Think Thin Thursday ~ You'll Find It Somewhere Between "A" and "C"

Real Estate Agent with Florida Supreme Realty SL514814

First let me clarify that this in an opinion only and derived from situational awareness that is observed in my everyday life. Let's start with The News. It does not matter what source it's delivered from it's designed to get a reaction from you by stating any sort of negative action. When is the last time you can remember seeing an entire day of Good News in any media? Got kids? They can add a lot of worry into your otherwise peaceful day. How is your car running? Boss giving you a hard time? Bad weather approaching, fires, floods, hurricane, tornado, blizzard, drought, etc! YOU COULD BE AFFECTED. I can almost guarantee that you are and you're not even aware of it. By what, you ask, it's STRESS.  

Chicago murders, ISIS, North Korea, Parkland School shooting, Jim Acosta and thousands more interactions all combine to give stress every second of every day. How does it manifest itself in our bodies? Our bodies combat it with a little hormone called Cortisol. Here's where my theory kicks in. Somewhere between Addison's disease and Cushing's syndrome is that fine Balance we once had that properly regulated the bodies dispensing of Cortisol into our blood. It's a steroid and they can be wonderful but they are also extremely powerful.

As humans we can handle acute stress pretty well with small doses of cortisol coupled with some adrenaline when that old "fight or flight" reaches the brain. You know the stories of Mom's lifting cars off of their child in order to save them. And do you ever wonder how an old man can beat down bullies and barely get a bruise. I am not saying it always happens only that it has happened. We're designed to survive and this is our built in mechanism to do that.

Now the tricky part, chronic stress, this creeps up on us and we don't even realize it. Oh, the cortisol is still in the picture but is somewhat on a drip campaign, literally in constant production, numbing the overall effect of the day to day stresses we bear. The more chronic our stress the less ability we have to handle the acute variety. What occurs is a simple trigger can put you over the edge. You get yelled at work or cut off in traffic or it could be a perceived threat because the cortisol in both high and low levels can fatigue, disorient and virtually alter your normal reaction to this stress input. This is what happens in my opinion to those perpetrators of horrific acts to others and why its diagnosis is so, so difficult.

Got too much on your life's plate? Hate your job? Caregiver to a sick relative? In a bad relationship? These would be conducive to having a chronic stress problem. If it's sudden money problems, road rage, death of a loved one or even being a victim or witness to a crime this can result in feeling acute stress. The two can be a lethal combination and you need to do something about it before it's too late. Want a sobering statistic, in about half of all cardiovascular disease cases the first symptom is death.

Stress is not going away, we are designed to handle it but I want you to be able to identify it and seek help for it if necessary. Making fists, a hot head, rapid heartbeat and breathing, clammy hands or cold feet can be signs of acute stress. Mood swings, anxiety and depression accompany chronic stress but the most telltale symptom I see is a large belly and relative "skinny" arms and legs in their proportion. When observed I know that Cortisol is rampant in that body.


What to do: See a Professional, Exercise, Meditate, Breathe correctly and get a hobby! You're going to be all right!   

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Comments (10)

William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I personally watch less and less news all the time.  And if  it is on I rarely hear what they are saying

Aug 30, 2018 03:52 AM
Kevin J. May

In my opinion 24 hour "news" is a major culprit adding to the stress unnecessarily. Breaking news and alerts fill our lives far too frequently.

Aug 30, 2018 04:25 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Kevin J. May there's stress all around us.... I think everyone needs to find a positive and healthy way to diffuse that stress.... I focus on weights at the gym.... lifting, using machines and resistance ropes.... takes focus and we can only focus on one thought at a time.... it's all happening at the gym for me....and if I do it once a day, I'm good!

Aug 30, 2018 04:01 AM
Barbara Todaro

that's my passion.... I suppose, when I'm stressed and there's no gym, I'd go online and write.... whatever I can do to refocus....writing requires me to refocus. Kevin J. May 

Sep 02, 2018 01:34 PM
Kevin J. May

Hypothetically speaking where would you turn if unable to workout? Another outlet could compliment the gym's effect.

Aug 30, 2018 04:27 AM
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Try not to worry about stuff, about 90% of it never happens. When stressed out, see a Professional, Exercise, Meditate, Breathe correctly and get a hobby! You're going to be all right! 

Aug 30, 2018 04:27 AM
Kevin J. May

Sham, where would we be without the hype? Some handle it better than others.

Aug 30, 2018 05:34 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kevin. The same "sound bite" can be interpreted two juxtaposed ways. Just ask those who write the news! No stress, no news! You can't fix it any way regardless of what they say! Enjoy your day!

Aug 30, 2018 04:59 AM
Kevin J. May

OAN, One America News does a relatively good job at presenting just the facts without the fluff. 

Aug 30, 2018 05:30 AM
Gwen Fowler-864-638-3599 SC Mountains Lakes Homes
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Salem, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

Thank you for sharing. We need to learn to take life 1 day at a time. Worry is like a rocking chair, you are busy doing something, but not getting anywhere. 

Aug 30, 2018 09:53 AM
Kevin J. May

You might have hit the nail on the head with a good rocker. What other tool can bring such peace of mind by such small subtle movements? A trip to Cracker Barrel could work wonders!

Aug 30, 2018 10:52 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I stopped watching the news a long time ago, I pretty much only watch the sports news these days.

Aug 30, 2018 10:27 AM
Kevin J. May

So many sources and so little time Brian. Journalism is almost dead.

Aug 30, 2018 10:54 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Being able to handle stress may be the most important adult skill.

Aug 31, 2018 12:04 PM
Kevin J. May

I don't know the exact number although that's a comment that bears repeating. Thank You

Aug 31, 2018 12:14 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Unbiased, responsible journalism is surely becoming a thing of the past Kevin, which is why I trust but verify to avoid the National Enquireresque style of writing to be at the forefront of my days. Your post makes so much sense on all levels. We all carry stress but when in overload, it can, more often that not, be dangerous to our health! Happy Labor Day to you.

Sep 02, 2018 11:22 AM
Kevin J. May

Doing my damnedest to shrug it off Wanda. I'm much "lighter" now!

Sep 02, 2018 11:29 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

We quit watching the National news a long time ago Kevin J. May and I'm doing more and more to get rid of stress... like kicking NAR to the curb for good last week.

Sep 02, 2018 01:23 PM
Kevin J. May

RealMan, that simple NAR trick will probably eliminate the need for massages in your repertoire. Congratulations!

Sep 02, 2018 04:43 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Ahhh, the sixties!  Even the prescription drugs were nicer back then.  Remember the TV content back then?  They never showed blood.  Storylines were simple and the good guys always won.  What happened?

Sep 04, 2018 07:12 PM
Kevin J. May

We took that left turn in 1968 and never got back to the main road.

Sep 04, 2018 07:35 PM