Six Things You Should Know About Stress

Stress is a term that is over-used and yet so relevant to our daily lives in the 21st century. Most of us are rushed off our feet, trying to juggle work, kids, finances, relationships, and perhaps, giving support to elderly parents. These days the rules of our society seem to keep changing and we have to keep updating our expectations and fight negative thinking to stay afloat. Even in Marin, the healthiest county in California, we are not immune from the toll that chronic stress can take on mind, body, spirit, and relationships.

Some stress is inevitable, and can even help you to grow and become more resilient or spiritual. In coping with stress, you may expand your world view, relationship network, or coping strategies. Yet chronic stress that is uncontrollable, or for which you lack resources and support, is more toxic and can take a toll on your health by creating excess inflammation, high blood pressure, high cholestrol, or belly fat. Exercising to manage stress is essential and we, in Marin, are lucky to have sunshine, beautiful nature trails, and lots of accomplished mind-body experts to help us stay on track. On the other hand, the traffic, financial pressures creating by expensive housing and job shortages, and competitive environment for our kids can create substantial chronic stress. Alcohol and marijuana use and binge drinking are, unfortunately, prevalent among teens and young adults in Marin.

I was excited to be interviewed by expert Nutritionist and Radio Host Corinne Dobbas, MS, RD for her radio show entitled, Eat, Live, Love, Thrive. Corinne is a fellow Marinite whom I met when we worked together on a weight-management program at The Bay Club. We helped many people lose many pounds using a practical, mind-body approach to managing stress and triggers for overeating, combined with excellent personal training and an intensive exercise program.Listen to the webcast below to learn :

  • The Difference Between Healthy and Unhealthy Stress and Why Not All Stress is Bad
  • How to Identify & Deal With Situations You Can’t Control
  • How to Set Realistic Expectations & Avoid the Perfectionism Trap
  • Why You Need to De-Stress in Between Solving Problems
  • How to Press the Pause Button on Negative Thoughts
  • Why Social Support is So Important

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