Provided by Business Psychology Associates
The incidence of Influenza is epidemic this year as the contagious bug makes its way across the country, spreading through offices, schools, daycare centers, malls and other public places. Its rapid spread in the fall and winter is attributed, in large part, to weather conditions that keep us indoors so much of the time.
Medical experts remind us to do the following in order to stay well:
You may be aware of the impact of stress on such things as your blood pressure and heart rate, but did you know that stress triggers the release of large quantities of a chemical called Cortisol in the body? Cortisol reduces the effectiveness of white blood cells in battling seasonal ailments.
There are several different sources and kinds of stress. The first is stress caused by a chronically busy life style. Hectic work, social schedules obligations to kids, and care of a home. Then there is the kind of emotional stress, which is caused by divorce, a death, and a loved ones illness, conflict among family members or problems in the workplace. Both affect your immune system functioning.
You may believe you manage your stress well. Listen to your body. It may be begging for help. Do you suffer from...
These are signs and symptoms of chronic stress in some cases.
If stress causes you to get sick more often than you would like, try the following:
By reducing your load and maintaining an awareness of your stress response, you will better defend yourself from the flu bug season after season.
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