Failure To Handle Mental and Physical Stress May Lead To Early Demise.
A patient walked into my chiropractic office in San Diego yesterday complaining of all the stress he has to deal with. As a chiropractor and a DRX9000 spinal decompression specialist, I wanted him to feel better. In reality, if someone you love or you are a “worry-wart”, reading the rest of this article may prevent several deadly diseases and add years to your life. Why some people are healthy and others get sick has been a researched and heavily debated topic for a long time. Some give almost all the credit to bad or good genes. Basically you are pre-programmed at birth. Mother Nature has dealt you a certain “hand” and that’s it. You will either be healthy, or sick, and there is nothing much you can do about it.
Let’s consider for example, the “cancer gene.” If cancer is “in your genes,” you’re doomed. If not, you’re lucky. Supporters of this philosophy commonly use this example as proof: One person is young, eats all the right food and exercises and still gets cancer or has a massive heart attack. Yet, someone else eats junk, smokes, drinks and never exercised a day in their life and lives to be 95.
Funny thing is you often hear these people say that you can walk out of your house and get hit by a bus tomorrow as an excuse to completely neglect their physical condition and future. Others don’t give genes much credit at all. These are 2 extremes. They say it’s all how you live your life and take care of yourself. And then there are those somewhere in between. To them, both genes and how you live your life are important factors.
The simple fact that our average life span is much different today than it was 100 or even 50 years ago should tell you something. There are factors that affect our lifespan and help determine if we live those years healthy and happy or sick and miserable. Their argument is that the young guy or gal that took care of himself or herself and STILL got sick would have gotten sick sooner. And, the 97-year-old may have lived even longer if he or she took care of himself or herself. Obviously, all this is something to think about. Genes obviously have SOMETHING to do with our potential. But by how much is it? And is it as limiting as many once thought?
In an April 5, 2007 issue of Science Daily, there is a broad consensus that there are five basic personality traits that everyone can have. These five personality traits that are exhibited are agreeableness, conscientiousness, extraversion, emotional stability and openness to experience. There are also sub-categories. Two of these traits which are emotional stability and conscientiousness appear to be directly linked to your health and how long you may live. How is this possible? In psychology, the lack of emotional stability is called “neuroticism.” In other words, it’s a person’s tendency towards “hand wringing and negative thinking.” It is believed by many that high levels of neuroticism are inherited and such people do not handle stress well at all. They are often moody, anxious and uncomfortable in public settings. Studies have also shown a correlation to increased mortality in these types of individuals.
So, if “neuroticism” is an inherited trait and leads to health problems and increased mortality, are some people simply pre-programmed to be unhealthy and die young? This is an important question. That’s where a Purdue University psychologist comes into the picture. According to the April 5, 2007 issue of Science Daily: “Mroczek decided to explore this idea. Using a standard measure of neuroticism, he tracked more than 1,600 men over 12 years, recording not only how neurotic they were at the start, but also whether they got more or less neurotic over time. They likely got more and more pressured, worried or fretful, and this downward spiral increased their risk for dying, mostly from cancer and heart disease. The good news is that men with a fretful temperament, if they managed for whatever reason to calm down a bit over time, had survival rates similar to those of emotionally stable men.” He also looked at mortality risk for these same men over an eighteen year span. As reported in the May issue of Psychological Science, those who increased over time in neuroticism was a ticket to an early grave. In other words, these men–all middle age or older to begin with–did not grow old gracefully. They got sick in the process as well.
So what’s the big lesson here for everyone? First, it seems pretty clear your approach does a whole heck of a lot more than just affect your success in commerce! Several studies show the way you think can have a deep impact on how healthy or sick you are. Namely diseases like tumor and cardiac disease in people. We don’t think anybody knows 100% for sure how this happens. It makes sense that stress (and the way you handle it) produces chemicals that suppress the immune system. This will have countless detrimental effects like aging and more.
But the real point here is who cares in all of this? Who really cares exactly how all this works on the cellular level or deeper? The bottom line is that it happens. Negative thinking, a lot of it, over an extended period of time will probably age you, make you sick and take years off your life in the long run. Changing the way you think and handle pressure can stop or slow down the process. In other words, being a natural born “worry-wart” can age you.
Common sense doesn’t always match up with scientific proof, but it seems to in this example. I know what you’re thinking. How do you learn to deal with pressure if you are a natural born “worry-wart?” The first thing is to realize NOTHING is ever as good or bad as it seems. And always change the things you can and forget about the things you can’t. Besides that, routine exercise programs and meditation have both been show to reduce pressure. Maybe if we start enjoying this wonderful life a little – it will get even better and we will get more of it!You can change the way you handle pressure and reduce the negative effects. Or, at least that’s what the above-mentioned study shows. And it only makes sense. Have you ever taken a walk in the dark and had some loud noise scare you? What happened? Your eyes widened. Your heartbeat drastically increased. Your brain signaled your body to produce adrenalin and other “flight or fight” chemicals were dumped into your bloodstream. At that very moment, you were wide awake, stronger than usual and could run like an Olympic track star! But what happens shortly afterward? You crash… right? You come back down and feel exhausted. This, my friends, is a natural high and hangover. When you are constantly pressured and worry and don’t deal with it well… you will continually go through a similar reaction. Your body and mind basically go through the ringer. It just makes sense that if you learn how to deal with the pressure more effectively – you will be healthier and lives longer.
What you may not realize is that these fears are almost never based on reality. Anxiety is one of the world’s oldest cons. When you’re anxious, you’re actually fooling yourself. You are telling yourself things that simply aren’t true. See if you can recognize yourself in any of these distortions:
All-or-Nothing Thinking: “My mind will go blank when I give my presentation at work, and everyone will think I’m an idiot.”
Fortune Telling: “I just know I’ll freeze up and blow it when I take my test.”
Mind Reading: “Everyone at this party can see how nervous I am.”
Magnification: “Flying is so dangerous. I think this plane is going to crash!”
Should Statements: “I shouldn’t be so anxious and insecure. Other people don’t feel this way.”
Emotional Reasoning: “I feel like I’m on the verge of cracking up!”
Self-Blame: “What’s wrong with me? I’m such a loser!”
Mental Filter: “Why can’t I get anything done? My life seems like one long procrastination.”
Now imagine what it be like to live a life that’s free of worries and self-doubt; to go to sleep at night feeling peaceful and relaxed; to overcome your shyness and have fun with other people; to give dynamic presentations without worrying yourself sick ahead of time; to enjoy greater creativity, productivity and self-confidence.
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