This issue of Making a Difference! is brought to you by…
Betty & Jerry Griffin
In this issue…
♦ The future of health & wellness… ♦ What Is “healthy”?
♦ The greatest threat to healthy living… ♦ The Study: Stress
♦ The Study: Health and wellness routines ♦ The Study: Top sources of stress
♦ Signs that you’re too stressed..
♦ Are you suffering from an energy crisis? ♦ The Study: Energy
♦ The Study: Most common energy challenges ♦ Why Shaklee?
♦ How the pandemic affects sleep cycles… ♦ The Study: Sleep
♦ Tips to combat COVID-related sleep issues
~ Dr. Forrest C. Shaklee, Sr.
The future of health & wellness…
Shaklee recently completed an important project… The Shaklee U.S. Health & Wellness Study.* It focused on the nation’s largest adult demographic group… millennials… those individuals born between 1982 and 1996. Shaklee wanted to know how this group was faring… both physically and emotionally… while dealing with the unprecedented threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal was to better understand the challenges and opportunities to improve health and wellness for everyone during this trying time. The results were revealing:
____ 70% of millennials are more concerned with personal health
and wellness now than prior to the pandemic
____ 60% of millennials are “more stressed out than ever before”
____ 58% are concerned that they may now have “permanently
low energy levels”
____ 94% want to make health and wellness a priority in the
As you examine the study results, put a checkmark √ by those responses that apply to you.
*Study participants: 2,000 adults in the U.S. between the ages of 22 and 39 years
What Is “healthy”?
Shaklee wanted to know how millennials defined “being healthy”. This was their response:
____ 57% defined “healthy” as feeling physically strong
____ 54% said it was feeling good inside and out
____ 51% described it as feeling mentally and/or emotionally at ease (no anxiety or stress)
____ 42% stated that it was feeling financially secure
So… what does “healthy” mean to you?
Have you guessed what millennials sited as the number one risk to their overall health? Yes… it’s stress!
Stress can have a profound impact on your health. Here are just a few ways that stress can affect you:
The digestive organs tend to take the brunt of our stress, which is why it’s often blamed for causing ulcers.
Stomach pain, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, and other digestive disorders can be the result of stress. The “fight or flight” response, often triggered when the body is under stress, affects the digestive organs by temporarily shutting them down, a nightmare if stress is chronic.
Excessive stress disrupts hormones in both men and women. Women may experience menstrual irregularities, acne, problems in pregnancy or difficulties becoming pregnant. Men may experience impotency or other sexual dysfunction.
The “fight or flight” response also affects heart function. When your heart becomes stressed, you’re more prone to develop heart disease. Stress can also exacerbate or even trigger the mechanisms that produce atherosclerosis… a narrowing of the arterial walls that result in decreased blood flow.
Upper respiratory illness
Stress decreases the immune response and suppresses the immune system, leaving you open to infections and illness, particularly colds and flu, and more recently, COVID-19.
Stress triggers the production of cortisol (the stress hormone), which can slow your metabolism, making weight loss difficult if not impossible. Stress can also activate a craving for sugary foods, making weight gain more probable.
Stress-related weight gain can also result in a host of other health problems associated with obesity: diabetes, joint problems, and perhaps even cancer.
Stress may also manifest in nervous behavior, excessive worry, obsessive-compulsive tendencies, or any number of anxiety disorders.
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The Study: Health and wellness routines
This is followed by:
____ 46% Getting more sleep
____ 47% Exercising more
____ 45% Reducing stress
The Study: Top sources of stress
Stress is a perennial challenge to our health and wellness. It’s been linked to such conditions as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other illnesses, including mental disorders such as depression or anxiety. Here’s what most stresses millennials:
Signs that you’re too stressed…
____ People in your life have started commenting that you seem stressed.
____ You’re getting more headaches… one of the physical signs that you are under too much stress.
____ You’re feeling more tired, which could be a sign that you need to start controlling your stress levels.
____ Your self-esteem has cratered. You used to feel good about yourself but now you’re feeling negative. Noticing this sign will help you seek support and combat the symptoms of stress early on.
Are you suffering from an energy crisis?
If you ever need more energy to get through a day, you’re not alone. Many people lack energy when faced with a hectic day-to-day routine. The recent Shaklee U.S. Health and Wellness Study reveals that stress, lack of sleep, and low energy are taking their toll on the health and wellness of the millennial generation.
While the need for more energy is a common one, sometimes we look for energy in the wrong places. In the study, 9 of 10 (89%) reported the need to improve their energy during the day, most frequently with tea, energy, or coffee drinks. But these options are usually loaded with sugar or artificial flavors, and 71% are concerned that these energy-boost strategies “come with a health trade-off.” Shaklee believes you shouldn’t have to endanger your health and wellness to get an energy boost. Here are four natural Shaklee energy solutions to get you through your day.
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You don’t need to trade your health for more energy! The next time you need a mid-day pick-me-up, try one of these healthy energy boosters.
The Study: Most common energy challenges
The most pressing needs for an energy boost:
____ 49% “to get through the
____ 41% “to get through a
____ 40% “to kick-start my
____ 38% “to keep up with my
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How the pandemic affects sleep cycles…
According to behavioral sleep medicine psychologist Michelle Drerup, PsyD, “Stress impacts every area of our life so, of course, it’s going to impact sleep,” she adds. “And that is even further complicated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that’s consumed our lives for much of the last few years.”
Without a doubt, stress and anxiety levels escalated dramatically during the pandemic for many reasons, including solitude, financial difficulties, managing work and school, as well as navigating parenting difficulties.
All of this tension… combined with lack of sleep… can have a huge, negative influence on your general health and wellness.
One major concern that is specific to the pandemic, Dr. Drerup says, is the impact on our immune system. “When someone is chronically sleep-deprived,” she states, “they tend to have lowered immunity which makes our susceptibility to viruses higher.”
So… correcting your sleep issues will also increase your
The rest of your body can also suffer from loss of sleep, leading to metabolic disorders, cardiovascular concerns, an increased risk of weight gain, diabetic issues and hypertension.immunity! What a deal!
____ Turn off the news. If you don’t know what’s happening, you can’t obsess about it.
____ Keep a consistent sleep schedule. Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day.
____ Open the windows. Research shows that we all sleep best when cold, ideally between 60° and 67° F.
____ Take Dream Serene with melatonin* 30 minutes before retiring.
*Melatonin is a hormone, produced naturally in the body, that helps regulate the sleep-wake cycle. Darkness increases melatonin production, preparing the body for sleep.