physical therapy and rehabilitation April 2019
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HOW TO DEAL WI TH STRESS AND IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH Why So Stressed?
you are able to determine that you have a bad habit of overspending, then you can get help dealing with that problem. In turn, your money stress may start to disappear.
April is National Stress Awareness Month, which I’m sure most people don’t need to be made aware of. A survey from the American Psychological Association found 75 percent of
Americans reported being stressed in the month prior to the survey. Common sources of stress include money, work, and an uncertain future. Even I have been stressed out by all of these at some point in time. A little stress isn’t always a bad thing. Feeling the pressure of a deadline or a responsibility can
“When you look at stressful problems from a different angle, you might be able to solve them.”
Poor health can be a source of stress that goes
help you work faster. Stress is also part of your fight-or-flight system and can help you get out of a bad situation. However, when stress becomes overwhelming or chronic, it becomes dangerous. Chronic stress is literally bad for your health. It can weaken your immune system and cause fatigue, depression, high blood pressure, and even heart disease. When I’m feeling stressed, sometimes the best course of action is to take my mind off the problem for a little while. I’ll go to the gym or focus on Flint’s Finest basketball tournaments. Later, I can revisit whatever was stressing me out with a clear head. I’ve also found that it can be helpful to get advice on whatever is stressing me out. Podcasts and YouTube videos are a great way to get some clarity from experts in the field. If I’m stressed about my business, I’ll listen to a podcast from business entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk. If I’mworried about money, I’ll look up a YouTube video from Dave Ramsey, a leader in finance and financial planning. If I’m feeling overwhelmed by everything, I’ll turn to a motivational speaker like Brian Tracy. It helps to get an outside perspective on your situation. When you look at stressful problems from a different angle, you might be able to solve them. It’s also important to really examine what’s stressing you out and what you can do to address your stress. For example, if you’re having money problems, ask if the stress comes from bills, excessive spending, or poor budgeting. Being stressed about “money” is vague and not a problem you can solve. But if
unnoticed. Many of my patients struggle with physical pain that leads to stress in other areas of their life. If a person has severe back pain, it might keep them from being intimate with their partner.
As a result, their partner may feel unloved because their needs aren’t being met. The relationship becomes strained, adding to the stress that already exists because of the back pain. When patients are able to address their pain in physical therapy, it solves a lot of problems. They can walk around their house again, get through the work day without relying on pain pills, or be intimate with their partner on date night without aggravating an old injury. The things that stress us out in life probably aren’t going anywhere, but we don’t have to become overwhelmed every time they come up. If we take the time to sit down, identify the real source of our stress, and look for help, we won’t need a month to remind us to take care of our stress anymore.
-Dr. Jerome Adams
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