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Stress and The Spark...

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Today, I was reading The Spark by Chris Downie (Founder, CEO and Motivation Expert of SPARKPEOPLE.com) and a line in it stood out to me and I can't seem to get it out of my head... That line is... Just five minutes of stress can leave your immune system vulnerable for nearly six hours. WOW! How truly insane is that? I knew that stress can leave a huge mark, and even lead to death, it's that serious... but to have it's effects measured out so simply and in such a huge variance has just stuck with me all day.

Luckily, I've always been one to deal with stress fairly well. I am not sure why. Maybe it's the "California" in me, just the laid back attitude I have or just knowing that there isn't much that can be done about something that has already happened. I recently saw an episode of Ellen where she had this woman on who was 105 yrs old... she asked the woman what her secret was to living to that age... and the woman answered... "I never let things bother me that I have no control over" or something to that effect. I'm very much the same way. Plus, I have alot of hobbies that are tedious lol Cardmaking or other things that my friends seem to think are just "busy work" that they couldn't even be bothered with... they usually make a comment, "No wonder you are so calm all the time"... So, I think that must help me as well... who knows.

I truly feel that having less stress in my life helps me sleep at night... my husband seems to be a terrible sleeper and alot of my friends are as well. I've always been a very sound sleeper and I can probably count on my hand the very few times I've had troubles sleeping and it's usually involved my mind not shutting off (which I'll chalk up to a bit of stress) lol I think there is a link.

I know there are lots of other reasons for lack of sleep or reasons for stress... but I was just randomly talking about stress and that line and how it just stuck with me... does it shock you? What do you think of it?
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FP4HLOSER 2/2/2013 11:15AM

    I feel that my hobbies (card making, quilting, jewelry making, etc) help calm me too! This was good to know Marie--thanks!
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CLPURNELL 2/1/2013 8:14PM

    I am very much the same as you. The simplicity of knowing what you have the power to control and what you don't and how to let things go I think is so powerful. Like you my personality is that that comes a lot easier to me than most. That is why I too sleep well all the time. So I believe every word of your blog!

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ROCKMAN6797 2/1/2013 5:20PM

    It definitely must be the California in us because I am the same way. I don't get stressed about most things, choosing to deal with them as they need to be dealt with and then on to the next "fire." I, too, have no difficulty sleeping as I sleep like a rock whenever I have lay my head on a pillow.

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WACFIT 2/1/2013 12:31PM

    Yes, it surprise me that they can quantify it like that. I knew stress was bad for you of course. I tend to let myself stress too much. I like what the old lady said which reminds me of the scripture about how worrying won't add one hour to your life...Mat 6:27
Good blog.

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