Discover 3 Ways To Decrease Your Stress Today!!! Patient Empowerment
Hello Everyone, my name is Dr. Uchenna Kole-James, Pharmacist and founder of Phun On the Pharm. Today, it’s all about decreasing the stress in our lives!!!
We are Mastering Positive Change in our Health, our Selves, and our Relationships!
We are discussing how mastering your health, yourself, and your relationships are essential to you living your best life!
The best patient is an informed and educated patient – Patient Empowerment!!
Today is all about decreasing the stress in our lives. Stress is when we have struggle in our lives that we feel we can’t control. It’s a struggle with what should be going on in our world, with what is happening.
The demand on us is more than the supply we can provide.
According to the American Psychological Association, the reasons that men and women stress differ. Women tend to feel stress from work, family, and health. The main cause of stress for Men were from work. How the sexes manage stress differ… Women tend to spend time with their family or read, and men mostly relieve stress from physical activity.
To all my ladies reading this, the natural caretakers we are, sometimes can hurt us physically.
3 ways stress can affect the body:
1. Increase in stress increases cortisol levels.
Cortisol is a hormone in our blood released as a response to stress from the environment. When stressors are always present, this fight or flight mechanism is constantly being activated, and your body becomes overexposed to cortisol.
This causes an increase in health problems, including weight gain, heart disease, depression, etc.
2. Stress can cause a disorder called Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, also known as “broken heart syndrome”.
Have you ever heard of anyone dying from a broken heart? This occurs when stress or emotional trauma causes the heart to stop working. This can occur with no preexisting heart disease, and is usually caused by the death of a loved one, or extremely anxious or stressful situation.
Self-love yourself my phriends on the pharm, this is soo important!
Another way stress affects the body:
3. Stress can affect your productivity and concentration, and can result in decreased medication adherence.
The issue of medication adherence is complicated, and this problem has been the focus of many research projects. Because of my pharmaceutical background, I am deeply troubled by the implications of non-adherence.
Not taking your heart medications for example causes heart attacks, strokes, and death.
The American heart Association states poor medication adherence kills 125,000 Americans every year, and costs the health care system $300 billion a year.
The number one way to decrease stress about medication adherence is to establish a strong relationship with your physician or your pharmacist. Your pharmacist is the most accessible health professional and most trusted health professional after nurses.
Pharmacist are in the unique position of experts in medication management.
At Phun On the Pharm we offer several packages to decrease stress about your medication regimen.
One service is the RxPowerHour. A comprehensive review of all your medications, checking for drug interactions, and creating a medication action plan to assist you in reaching your health goals.
This service is $99 per hour, and is covered through Medicare and Medicaid depending on what state you live in. Check out my website for more information.
*******Ways to decrease stress in your life******
1. Watch the videos from week 1 of mastering positive change in your health (Check out my YouTube Channel):
Increase your movement, increase yoga, and perform meditation. All those activities will help to decrease the stress in your life.
2. Way to decrease stress in your life get more sleep.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, your body needs 7-8 hours of sleep every night.Establishing a wind-down period will help you get more sleep. A routine consistently done night after night become a habit.
What time are you going to go to bed consistently every night, so you can get the amount of hours your body needs to perform?
Avoid caffeine and stimulants 4 hours before going to bed. Check out YouTube video on getting more sleep!
Okay my Phriends on the Pharm, until tomorrow, self-love yourself, what is more important than you?!