Whether it was Neil Young, Def Leppard, Kurt Cobain, Oasis or anyone else singing: “It’s better to burn out than fade away” it’s a thought worth contemplating. When we were younger, the words likely had one meaning; now that we’re older, possibly another. • Today burn out is more likely associated with excess stress. Stress isn’t necessarily negative. Positive mental & physical benefits come from exercise that stresses our muscles, respiration & circulation. • High blood pressure, accelerated heart rate, abnormal increase or loss of appetite, excessive sweating, dilated pupils, lumps in the throat or in the pit of our stomachs, skin outbreaks, reduced immunity & tightness in our chests indicate the negative effects of stress. • Whether the stress is positive or negative, our bodies react the same. The crucial factor is how much demand is placed on our bodies and minds to adjust.• There are basically only two ways to deal with stress: 1) Remove ourselves from the stressor (which can be complicated) or 2) Build our resistance to stress by improving our diet, exercising regularly & getting adequate rest & relaxation.• Here are basic, easy things you can do, starting right now, to cope better with stress.• Drink more water. Not sip, drink whole glasses of H2o starting the minute you wake up.• Walk more—whenever, wherever you can. • Eat your veggies: Steamed or in salads without drowning them in globs of commercial dressings. Try them plain or make an olive oil, vinegar & mustard blend.• Add 1-2 pieces of fruit a day. Eat it in the late afternoon & evening when you’re tired & craving junk.• Go to bed before midnight when possible.• And remember…it’s not stress that kills us, it’s our reaction to it.
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