Doesn’t it seem like the news is all bad? It’s stressing all of us out. What is stress? It’s the bodies physical reaction to a perceived threat. What your brain does is tell the adrenal glands to put out adrenaline that increases the heart rate and blood pressure. It also increases your cortisol, which suppresses your immune system and can long term make your blood more likely to clot.
There is a clear link between high stress time and an increase risk of heart attacks. The 1994 Northridge earthquake in Los Angeles is a prime example. There was a tremendous spike in the relationship between that event and heart attacks that caused heart death in the days surrounding it. But what about the stock market’s volatility? The financial news recently has
been grim and depressing to all of us.
A fascinating study in the European Heart Journal looked at the current situation and studied the Shanghai stock index between January 2006 and January 2008, a time of incredible volatility in the Chinese stock market. Many single investors were jumping into the market and it had wild swings but for every 100 points change in the stock market there was a 5% increase risk in heart attack death.
What can we do with all the negative financial news? Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- You can’t control the stock market but you can control your response to it. If you do
have investments we recommend you check with somebody who can verify you’re in the
right type of investment pattern.
- Disengage yourself from all the negative news. The media is full of sensationalized
reports so choose one you’ll watch but don’t watch all the time. In fact, newspapers are
a great way to learn things. Disengage yourself and chill out.
- Continue to exercise regularly.
- Don’t surround yourself with negative people who are going to tell you we’re all going
to hell in a basket. Try to find positive people to be around and think about the positive
things in your life because as bad as things are we all have something positive in our