“We know today that the story of our genes is much more intriguing, complicated, and adaptable than we ever imagined. In fact, our genes appear to be much more sensitive to the environment around us, and that environment may influence whether our genes will or will not activate. The combination of our surroundings and our genetic predisposition impacts us from the very moments we enter the world, and even in the womb itself.”
This quote is from the enlightening chapter on epigenetics in Manage Your Stress (Joseph S. Shrand, MD, with Leigh M. Devine, MS). It’s a quote that I feel is relevant to my predisposition to and development of RA. A combination of the world events that my parents lived through, that affected their relationship with each other and us children, addictions and personality traits, which consisted of a lot of negative feelings, including intense worry and feelings of never being enough.
I have been able to become my own gate-keeper, thanks to the stress techniques I regularly deploy, even when I’m not stressed. Every day I practice what I preach and build up resilience. Think of it as filling your pantry shelves with preserves marked ability, capability, endurance, performance – things that allow you to do well when the world has other plans.
In helping to build up your pantry of stress management goodies, I am delighted to be given an opportunity to review this book, then offer it as a giveaway. We all need reminders to take ourselves seriously enough to lead a designed-by-us life, not one that is dictated by Stress Uncontrolled.
Filled with plenty of links to case studies, Manage your Stress will open your eyes to the deleterious effects of stress, but it won’t leave you hanging, wondering “What next?” In a user-friendly format, you’ll learn how stress impacts your immune system, cardiac system, your gastrointestinal tract, how you sleep, and your brain function. You’ll get a good grounding in things you can do to start making a difference – now. This book is not only about “overcoming stress in the modern world”, it is also about being well by developing good living habits, with information on nutrition, relationships, time, structuring your home life, and so much more.
As I tell my clients, when you have knowledge, about not only how stress impacts you, but more importantly, what to do about it, plus the practice of practising your new behaviours, you can expect to see a change – one that will leave you feeling better – in ways that may delight you!
If you are puzzled by what to do about your stress, enter this giveaway for your own copy of Manage Your Stress.
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- To enter the giveaway, explain how you know when you are stressed. (To leave your answer, click the green Comment link, below.)
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