Did You Have a ''Killer'' Weekend?

Did you spend last weekend worrying about your job? Perhaps, it was that crunch project you needed to finish Friday, but too many phone calls and e-mails made that goal an impossible one to reach. A failure to detach from the workplace and to relax elevates your risks of cardiovascular disease, according to a new study.

Finnish researchers tracked the health of some 800 factory workers from 1973-2000, taking into account their backgrounds and lifestyles. Workers were asked about job stress, how they recovered from it and, among other things, if having a free weekend enabled them to decompress from the previous work week.

Not surprisingly, those who believed they mostly failed to recover from the work week tripled their mortality risks, compared to those who did recover. What's more, the risk of death among those who didn't use their weekend downtime to recover was independent of other health factors, including smoking, inactivity and high blood pressure.

The lead researcher believes the higher risk of death among could be a sign of atherosclerosis, an arterial condition that leads to stroke or heart disease. Just one more study among many that matches my experiences with patients, considering stress is a huge contributor to the cause of their illnesses.

The trick about stress: It's not the presence of stress but how you deal with it, particularly during your downtime, that determines your future health. Meditation is one of many natural tools that can help you address stress, but it may take you a long time to benefit from it. That's why I recommend the Insight and Focus CD sets to improve your progress more effectively, quickly and efficiently.

Psychosomatic Medicine, Vol. 68, No. 3, May-June 2006: 398-401

Yahoo News June 16, 2006

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