Vim & Vigor - Summer 2010 - North Mississippi - (Page 18)

BY JILL SCHILDHOUSE S tress schmess. So what if you’re being asked to do more at work, dealing with family drama and taking care of elderly parents. Who isn’t? Stress is just a mental thing, and you’ll deal with it later. After all, you have more pressing matters. Sound familiar? If so, it’s time you take stress seriously—it could be harmful to your health. THE GOOD AND THE BAD Some stress is natural and even good for you, such as when it helps you conquer a fear or motivates you to accomplish a task, according to the American Psychological Association (APA). Bad stress, though, including long-lasting worrying about your job, family, relationships or money, can cause your system to overload. And that may result in head-to-toe problems. “Stress can come across through signs and symptoms of the entire body,” says Ken Bertka, M.D., who serves on the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). “Stress will come out because your body has to deal with it. It’s just a question of how and where.” One-third of Americans are living with extreme stress, and nearly half say they believe their stress has increased over the past five years, reports the APA. That means it’s likely that JOINT Stress STRESSING How tension may be a ecting your health from head to toe 18 Vim & Vigor · SUM M ER 2 010

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Vim & Vigor - Summer 2010 - North Mississippi

Vim & Vigor - Summer 2010 - North Mississippi
Opening Thoughts
Baby Steps
Back Talk
It’s a ‘No Brainer’
Ready ... Set ... Get Motivated!
Having Reservations?
Stressing Stress
Second Act
Adults at Play
In Good Hands
Think Again
No Kidding
Giving Is Great Medicine
Recovering Lost Lives
Westward Expansion
Take a Deep Breath
Catch the Spirit

Vim & Vigor - Summer 2010 - North Mississippi