Christine Allen - Check Your Stress for American Heart Month
Christine is a dog lover, exercise dreader and lover of music and words. The appeal of blogging came from a need to encourage others to recognize how lifestyle choices lead to either well being or illness. My passion lies in caring for others and encouraging healthy lives that reduce stress.
What’s the chronic stressor in your life? A parent-teacher conference, a sick parent, a wedding, traveling for work, a 12-hour night shift, a crying baby, chronic pain, illness. Do you see your trigger listed? Maybe not because it hides. No matter which is yours, if you live with chronic, unmanaged stress you are setting yourself up for the possibility of a heart attack, stroke, kidney disease or any myriad of diseases that come from the toll that chronic stress takes on your body.
Since February is American Heart Month, this is a great time to resolve to change your stressful ways! I’m not here to suggest how to make it happen but to say that it’s overdue if you are reading this. It’s time. You’re stressed out, eating and drinking too much while running around like a crazy parent or corporate junkie. After all, it’s the American way. As Americans, we typify chronic stress. It’s part of our everyday lives and we just keep going, not realizing the silent toll this takes on our bodies. You can read more about stress here.
Stress is real and the effects of being under stress (and the poor choices you make while stressed out – like smoking, eating more or exercising less) could kill you. Let’s think about this: If you already have heart disease and are still living a high-strung life, consider the odds of having another heart attack, stroke or heart failure. To change your life, you have to be brave. It’s true, you don’t have control over all the stressors in your life, but be courageous! Self-reflect, gain insight into yourself and your body. Pay attention to the little things you ignore such as exhaustion, headache, upset stomach or depression. You can be brave enough to control the change you need. Take the American Heart Month of February to reflect and change. Gather the family. Be the leader you need to be to keep you and your family healthy. It’s a life and death issue.