Your thoughts about stress can prolong your life.
Your thoughts are important, but what’s more important is the way you respond to your thoughts. According to research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the way your respond to your thoughts can contribute to how long you’ll live.
It’s all downhill after forty.
Catherine used to work in the same Philadelphia office as me. She was energetic, respected, and a good worker. One spring I noticed that her behavior had changed. She was coming in late and taking more time off during the day. More noticeable was that rather than talking about her daughter (her favorite subject), she began to talk more about general health issues.
When I asked her if she was OK, she said, “Just a lot of little things going wrong. You know, after you’re forty, your health starts to go downhill. I turned forty in February.”
I was glad that nothing major was wrong, but her statement worried me. What if her belief that, “things go downhill after forty” could seriously affect her health?
Thinking that stress is bad can kill you.
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison asked almost 29,000 people to rate their level of stress over the past year as well as how much they believed this stress influenced their health.
Over the next eight years, public death records were used to record the passing of any subjects.
People who reported having high levels of stress and who believed stress had a large impact on their health had a whopping 43% increased risk of death.
Look at stress differently and prolong your life.
On the other hand, it’s not surprising that those who did not perceive its effects as negative were the least likely to die as compared to all other participants in the study.
I see stress as a sign that there is something emotional that I’m not dealing with in a healthy way.
What’s your biggest stressor today? Add your thoughts in the COMMENTS below.
Jason Hoover says
I believe stress goes hand and hand with health and happiness. Whenever I feel stressed out, whether that be from pressures at work or in my personal life; I like to sit down and take a moment to put whatever is causing the stress in perspective. 9 times out of 10, it is nothing even worth stressing about. After that, i am able to easily find a solution to mitagate or eliminate the source of the stress.
Putting your stress in perspective then finding a solution is one of the qualities of a thoughtful great leader. Now if you could only find a way to bottle that… 🙂
Thank you! Usually when I’m stressed it’s because I have a list of unfinished tasks. I recently read that when we cross off one of our tasks on our list (literally – with a pen), we get a little jump of feel-good adrenalin.
Now, when I feel stress, I sit down and write “To Do” list and of small tasks. This way I get to cross off a lot of them during the day!
Susan Cooper says
I believe our state of mind really has a lot to do with our health. If we believe we are getting old and everything is going down hill once we hit a certain age it will begin to. It we believe we are stressed and our life is a wreck, it will be. We have to choose how we wish to perceive things and the attitude we will take.
Hi, I believe that stress is a part of life, we all have experienced stress in our work, some deadlines to meet, at home, in our relationships, it is just a matter of how we handle stress, if we let it rule over our mind, definitely it will affect our heath as well. So, we really have to perceive stress in a different way whether we or 40 or even older, that way we will live a more enjoyable life. Thanks for sharing.