StressStress happens to us all. Whether it’s struggling with work/life balance, worrying about money and expenses, or just the daily stress that can happen from your day-to-day routine – stress is a burden all of us can bear. Unfortunately, stress can have huge effects on both the mind and body.
According to the Mayo Clinic, stress can cause upset stomach, headaches, muscle pains or tension, sleep problems, chest pain, fatigue and many more. Furthermore, stress has impacts on both your behavior and mood, including anxiety, restlessness, sadness, depression, irritability, anger, tobacco use, and drug and alcohol abuse, among others. Long-term effects of stress include obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer just to name a few.
Refresh Your Life, Body and Mind
There are many ways to combat stress – to allow yourself to relax to you can feel refreshed and ready to take the world on again. For many people, it comes down to personal choices. Riding a bike, going for a run, or meditating are all healthy choices that are not only stress relievers, but good for the body as well.
Other great ways to reduce stress include staying active. Going for a run or walk, playing with pets or loved ones can take your mind off the stress you’re experiencing, as well as release the chemical dopamine. Many studies, according to MindBodyGreen, have pointed to the fact that dopamine, which is a neurotransmitter in your brain responsible for feelings of happiness and joy, is released during exercise.
Along with exercise, a healthy diet is encouraged as well. According to the Stress Management Society, there are certain foods that can both trigger and worsen stress. These include sugar, alcohol, various types of nuts, fast food, butter, cheese and energy drinks, among others. It’s best to eat a healthy, fresh diet, one filled with vegetables, fruit, fish and water.
How MediGap Advisors Can Help
A Medigap Advisor Personal Benefits Consultant is here to guide you through the process of obtaining the right health plan for you, and eliminating as much as stress possible from this process. We also suggest you consider obtaining Critical Illness Coverage.
A Critical Illness plan covers you when you’re diagnosed with critical illnesses such a heart attack, alzheimer’s or cancer. You receive a lump sum to assist in paying for the various expenses that you can incur after a critical illness diagnoses.
Critical Illness Coverage also offers you peace of mind, and less stress knowing you are properly covered should anything happen in your future. Contact us today and let us take this stress off your shoulders!

Wiley Long is founder and president of Medigap Advisors, and is passionate about helping people navigate the confusing waters of Medicare. He is the author of The Medicare Playbook: Designing Your Successful Health Coverage Strategy, a clear and simple explanation so you can make the most of your Medicare coverage.