Don’t let stress be the end of you

We’ve all experienced our blood pressure rising when we step behind someone with a cart full of groceries in the 10-items-or-less Express aisle. Or whenStress2 someone sneaks into the parking spot you’ve sat patiently waiting for. Yesterday I spent 40 minutes trying to sort out a tech problem on the phone with a call centre only to have the line suddenly go to dial tone, with my problem unresolved. These frustrations are minor, however, compared to the ongoing or prolonged stress associated with financial problems, chronic illness, childhood trauma, an abusive spouse or job pressures and job loss. Some people cope amazingly well in stressful situations while others worry excessively, lose sleep and use various coping methods such as drinking, abusing drugs or over-eating. While each of us manages stress in our lives differently, the insidious effects are cumulative and at a certain point our bodies scream for help.

Perhaps you know someone who pushes themselves too hard and before long they’re sick with a cold or worse. Stress takes an enormous toll on our immune systems consuming a great deal of energy that could have been diverted to more positive outcomes. Women are particularly prone because we have been conditioned to put everyone else first. Even when we’re feeling unwell or tired we push through, going to work, preparing meals, chauffeuring children to activities, caring for husbands.  Taken to the extreme this can seriously compromise our immune systems leading to Stress1temporary or chronic illness.

During my last few years of working, the effects of a high-pressure job combined with aging and changes in my personal life led to some health issues. A series of tests revealed that my cortisol levels (a stress hormone released by the adrenal gland) were more than three times the high-end of normal. As a result of that and in order to stop the health problems from getting worse, I decided to retire early.

doctorA friend who has recently developed a number of health-related problems  found her symptoms largely disappeared when she was on vacation and returned with a vengeance when she returned to work and the real world. Her doctor wisely suggested treatment for the psychological as well as physiological symptoms. That included watching a video by Vancouver Doctor Gabor Maté that is available on You-Tube. I’m sharing the link here and you may see yourself or someone you know described in the video. It takes nearly an hour but is well worth the time. Listen to your body’s signals and take care of yourself—before it’s too late. Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6IL8WVyMMs

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Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you writing this article and the rest
of the site is really good.

Lynda Davis
3 years ago

Thanks so much for your feedback. Still learning my way around WordPress.

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Maryse
Maryse
6 years ago

Thanks, Lynda. I love Gabor Maté. He’s a saint. He has done so much for the addicted and the street people in East Vancouver. He is someone who took the Hippocratic Oath to the highest level.

Hana Mrnakova
Hana Mrnakova
6 years ago

Work takes a lot out of us before we realize what is actually happening with our health. I decided to retire at 58 when I was diagnosed with metabolic syndrome and my health was beginning to be seriously compromised. Can your job make you sick, you bet it can. I have been happily retired for two years and my health has significantly improved. I could have worked for 7 more years and earned $30 000.00 USD more but I probably would be dead. Sometimes less is more. 🙂

Lynda Davis
6 years ago
Reply to  Hana Mrnakova

Thanks for your comments, Hana. Fortunately we found out before the damage was more serious. Retirement really is the best time of life.

  Lynda Davis Follow my blog at: http://www.boomerbroadcast.net

e-mail: lyndadavis1@yahoo.ca

Terry
Terry
6 years ago

Well put. Our western culture just doesn’t put enough emphasize on the mind/body connection.