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Dec

We know the facts. We have been studying stress and its effect on physical health since the late 1880’s. So why do we still have such a problem in our work and personal lives.

People do not go for help in a timely fashion-which is normal. We all think we need to figure stuff out on our own without going to therapy.

Stress is part of our lives and at times, it can be good. Our bodies create the stress response when we have happy unexpected surprises. The problem is chronic stress. When we are exposed to constant stress our bodies have a hard time in balancing the increase in cortisol, sugar, amino acids etc. that are racing through our blood stream. As a therapist, I have seen clients who are not even aware that their level of stress is damaging to their bodies and their emotional health. It has been proven that chronic stress can lead to depression, anxiety, sleep deprivation, and physical illness. I often see people who have tolerated high levels of stress until they can no longer function at home or at work.

According to Canada Safety Council report dated April 2008; mental health claims are the fastest growing category of disability costs in Canada. They account for an estimated 30 to 40 percent of the disability claims recorded by Canada’s major insurers and employers. Three-quarters of employers say mental health issues are the leading cause of short and long term disability claims in their organization.

  • Lost work time due to depression costs companies $31 billion to 441 billion per year in lost productivity
  • 79% of employers think they take care of their employees, yet only 44% of employees agree
  • Health care expenditures are nearly 50% greater for workers who report high levels of stress

I have always found it odd that people see a dentist for a sore tooth, a lawyer for a sore legal problem, a doctor for a sore body part yet when our hearts are sore, we are expected to” tough it out”.

A therapist will give you the skills and education you need to cope with stresses in a positive and constructive manner. Today’s technology makes it easy to get professional advice from home, your mobile device-virtually anywhere.
Don’t wait until you crash and burn. Be proactive and get the advice you need now.

This information was provided by Heidi Cowie.  Since 2001, Heidi has operated a private practice offering everything from marriage and family counselling to individual counselling; – growing her practice from a home location to her current office in Burlington, Ontario.  Skillfully combining her corporate experience of 25 years with good old-fashioned common sense, Heidi is an expert in counselling her client in the many issues they face.  She’s recently launched her corporate and personal counselling website at http://www.mystresschat.ca .

Here’s some more information about stress:

We are familiar with external stress, but stress can also internal.  Internal stress comes from our attempts to deal with toxins, illness, drugs, allergies, poor diet, balancing blood pressure, blood sugar, heart rate, pH, breathing, et cetera. 

The body can handle and adapt to short term stress; however, prolonged stress has a profound effect on the body.  Think of a zebra on the African plains.  When a lion comes, it goes into ‘fight/flight’ and releases its energy by running away.  Our body’s internal mechanisms work the same way, but we don’t physically need to run away from the lion anymore (as much as we’d like to), so we never release our stress, it just keeps building!  Stress is CUMULATIVE!

Here’s one last explanation.  Under stress, our stress glands (the adrenals) try to adapt to increased demand by increasing its release of stress hormones (cortisol).  When it can’t keep up, the organ enlarges to try to meet the stress requirements.  Eventually the adrenals become exhausted and no longer function properly.  This is called adrenal fatigue.  Some symptoms of adrenal fatigue may include:  allergies, insomnia, fatigue, eyes sensitive to light, dizziness upon standing, low blood pressure, cold hands and feet, low sex drive, cravings for salt or energy drops in the late afternoon (requiring ‘caffeine or other pick-me-ups’).

There is some good news; however.  We can help our bodies to recover with the aid of glandular and herbal supplements.  But the ultimate key to success is learning how to handle stress properly.  Yoga, meditation, and deep breathing are good places to start. 

Christine & John

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