15 November 2009

Live Longer: Manage Stress

3 ways to manage stress better and live longer

Most people appreciate that living with stress can take years off your life but what's really frightening is that so many people don't know they're living with unsafe stress levels every single day.

I recently conducted a survey of over 300 people and found that more than 75% of them had high blood pressure, a real danger sign for the state of their physical health.

I was shocked.

Here's what I told them, and what I'd tell anyone who regularly encounters stressful situations and who could be risking high blood pressure or even more serious consequences to their health.

1. Get tested.
Even if you don't feel particularly stressed, our bodies are quite often under stress when we're busy with many things at once, rushing around and eating on the go. The only way you'll know if your lifestyle is taking a toll on your long-term health is to get your blood pressure checked.

2. Get tested regularly.
Some stress, at some times can be a good thing. It can bring out the best in us. However, too much stress for too long can cause health issues. You must monitor what's going on with your body at regular intervals and never let abnormal readings persist for too long.

3. Get some perspective.
High blood pressure is an early warning for possible major health implications. It may feel good to live on stress and nervous energy for now, but it won't help you in the long run. And who says living this way is actually getting the best out of you anyway? How do you know you won't be more effective if you manage your stress better on a day-to-day basis?

Could you be doing things differently, living happier and feeling better every day?

There's only one way to find out and that's to experiment with some new approaches and see what results you get. So, in the next post I'm going to show you a really simple way to manage daily stress and lose weight into the bargain...

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