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Your boss is getting on your nerves; you have to get a project finished, but the phone keeps ringing; you still have not met the right person to marry to have the children you want so badly (or you have children that are so bad you hardly want them); your car breaks down; your bills are piling up; your in-laws are coming for dinner; your mother says she never sees you anymore; you are overwhelmed by your cholesterol count, your sodium intake, your sugar intake and your fat intake; you or someone you know has cancer or heart disease and YOU’VE GOT STRESS!!!

There is simply no escaping it.

Our lives and the world we live in are loaded with stress. Up to two thirds of visits to the GP are for stress-related disorders.  Job stress costs New Zealand industries millions of dollars annually in absenteeism, lost productivity, accidents and medical insurance.

It is worth noting here that some stress can be good. Many people are more alert, more productive and consequently happier and healthier with a certain amount of stress. Beyond that, however, it stops contributing to your ability to function and starts inhibiting it. Stress is a double-edged sword. Things’ going wrong produce stress and it causes things to go wrong. Stress, over an extended period of time, can make you quit your job; can lead you to depression; to drugs and alcohol, all in an effort to escape it. All of these can and will certainly affect your ability to perform, your ability to earn money and your quality of life.

We all need to do more to combat stress; we have to learn to find a balance in our work and personal lives. Certainly, there are some things that you simply cannot change, for example, the unexpected death of a loved one, natural disasters and accidents. However, everyone can and should carefully examine their lives and make an honest attempt to reduce the stress-producing circumstances that make unnecessary demands upon them. Determine which things you can do something about, concentrate your time and energy on them and try to avoid the obvious ones.

We should emphasise wellness; focus on the positive and relaxation, whatever the circumstance. The simple reason why this is important is that when we are healthier we deal with stress better.

Which person would you think would do the best: Two people having identical lives in every single way, busy, deadlines, errands, work, kids etc., one is healthy the other is less healthy.

Of course the healthy person would always do better.

To be healthy we need have health promoting behaviours. We need to regularly nourish the body with healthy nutritious food, move the body as much as possible throughout the day (not just for 45 minutes at the gym once a day) and we need to have our spine checked on a regular basis to clear up the communication between the brain and the body, this leads to better function less accidents, better adaptability to stress and a healthier you.

Health promoting behaviours and other stress management techniques can create a sense of well-being and zest for life; leading to a more productive, happier and healthier you.

If you know of any friends that can benefit from these ideas, please share with them on facebook.

Have a Fantastic day!