Stress Almost Killed Me—Then I Changed My Mind

by Doc Orman, M.D. on August 2, 2014

Stress Almost Killed MeTo all the long-term followers of this blog, I haven’t been posting at my usual frequency for the past few weeks because I’ve been working on another major project.  It’s an online advanced eight-week stress relief program for successful, busy people and it is truly awesome.  Eleven people are going through the course right now, as a pilot group, and most are finding it very valuable.  I’ll have more to tell you about this course later on. 

In the meantime, I ran across a post about stress on another website that I wanted to share with you. 

The title of this blog post is “Stress Almost Killed Me—Then I Changed My Mind” published on August 1, 2014 by Tom Chi.  Here is how this post begins: 

“There was a point in my life when stress almost killed me, literally. This happened during what would have appeared to be a very “successful” period in my life.”

This opening piqued my interest for two reasons.  As a physician, I’m well aware of the many ways stress can negatively impact our health.  And given that I’m in the process of creating a stress relief course for highly successful people, I was curious to learn about what had happened for this successful person and how he eventually dealt with it.

The author then went on to say that his health scare happened during a very stressful time at work when he was 29 and heading up several project teams for a Fortune 500 company:

“…the way I handled that stress severely impacted my health—leading to an emergency wherein I lost 40 percent of my blood in 30 minutes and was just minutes from dying.”

It’s not uncommon to see people who are rushed to the hospital with sudden, severe internal bleeding, usually from the stomach or other parts of the intestinal tract.  It is also not uncommon to see these serious episodes precipitated, in large part, by steadily escalating stress. 

He then goes on to say:

“Since that episode, I have systematically gone about reframing my work—not doing different work but approaching work differently—specifically to remove stress. And the result is that I’m actually much more effective at my job.”

This is the “then I changed my mind” part of the story, and I’m always happy to read about inspiring examples of ordinary people who both mentally and physically overcome their stress.

So if you are interested in reading the full blog post and getting more details about the rest of this story, go ahead and click on the link below:

Stress Almost Killed Me–Then I Changed My Mind

 

 

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Stress Mastery: 6 Things Happy People Never Do

by Doc Orman, M.D. on July 5, 2014

happy-flowersI ran across a blog post on another website this week that I really liked. I have trouble finding good, high-quality articles about human happiness and human stress, so when I find one, I am glad to share it with you.

The title of this blog post is “6 Things Happy People Never Do” and I was actually in agreement with all six things the author pointed out.  I’m not going to try to summarize the article for you, as it is short and very well written.  Here’s the link so you can read it yourself:

6 Things Happy People Never Do

The author points out that there are many positive things that happy people often do.  However, they never (or rarely) do these six things:

1.  Mind other people’s business.

2.  Seek validation of self-worth from others.

3.  Rely on other people and external events for happiness.

4.  Hold on to resentment.

5.  Spend prolonged periods of time in negative environments.

6.  Resist the truth.

If you are interested in learning more about any of these six things, I suggest you read the full article.

Hope you had a great 4th of July Weekend.

 

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Stress Mastery: 20 Life-Changing Books

June 24, 2014

I was recently asked to collaborate with 19 other authors and experts in the fields of personal development, health, wealth, success and relationships.  To express our commitment to making the world a better and healthier place, we each contributed one of our bestselling books (electronic versions) as part of a 20 Life-Changing Books Box Set […]

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Can Stress Cause Us To Get Cancer?

June 21, 2014

As a physician and a stress expert, another question I’m frequently asked is whether stress can cause us to develop cancer.  As I shared in my last post—Can Stress Cause Heart Disease?—these types of cause-effect questions are very difficult to answer definitively. The reason for this is that science is not “an exact science,” and […]

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