While scrolling through the endless stream of facebook statuses the other day, I came across one that struck a chord. It mentioned that October was Mental Illness Awareness Month. The author went on to make some quirky remarks about how his job, his wife and yes, even his kids, were saddling him with so much stress that he might actually enjoy a trip to the funny farm for a little R&R. While many responded with the typical “LOL”, I silently pondered the validity of his status; was he just joking or was he actually experiencing an insurmountable amount of stress.
My concern was not so much about the private details of his life, but about his overall health. While being “stressed out” may feel like a temporary mental illness, the truth of the matter is that when subjected to stressful situations over an extended period of time, the body is adversely affected; resulting in an increased risk of developing high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.
According to Kate Kusterbeck of the EarthMind Wellness Center at Honor’s Haven Resort & Spa, “Heart disease is the leading killer for both men and women among all racial and ethnic groups; making it exceedingly important to learn healthy lifestyle habits as well as how to manage stress effectively.”
On Saturday, October 19th, from 2:00PM – 4:00PM, Kusterbeck and her staff will be conducting a High Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular Diseases Management Workshop.
To learn more about this workshop and how you can decrease your risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke through simple lifestyle changes and stress management, call the EarthMind Wellness Center at 845-210-3143 or visit them on the web at www.earthmindwellness.com.