One Year No Stress…


By Judith Glory

« It started just like a simple cold… 

Normal during Canadian winter time.

I did not bother much knowing that after about 7 days, it would be over.

However, it was curious to notice that only in the last 12 months, I suffered cold issues more than all the other years added together, since I started experiencing this side effect of the beautiful snow period.

 

A few weeks later, I had to consult my doctor for a sleeping disorder issue.

The diagnostic revealed there was more than just too much caffeine.

–         High blood pressure

–         Throat troubles,

–         A starting ulcer

–         Some skin reactions that I attributed to the very dry winter

–         Digestive troubles

–         Increased weight gain

 

With all these elements suspected by my doctor, I wondered, if it was just about prescribing the maximum amount of medicine or if I really suffered all of these.

Further testing and diagnosis data proved the doctor right. 

How could it be that just three years back, I took NO drug, but now I had a full box of various medicine to be taken every day many times a day? 

To follow up the root cause of the weight gain aside from the usual eat less, exercise more, Thyroid and cortisol testing was carried out and this is where it was discovered that her Cortisol level were those of chronically stressed people….” 

 

 

This is the story of Jenifer, a passionate and productive professional who loves to achieve and perform; this race of perfectionists who want to be the best parents as well as the employee of the month and the go-to person everywhere she goes.

The kind of go-getters who will not stop at anything until the planned goal is met. 

Because of her lifestyle and all the pressure, she had to take on, Jenifer was under a huge amount for stress now for many years. 

Some people think that stress is a normal component in today’s life? What is your take on this? 

How come this “normal stress “could be causing real debilitating physical pains and syndromes to Jenifer. 

Jenifer continued to exercise as she used to., five-time or more jogging of forty-five minutes each week. she even increased the frequency, as sometimes she ran in the mornings and fast walked in the evenings. but at the next follow up with the doctor, her blood pressure was getting to alarming values. 

Jenifer then remembered that her father died a few years ago, was suffering from hypertension and was complaining of regular and very painful migraines.

This remark caused Jenifer to stop and think: What if she had only six months to live (she had almost the same things her father was complaining from few months prior to his death.), how would she love to spend her last days?

Did you know that stress, especially long-term stress can seriously affect your health?

The image below gives some information on the numerous ways how stress can literally bring you to the grave. 

Now, I do not want you to get stressed just reading this. No!

 

My aim here is to get you thinking about your situation: Are you stressed? If Yes, what are you intentionally doing to change this? 

As far as Jenifer is concerned, she decided to go on a ONE YEAR NO STRESS journey. 

For the first month, she chooses to start with a 30 days gratitude challenge. Jenifer had noticed that whenever she would journal and write down good things that happened to her, she was able to fall asleep without using sleeping pills she had been prescribed.

Jenifer thought that if I can reduce the number of time I take sleeping pills, and have 6 hours sleeps, this will be a sure way to recover and reduce stress in her life. 

For her gratitude challenge, everyday Jenifer would make time to:

  • List 3 – 7 things she is grateful for
  • For each item of her list, she will be specific on WHY she is grateful for that item.
  • She will think, remember and enjoy once more the positive emotions attached to the elements of her list.
  • Since Jenifer is a person of faith, she would also Thank God for each of her list items.

 

What do you think about this plan to reduce her stress level?

Any more recommendations to help Jenifer out of this chronic stress level?

What would you do, if you were in the shoes of Jenifer?

 

I wish and hope that you are not in chronic stress situation as Jenifer.  

To be sure you are safe, check your stress level using the two links below where you will have an idea on where you stand, with respect to your stress levels. You will also get and some tips and hints you can start to use now to avoid damaging your health. 

–         https://www.stress.org/self-assessment

–         https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/quizzes/take_quiz/stress_and_anxiety  

 

Take care, and be good. 

 

\With much love, 

Judith Glory