Enough! How Stress Messes with Your Health

January 8, 2018

We all have some level of stress, right?

It may be temporary (acute), or long-term (chronic). Acute stress usually won’t mess with your health too much. It is your body’s natural reaction to circumstances, and can even be life-saving. In cases of acute stress, when the “threat” (a.k.a. “stressor”) is gone, the reaction subsides, and all is well. It’s the chronic, constant stress that’s a problem. You see, your body has specific stress reactions. If these stress reactions are triggered every day or many times a day, that can mess with your health. Stress (and stress hormones) can have a huge impact on your health. Let’s dive into the “stress mess.”

Mess #1 – Increased risk of heart disease and diabetes

Why save the best for last? Anything that increases the risk for heart disease and diabetes (both serious, chronic conditions) needs to be discussed. Stress increases the risk for heart disease and diabetes by promoting chronic inflammation, affecting y

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November 7, 2017

Are you the indispensable, go-to employee? Are you the one who gets all the odd projects and requests for help? Or maybe you run your own business and feel unless you are on top of things 24/7 that things will get out of your control. Do you have an innate feeling the company can’t operate without your vigilance? When does the indispensable label become too much? Is it best to always be the go-to? Will micromanaging really lead to success? In most instances, the answer to these questions is No. The one thing it will lead to is burnout. Who’s ultimately responsible for employee and owner burnout? YOU! As the indispensable one, you must learn to identify the telltale signs of having too much on your plate before burnout comes knocking on your door.

Red Flags

Here are the most common red flags when you have been assigned too many projects or voluntarily taken on more than what you can handle: You just can’t say NO – If the boss of your boss asks, whatever they asked for must be done, right? If it’s your name on the business, it all falls to you, right?

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July 25, 2017

“Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its brevity.”Jean De La Bruyere

They’re all around you: The former teammate from another division shows up to a 3 p.m. meeting fit, looking great and energized; the colleague who attended that 401K investment talk who rejiggered their portfolio to great results; the boss who, despite seeming to have a heavier workload than anybody on the floor, reads a book or two about team performance strategies per week. You want to look and feel better. You want an investment portfolio worth bragging about. Heck, you just want some time to read a book! These are often the moments when you decide that it’s time to make some time for yourself and that you’re going to improve something in your life. You’ve been considering it for months, but more importantly, you deserve it! Then something happens. Maybe something else demands your attention or you simply begin to doubt your choice. Just like that, your resolve starts to dissipate like the sand in an hourglass. Time becomes the enemy as it slips away. There are so many reasons to leave things the way they are, and what happens if your plans for change blow up in your face? Do you have time to make a mistake? Despite knowing the change you want is a good idea, you’re able to get at least 51% of you to remain paralyzed with

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January 3, 2017

As many businesses attempt to do more with less, leaders must pick and chose their battles to keep employees productive. When we allow “busy” to take over, reverence for accountability often gets lost in a culture of tolerance. Eventually, all the “little things” contribute to a BIG thing no one wants to handle.  The problem stems from everyone being “too busy” to make time to understand what’s going on. We as leaders put up with inappropriate attitudes every day from someone and if left unaddressed, this tolerance turns into irritation. What do you tolerate? From placing blame on others to not taking the initiative because it’s not in their “job description,” tolerance for carelessness, breeds apathy.

What you tolerate, you feed.

Apathy is contagious. Stand around the corner of any break room! Eventually, the little things turn into big things. Before long a cultural shift has occurred and there’s a bigger problem at hand. Tolerance drains the energy of a team; it allows unhealthy attitudes to disrupt the enthusiasm of those who give their all. Every time you tolerate something, you probably wonder how long “this” will be allowed to continue or secretly ponder what you can sneak under the radar.  Tolerance impacts creativity. The energy used to ignore a situation could just as easily be used to turn it around.  Tolerance

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October 4, 2016

I got a real accountability lesson a few months ago.  I was walking to my car from the supermarket on a very hot afternoon when I saw a group of people congregated around a parked car. They seemed upset and I got curious. As I approached the scene, I saw that there was a dog locked in this very hot car. The mini crowd was getting louder and I heard them say “it’s been more than 30 minutes and this dog will soon pass out in this heat” but nobody did anything, including me.  In the next 10 seconds, a young man shattered one of the car’s windows with a trash can and opened the door.  Everything was going to be all right. Why am I sharing this? Because this story illustrates the concept of taking personal accountability and whenever I share it with others, the point is clear.  Only one person in that parking lot embraced, without hesitation, the concept of personal accountability. It was a simple act that required little thinking yet no one embraced it. The scene stayed in my mind for months and I knew I had to write about it. I have been hearing a lot of buzz about accountability in the workplace, in networking groups and in social conversations.  The question that keeps coming up is; do we really want to be held accountable for the consequences of our actions, or inactions? I don’t know where this young man’s motivation to break the window came f

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