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Monday, June 27, 2011

Stressed Out in Pleasanton


Stress the silent killer, and according to Elizabeth Scott, M.S writer for About.com, when faced with chronic stress and an over activated autonomic nervous system, people begin to see negative physical symptoms. The first symptoms are relatively mild, like chronic headaches and increased susceptibility to colds. With more exposure to chronic stress, however, more serious health problems may develop. These stress-influenced conditions include, but are not limited to, depression, diabetes, hair loss, heart disease, hyperthyroidism, obesity, obsessive-compulsive or anxiety disorder, sexual dysfunction, tooth and gum disease, ulcers, and recent data points to a link between stress and cancer.
In fact, Ms. Scott goes on to write that it’s been estimated as many as 90% of doctor’s visits are for symptoms that are at least partially stress-related! That’s right, 90%.....wow that’s a huge percentage!  Now, if your anything like me, your reading this and thinking that your stress levels are high and these facts and figures are troubling to say the least.  

When I first learned how negative stress impacts a person’s wellbeing it scared me to think how detrimental of an effect it must be having on my health.  You see I’m a 43 year old family man, slash Executive slash Entrepreneur who basically swims in a vast ocean of stress. I shower in stress, drink stress for breakfast and even indulge in a late night stress snack before bed.  Stress, Stress and more Stress is my motto, I say bring it on b _ t _ h.  So last year when I started to feel tired all the time, felt my energy levels were low, noticed the weight started to pile on and that the bedroom had become just a place to sleep and or work on my laptop, I decided to see a doctor. Low-and-behold my doctor informed me it was all stress related. Needless to say it was difficult to imagine  all these issues were simply symptoms of negative stress. So, I started reading about stress and the links between it and health. Quite soon after I had embarked on this quest for knowledge I found myself asking the question, “If I’m so drenched in stress, and stress has so many negative effects on my health, where does that leave me?”  I should be dead soon…right? OMG…what am I going to do…change my whole life style…….is it too late, what can I do?  

Come back Wednesday for the conclusion....

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