody.
Take a look, find something that will work for you and go to work on this issue. Plenty of time for the box in the ground option, let's take the time to keep this life going a good long while !
I think we all have a few things left to do !