Dr. Mary Galloway • Newberg, Oregon

Is My Stress/Fatigue Normal?

  • Posted on Nov 28, 2017

The holidays are upon us – time to put your already overworked life into overdrive! Work, shopping, household chores, parties, pageants, cooking, more shopping, dinners – how can we keep up with it all?

According to the American Psychological Association, 44% of Americans feel their stress has increased in the last 5 years. In 2015, the top two stressors were money and work. In addition, a recent study by Bel Marra Health found that mice who were under stress had gut changes similar to mice who ate a diet of high-fat junk food. Stress can cause not only GI problems, but also headaches, insomnia and hormone-related problems.

The 2017 National Safety Congress reported that almost 4 out of 10 people suffer from fatigue at work. Being fatigued at work can put you at risk for on-the-job accidents or at risk for traffic accidents while commuting. One report stated that 6400 fatal car crashes per year were due to tired drivers.

Occasional stress or fatigue are normal. But when that stress and fatigue continue for extended periods of time, they negatively affect your health. 2.5 million people in the U.S. suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Many do not know it; they just feel stressed, fatigued and in pain. How can you tell if you have something more than occasional stress or fatigue? How can you reduce your stress and fatigue to keep them from developing into something more serious?

Dr. Mary Galloway is giving a free lecture entitled “Reduce Fatigue and Stress – Have More Energy!.” She will explore ways to reduce stress levels, tips for battling fatigue, and when to check with your health care professional for treatment. This free lecture will be held at the Chehalem Cultural Center, Tuesday, December 12th, 7-8 pm. For more information, call Joy of Health Naturopathic Clinic at 503-554-5865.