Free way to manage stress.  It’s worked on so many people that do not feel their best. Stress makes everything worse. While there is no magic pill, treatment, lotion or potion that gets rid of stress, I’d like to share the best thing I have found in 20 years of treating people with arthritis, headaches, stomach problems, hormone imbalance, degenerative disease, auto-immune and those effected by cancer. It effects your heart, sleep patterns, cortisol levels, pink-toothbrush disease . . . I can’t think of a condition where that cannot be made worse by stress. 

By the way, the reason why I decided to do this is because of stress and I told myself if I was a patient in my office, what would I tell me?  Hi, I am Dr Jason West.  I post about real people, real stories of hope, treatments and medical breakthroughs.  If you receive value, please like and share and please tag someone that needs this message.  You see, stress is more danger than you think.  Here’s a quick top 10 list and then what to do about it.

  1. Stress promotes disease – it has been linked to cancer, lung disease, fatal accidents and suicide.
  2. Stress makes you look older. Research at UC San Francisco discovered stress shortens telomeres, the structure at the end of chromosomes so that replacement cells don’t grow – wrinkles, poor muscle tone, bad eyesight. 
  3. Stress makes you gain weight – it triggers appetite and the conservation of energy.
  4. Stress can ruin your heart by damaging the muscle. It constricts the blood vessels making the heart work heart harder increasing blood pressure.
  5. Stress can affect your love life.  It affects weight, hormones and sexual desire
  6. Stress is the same for everyone
  7. Stress can ruin teeth and gums.  Here’s why, a lot of people grind their teeth when stressed.
  8. Stress weakens your immune system.  Energy demands of stress weakens your body energy.
  9. Stress increases likelihood of long-term disability.  Inability to function normally. 
  10. Stress makes it difficult to control your emotions.  2013 study found mild levels impair the ability to control emotions.

Ok, ok, so it’s bad, now what to do about it.  You gotta install a release valve. The first thing I recommend for patients is to take your daily schedule and schedule times to do your thing – exercise, reading, meditating, praying, relationship nurture, musical instruments, listening.  Put that on your schedule just like an appointment. Put your body on a schedule.  Good food, adequate water, and movement.  Do a movement exercise you love. For example, I hate running, but I like racquetball, rowing machine, weights, walking, or elliptical. 

My favorite stress management is communication with yourself by writing.  Also, known as journaling. I have seen this help more people than any other single thing.  It’s kind of hard to communicate with yourself and I don’t think it’s a good idea to let any review your journal, at least while you are alive.  But here’s the thing – when you put things in writing it decompresses your subconscious.  This is really helpful for those that don’t sleep well because your mind won’t shut off. 

There’s no right or wrong way to journal.  Do the best way for you.  It’s the best way I have found for stress.  Body on a schedule, consistent movement (exercise), communicate with yourself.  If you have a topic or condition that you’d like to see or if you’d like to reach out – CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW.  This Dr West, I’ll see you on the next video.