The true cost of stress

We live in a culture that has made stress sexy. We say "I'm so stressed" almost like a badge of honor. We self medicate routinely.

When I worked as a pharmacist, I would often see a progression of illness in certain women. When they came in, I could tell they were in emotional pain or under stress. It's in my nature to be more sensitive to other's pain.

Quite frequently it would start with insomnia. Then progress. I remember the woman who inspired me to start Refresh. She was a gorgeous woman. Coiffed! She came in and asked for something to help her sleep. I asked her what was going on? I wanted to ascertain if she needed something like melatonin vs doxylamine. 

But something strange happened. Maybe it was my voice. Maybe because she had created a world where people stopped asking how she was because she had it all together, but she burst into tears. 

I led her to the side of the pharmacy and we talked. She was carrying a lot of stress. Emotional stress. I asked her if she was getting help for that. And perhaps the thought of admitting that vulnerability was too much, she began to pull back & retreat into her shiny shell of perfection. She said. "I know I can do all things through Christ". I nodded. Yes, you can. But you are not required to carry the cross. 
She calmed again. And we talked. Like the women in my home country who help each other take down trays of oranges and buckets of water from their heads unto the floor, I helped her lay her burdens down. 

This inspired the very first Refresh conference. As I explored more, I started with coaching then leadership & adding emotional intelligence to the mix. Especially as I learned more about the links between emotional stress and illness in our bodies. 

Generally stress, triggers the production of cortisol and sustained high cortisol levels (the result when stress is continuous) has very destructive effects on the body, like weight gain, hypertension, high cholesterol, lowered immune function and premature aging. 
Emotional issues have also been linked to systemic inflammation. Inflammation has been studied as a contributing factor in a host of diseases, including cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s.

This is why I have taken the combination of my knowledge as a coach, organizational & change leadership consultant and my training in social and emotional intelligence and put together this life class in emotional wellness. 
My classes go in depth and are interactive & regardless of the topic, there is always some laughter & joy. It is not just a lecture. You will participate in exercises & the ability to ask questions & spot coachings. Plus you will be in the privacy of your own home.

Emotional wellness is not a nice to have. It's a need to have. Stress doesn't always look like crying. Some of us are trained to be more stoic, but it's manifesting in stomach issues that have no medical solution or headaches that are consistent or insomnia or worse. 

Some of you have become harder. You get angry easier. You fly off the handle. You've taken on an edge and you don't even know it, but people are withdrawing from you. And even more important that edge is actually doing damage to your body. Not to talk of your soul. 

I'd like to invite you to register for the emotional wellness class in just a few days. Please stop putting yourself last. Stop trying to manage it all alone. This You are the most important resource in your life. If you don't value yourself & something happens what will your children do? Your husband? Your business? Your career?

This class will give you insight, techniques and strategies to create emotional wellness in your life. There are a myriad of benefits to emotional wellness. It can improve your relationships, affect your bottom line and improve your physical health, not to talk of less wrinkles and a more beautiful life.
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