Stressful Statistics

{For several years, Bill hosted "Massage Moment", a radio spot nestled within Lionville Natural Pharmacy owner Ben Briggs' Saturday morning radio show, Health Focus on WCOJ. These 3-to-4-minute gems covered topics ranging from stress to common bio-mechanical injuries, to answering questions such as 'should I get massage before or after chiropractic?'

Listen to the audio here, aired originally on June 4, 2008}

"Good morning, once again, my Saturday-Morning-Radio-Listening-Friends!

Here's a bit of trivia for you:

- Did you know that on average we sleep 2 1/2 hours less at night than we did 100 years ago?

- Or that, on average, we work longer hours than we did in 1960?

- Or that the average American usually has at least 36 hours of work piled on their desks at any given moment?

- We spend 8 months of our lives just opening Junk Mail!

- We spend 2 years playing phone tag, and 5 years waiting for people who are trying to do too much!

What does all this add up to? A society that sleeps less, works more, and is constantly running out of time! Let's face it, as a people, we are burning the candle at both ends! Many of us are beginning to feel like Job in the Old Testament, who said, "I have peace, I have no quiet. I have no rest and trouble keeps coming!"

I've mentioned before that 'STRESS' is a means of measuring our WORK LOAD. In construction, beams are rated for STRESS. In construction, beams are rated for STRESS. In other words, they are designed to handle a certain amount of load. If you exceed the LOAD LIMITS, the structure will collapse.

We, too, have been designed by our Creator to handle a certain amount of work load. Exceed those limits and injuries will occur.

Here's some more trivia for you:

- 43% of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress.

- 75-90% of all doctor office visits are for stress-related ailments.

- Stress is linked to 6 of the leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, cirrhosis of the liver, and suicide.

- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) declared stress a hazard of the workplace. In terms of lost hours due to absenteeism, reduced productivity and worker's compensation benefits, stress costs American industry more than $300 billion annually.

- Reactions to stress are creating long-term emotional disorders in roughly half our population!

I've come to the conclusion that we're killing ourselves trying to live 'the good life'!

So, what do we do about it?

Well, first, be content doing less! King David wrote: "Our time is limited. We have been given only so many months to live, and have limits we cannot go beyond!" WE need to stop pushing ourselves beyond our limits. It's been said that 'contentment makes a poor man rich'.

Secondly, allow time for yourself, for family and friends. Theses are the most important relationships in our life - take time to enjoy them!

And thirdly, make it a point to get regular massage and bodywork. A half hour or one hour (even a 20 minute) massage on a regular basis can do wonders to relieves the effects of our hectic lifestyle. By getting muscles and fascia to relax, the entire body benefits. This, in turn, will improve your mental outlook.

I would go so far as to say that receiving regular massage and bodywork is the most important thing you can do to break the stress cycle.. before it breaks you!

This is Bill Bryan, reminding you that you are fearfully and wonderfully made!

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