We spend a lot of time talking about how to manage stress because many of our members have shared that when they get stressed they feel stuck. There are whole industries focused on the issue of therapy, to spas, to yoga, we spend a lot of time working on how to relax. Rest definitely has value, but we’re operating on the assumption that stress, in general, is bad for our health.
There were a lot of raised eyebrows around the office when one of our Health Advisors passed around an article that claimed stress even severe stress can be beneficial. But we took a deeper look at the research, and finally agreed that stress can cut both ways. It’s not about how much stress you’re handling in your life, but how you approach the problems you face that defines how stress impacts your life and body.
So, what does this mean for our members?
Many of you face overwhelming odds and steep barriers – there’s the cost of your medication, the headache of dealing with your insurance company, the daily difficulties of your condition, and various other stressors in your life. Stress can be toxic, but it can also be motivating. If you think of stressors as challenges rather than threats, it may be easier to confront and overcome them. If you’re comfortable sharing your challenges with your Health Advisor, you can tackle them together.
We’ve helped a lot of members through stressful situations, and our experience aligns with the latest research. It’s not how much stress, but the mindset in which you handle the stress, that determines your success. Believe in yourself.