Stress is the body’s natural response to threats or demands. In limited doses, stress is normal and even healthy. It is the automatic “fight-or-flight” reaction that helps executives and other professionals prepare for and perform well under critical circumstances, such as meeting tight deadlines or practicing quick and effective decision-making. Stress can also be the catalyst that helps us react quickly when needed, whether in traffic or when faced with danger.
Despite all of these benefits, stress has a bad reputation – and for good reason. While our fight-or-flight instinct may indeed be vital to our survival, stress that occurs on a continual basis (chronic stress) can have an adverse effect on health and performance. When your nervous system stops differentiating among real physical danger and perceived, emotional threats, stress begins to recur frequently. This spurs a vicious cycle in which emergency stress is easily activated and increasingly difficult to avoid.
While there are many causes of stress, one of the most common is a person’s work life. As the World Health Organization states, “Pressure in the workplace is unavoidable due to the demands of the contemporary work environment.” Research shows that organizational risk factors for stress include busy work schedules, pressing demands relating to specific tasks and roles, and the degree of an individual’s involvement in decision making, among others. Yet, this description applies to the majority of today’s professions, meaning that stress is not something that can be evaded but must instead be approached differently. Addressing the effects caused by stress can help professionals optimize their wellness; giving them the power to overcome daily challenges and perform better in the workplace. When its effects are simply ignored, however, all of this stress has a far-reaching impact: with its wide range of consequences, it’s estimated that the total cost of stress exceeds $300 billion for U.S. enterprises.
Of course, the impact of stress is more than just financial. Chronic stress can impact your productivity, mood, relationships, health, and ultimately, your quality of life. It tends to have far-reaching implications on some of the most important parameters of wellness, including sleep quality, energy levels, libido, cognitive function, and body weight. Symptoms of stress may not appear all at once; rather, they may creep up slowly and even begin to feel familiar. Unfortunately, even busy professionals and executives who recognize the signs of stress may feel as if they have no time to address these compounding effects. As their list of responsibilities continues to grow, their health is often put last, while work and other demands take top priority.
At Cenegenics, our age management program is designed with executives and professionals in mind. We cater to the rigorous scheduling requirements of our patients and provide practical solutions for mitigating stress and tackling its many consequences, both immediately and over a long-term basis. Moreover, we understand that the pressures associated with demanding professions are inevitable, but through effective stress management, executives and professionals can improve upon the key areas of health, such as low energy, poor sleep, and cognitive function, to boost career performance.
Addressing the far-reaching impacts of stress is where we excel. Through physician-led, tailored treatment programs, Cenegenics provides a roadmap for executives and professionals to improve wellness in the areas of cognitive function, libido, energy, sleep, and weight. Our approach to wellness is scientifically proven, research-based, and overseen by physicians specializing in age management who tailor each program to their patients’ unique needs. Additionally, our stress mitigation plans are all-encompassing to address all of the areas of your wellbeing stress can permeate. Targeted treatments such as individualized nutrition plans, exercise programs, and hormone replacement therapy (if needed) are employed to achieve lasting improvements in sleep quality and duration, cognition, libido, energy levels, and weight regulation.
Oftentimes, busy professionals do not realize the impact of stress in their lives until physical symptoms begin manifesting themselves. The good news is that it is never too late to begin overcoming stress, and by tackling it now, you can begin improving your health immediately. If you suspect that stress could be holding you back professionally or that it has impacted your quality of life in additional ways, take a moment to identify the types, causes, symptoms, and long-term effects of chronic stress to help you determine whether your health could be in jeopardy.
Tackling stress effectively requires a comprehensive approach. It is not a simple fix but instead demands a strategic treatment plan, as would any other medical condition. Nutritional planning to support the immune system and targeted exercise programs to benefit the mental and physical state are just some examples of how Cenegenics physicians can support healthy stress management practices, thereby leading to a more focused, healthy, and engaged professional.
Unfortunately, one of the reasons patients fail to overcome chronic stress is because most recommendations for mitigating stress leave too much room for guesswork. Busy professionals and executives need a precise plan that can be used to improve all aspects of their wellness, so that they are armed with an entirely new, healthy way to combat the effects of stress and approach the responsibilities and demands that would normally cause them stress in the first place. Cenegenics age management physicians deliver treatments and tactics used to improve mental focus, sharpness, strength, and sleep quality, helping patients restore their ability to work through life’s many challenges in a healthy manner and relieve stress.
While the effects of chronic stress can go unnoticed and even become comfortable to those suffering from it, you were likely drawn to this guide because stress has impacted your life in one way or another. Do not allow stress to take its toll on your well-being, professional life, or relationships any longer. Contact Cenegenics to find out how our personalized, physician-developed age management solutions can help you address the stress factors you face in positive, productive ways and reverse the effects caused by chronic stress.
Stress is the body’s natural response to threats or demands and is normal and even healthy, in low doses. The automatic reaction helps executives and other professionals prepare for and perform well under critical circumstances. However, while our fight-or-flight instinct may indeed be vital to our survival, stress that occurs on a continual basis (chronic stress) can have an adverse effect on health and performance. Often times, during chronic stress, your nervous system stops differentiating real physical danger and perceived, emotional threats, and can spur a vicious cycle in which emergency stress is easily activated and increasingly difficult to avoid.
Tackling stress effectively requires a comprehensive approach, including nutritional planning to support the immune system, and an exercise program to benefit physical and mental states. Cenegenics age management physicians deliver treatments to improve mental focus, sharpness, strength, and sleep quality to help optimize patients’ well-being, professional life, and relationships by restoring patients’ ability to work through stress in a healthy manner.
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Textbook of Age Management Medicine Authors:
Jeffrey Park Leake, M.D., CPT
Dr. Jeffrey Park Leake is a Partner and Director of Education at Cenegenics Elite Health specializing in age management and wellness. Having trained hundreds of physicians worldwide, Dr. Leake is also the Director of Education for the Clinical Strategies for Healthy Aging course at AMM Educational Foundation.
Todd David Greenberg, M.D., CSCS
Dr. Todd Greenberg is a practicing physician with a broad range of expertise, including wellness, exercise, sports injuries, and MRI of sports injuries. He is a Radiology Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Washington.