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Stress and The Spark

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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