STRESS kills. I have to admit, I’ve heard the line many times before but I never paid any attention to it. Until it finally hit close to home, and I understood what stress can do to one’s health.
It happened a couple of years ago. A few days before Christmas my dad got a heart attack. He survived it, and had to immediately undergo a quadruple bypass. I remember how difficult it was to find an excellent heart surgeon to do the operation because most of them were out of the country, on vacation. Our family prayed fervently, and spent as much time as we could with each other. We spent Christmas and New Year’s Eve at the hospital, ate simple, healthy food, and spent every day with each other.
We eventually found a surgeon who could do the operation after the holidays. We were satisfied with his track record, and liked how straightforward and no-nonsense he was. After the bypass, we took care of our dad and saw him through his recovery and rehabilitation. It was so hard to see my dad looking so weak and fragile–I cried many times and prayed the rosary when I felt hopeless and lost.
At that moment I realized how important it is to take care of one’s health. If you think about it, you can have all the money in the world and that will mean nothing if you are sick or unwell. Investing in health by eating well, exercising, and managing stress will reap its rewards in the future and I knew I had to start that very day. I never wanted to go through this again, which meant I had to start with myself, and hopefully influence my husband, mom, sister and brothers.
As you know, stress is the biggest killer of our times. Not only has it been linked to headaches, sleep problems, muscle tension and digestive disorders, but it has been known to cause heart disease, depression, pain and discomfort, accelerated aging, and obesity. Most of us deal with stress on a daily basis, which is why we think it is “normal”. We don’t realize how much it affects our health and we are actually making ourselves sick with stress from work, family problems, traffic, etc.
Learning how to manage stress is key, and should be practiced daily. It can be as simple as walking away from negative gossip or confrontation, observing better time management, not bringing work (or stress from work) home with you, and traveling at off peak hours. I’ve found that listening to my favorite tunes immediately puts me in a better mood, while surrounding myself with positive friends and doing things I like on a daily basis (like reading books, watching movies and blogging) ultimately makes me a happier person. Adding a good, balanced diet to the equation as well as regular exercise (20 minutes of jogging 3x a week) definitely helps. As well as taking an anti-stress supplement like Stresstabs everyday.
Taking a multivitamin supplement to help fight stress is definitely something new for me, but as I found out, it is so effective. Stresstabs is formulated to help replace the key nutrients needed by the body to defend itself from the negative effects of stress. It contains a unique combination of essential nutrients for revitalizing the body and keeping it healthy.
I have to say, the name called out to me when I was at the pharmacy buying my dad’s heart medicine. There it was–Stresstabs. I immediately bought a bottle and I’ve been taking one tablet everyday ever since. The active ingredients of Stresstabs are vitamin C, vitamin E, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, vitamin B12, biotin, pantothenic acid, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc and copper. As you know, Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect the cells in the body from free radical damage. It is also known to boost immunity helping prevent different health problems. While B vitamins help prevent imbalances on these vitamins which help fight stress and reduce anxiety.
Oh and it also contains Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that helps in protecting the cells in the body. The other ingredients are nutrients that are known to help in combating stress.
What I learned from my dad’s heart problem is to never take my health for granted. I now know how important it is to invest on my health, and by doing little things here and there I’ll be able to live happily and hopefully be sickness-free. ❤