The Doctors: Signs Of Chronic Stress
From work to family and personal problems, we all lead stressful lives. However, there is a difference between normal stress and chronic stress, the latter of which can lead to serious health issues. Helping Dr. Travis Stork sort through the negative effects of stress was Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall, Chief Medical Officer of Pfizer.
As Dr. Lewis-Hall pointed out, both negative and positive things can cause stress. Acute stress can actually be beneficial, but unmanaged, chronic stress can be extremely hazardous to your health. If you believe that you might be too stressed, ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you have trouble juggling your obligations?
- Are you frequently angry?
- Do you over-eat or under-eat when you feel stressed?
Other mental and physical signs of chronic stress can include anxiety, depression, lack of focus, sleep disturbances, muscle tension, chest pain, headaches and fatigue.
Tips For Managing Stress
Chronic stress can lead to serious medical problems like obesity, heart disease, memory impairment and even fertility issues. Dr. Lewis-Hall offered some helpful tips for managing stress with these easy to remember five A’s:
- Acknowledge stress
- Avoid stress when you can
- Alter stressful circumstances
- Adapt to stress
- Accept stress
Family Fitness Challenge
There’s no denying that obesity is a major problem in the United States, and it affects both adults and children. That’s why The Doctors teamed up with USA Today for the Family Fitness Challenge, where six families transformed their health and lifestyles.
All six Family Fitness families have done amazingly well, but the Reese family definitely stood out. They’ve lost over 90 pounds collectively and have learned to make exercise a regular part of their routine. Mom and dad Kenny and Jackie were looking to quit their bad habits and set a great example for their son, which they have definitely done, and then some.
Congratulations to the Reese family and all the other families who have made positive changes in their lives.