Is Your Job KILLING You?

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A new study of office workers in England found that employees working eleven hour days or longer were 67% more likely to develop heart disease than those working seven or eight hour days.  The study was published in the April 5, 2011, issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

My Take on the Information …

This is not all that surprising to me.  We know that working longer hours is likely more stressful and does not allow for as much time to participate in stress relieving activities like exercise and meditating.  With 70 – 90% of all visits to primary care physicians being for stress related illnesses, we can fairly conclude that stress is the root of most illness.  The results are disturbing, but certainly not shocking.

Is this Preventable?

Life has few guarantees, but I’d say you would be better off in the long run if you follow these two strategies:

1.  Find a job that does not require you to work more than seven to eight hours per shift.
2.  Do not compromise the daily stress management tools I teach in my coaching program and in my lectures.

To Your Success -

Chad Simpson, RPh
The Pharmacist Guy™

The opinions and information provided by Chad Simpson are for informational purposes only and are not intended to treat, diagnose, or render medical advice.  They are not a substitute for medical advice or treatment from your physician or health care practitioner.  Never start, stop, or make changes to your medication or health care regimen without first checking with your physician.

Reference:

http://www.businessweek.com/lifestyle/content/healthday/651527.html

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Awesome April Fools’ Day Prank

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This post is just for fun because having fun is a great way to stress less … especially on April Fools’ Day!  Here is a super easy and fun April Fools’ Day prank that I had loads of success with today:

1.  Cut a small square off from the sticky part of a “sticky  note”.
2.  Write “April Fools!” on it.
3.  Stick it over the red light sensor on your Fools’ mouse.
4.  Sit back and see how long it takes before they figure out why their mouse isn’t working!

Happy April Fools’ Day …

Chad Simpson, RPh
The Pharmacist Guy™

The opinions and information provided by Chad Simpson are for informational purposes only and are not intended to treat, diagnose, or render medical advice.  They are not a substitute for medical advice or treatment from your physician or health care practitioner.  Never start, stop, or make changes to your medication or health care regimen without first checking with your physician.

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Check this dog out … literally!

Yale Law School is experimenting with a new program to help their students in the ongoing battle with stress.  Monty, a certified therapy dog, is a 21-pound, brown, border terrier mix who is available for students to check out — literally — from the law library.  The thirty-minute sessions with Monty provide students with an additional avenue for stress relief.

Law librarian, Blair Kauffman, hopes the free three day pilot program is a “positive addition to current services offered by the library.”

MTV and the Associated Press recently teamed up and studied over 2000 students from 40 randomly selected colleges across the nation.  Their results showed that 85% of students are stressed out on a daily basis.  In my career as a hospital pharmacist, I’ve seen therapy dogs make a positive impact in the lives of patients with various medical conditions and suspect those benefits would carry over to stressed out students as well.  As a pharmacist and wellness advocate who specializes in showing students, professionals, and entrepreneurs medication-free strategies to minimize stress and maximize success, I’m ecstatic to see such a program for the students at Yale Law School and hope their trial run is a huge success.

To Your Success (and much less stress) -

Chad Simpson, RPh
The Pharmacist Guy™

The opinions and information provided by Chad Simpson are for informational purposes only and are not intended to treat, diagnose, or render medical advice.  They are not a substitute for medical advice or treatment from your physician or health care practitioner.  Never start, stop, or make changes to your medication or health care regimen without first checking with your physician.

 

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Could You Be Stressed Without Even Knowing?

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When I show clients strategies to help minimize stress in their lives, I often begin with one very simple, yet amazingly powerful tip:  Become Aware.

When we are stressed, our bodies begin to tell us we are stressed before we may even realize it.  We may not “feel” stressed out, but our bodies may be telling a different story.  During these times a few things usually begin to happen:  our shoulders rise up toward our earlobes, our jaws clench, our teeth grind, and the muscles in our neck, head, back and legs begin to tighten.

Unfortunately, we  [Read More...]

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Chad’s Recent Appearance on Sex Talk Live!

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Andrea Adams-Miller, founder of SexualityTutor.com, recently invited me to appear on her radio talk show, Sex Talk Live!  So of course, I said, “I’d love to be on your show.”  Then it hit me:  What is a pharmacist who specializes in showing students, professionals, and entrepreneurs medication-free strategies to Minimize Stress & Maximize Success going to talk about on Sex Talk Live?

Hmmm … did I just commit to the wrong project?  No way!  Let’s face facts.  Sex may [Read More...]

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Taking Lessons from an 11-Year Old

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Although we all know that worrying about what other people think about us, can send our stress levels through the roof, it can be difficult to “stop” caring about what everybody else thinks of us!

I recently spent time with my awesome nieces, 11-year old Emileigh and 12-year old Ryleigh, who reminded me that we should not be concerned with what others think … that we should just be our own amazing self … no matter what!

Emileigh recently went shopping and [Read More...]

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3 Essentials for a Stress-Less Semester

Successful Students.jpgHappy New Semester!  

It’s that time again to kick off a brand new semester with a fresh start. When I speak to college students about minimizing stress,  I give them a blueprint that shows how to build a solid core foundation that prepares them to stress less and maximize success. Once you lay a foundation with my core principals, you can build on it as much or as little as you like.  It’s completely up to you.

Below are three essentials for starting a “Stress-Less” Semester.  Use these tips to [Read More...]

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The Spiritual Journey

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Have you ever been in a situation where you felt like you were being “attacked” based on what you believe?  I recently had someone try to strongly convince me how right they were about spirituality and how wrong I was!  In these very stressful situations when we are under fire, it’s best to remember that being right is not always the right thing to be.  I’ve written a few quick thoughts regarding the spiritual journey that can help all of us remember that we will not always see eye-to-eye on every spiritual issue — and that’s okay!

Two people can be on the same spiritual journey, but be at two separate places along the journey.  Neither place is wrong, right, or better than the other.  In fact, most people probably are at differing places in the journey since we progress on our journey at varying paces.

Think of two trains going toward [Read More...]

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Chad with Jonathan Sprinkles in Los Angeles

Back from L.A. … Just a quick post to show everyone a super cool photo with the awesome Jonathan Sprinkles — one of America’s best speakers and one of my amazing mentors!

Be well –

Chad

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Green Grass …

I’m working on loads of great stuff this weekend, but still taking some time to relax, renew, and re-energize!  As I’ve been working, I thought about a really great lesson I learned years ago.  It’s some really sage advice from a friend of mine I was talking with one day about people who always think that the “grass is greener on the other side.”  His theory is great:  “If you think the grass is greener on the other side, try watering your lawn.”  Simple and well stated. Brilliant stuff!

Be Well -

Chad Simpson, RPh
The Pharmacist Guy™

The opinions and information provided by Chad Simpson are for informational purposes only and are not intended to treat, diagnose, or render medical advice.  They are not a substitute for medical advice or treatment from your physician or health care practitioner.  Never start, stop, or make changes to your medication or health care regimen without first checking with your physician.

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