It’s JUST Stress? Is It JUST Arsenic?

I was the luncheon keynote motivational speaker for one of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Luncheons recently and had the opportunity to listen to a local woman from the community speak before me.   She was a nurse (no one is exempt) and a heart attack survivor.  She proceeded to tell us that when she experienced her symptoms, she repeatedly chalked them up to “just stress.” Time and time again she said she told herself, “I’m sure it’s JUST stress” – as if that was nothing to worry about.

Oh babies, stress is something VERY serious to worry about.  Saying it’s JUST stress is like drinking a glass of poison and saying, “It’s JUST arsenic.”

Read this article by Mike Wertheim on two GREAT ways to reduce your stress – and maybe save your life.

From your motivational speaker, Linda Larsen, begging herself to start doing these two things…


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  1. Amen Linda! I was just reading about how a buildup of stress hormones can lead to a host of unpleasant symptoms including headaches, high blood pressure, immunity weaknesses, chronic fatigue, depression, and autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and allergies.

    Nothing “JUST” about that!

  2. Great advice! So typical for a woman to just plow through and blaming it on stress. Wonderful reminder that we need to check in and stress less.

  3. Wow!  Those stress studies are eye-opening!  Meditation is a tough one for me but I love Tai Chi.  I’ll add it to my long list of to-dos.  Uh oh, did I just add to my stress??

  4. You’re so right Linda!  We really need to take heed when our warning signals are small so we don’t have to be hit over the head with a brick to take notice!  

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