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Congratulations Grads of 2016 – – Now What? STRESS – PGSD

gradStressCongratulations on a achieving your goal.  You made it!  Now what?  That is the question that has caused much anxiety for many graduates.

In fact the stress is so common there is even a label for it.  However, this is NOT a condition that needs medication.  Post Graduation Stress Disorder is when the high of graduation decreases and the reality of what’s next is faced square on.

This type of stress can lead to some very bad habits and can also lead to premature death.

Most graduates are so excited about graduation and have poured hours and days into their studies to pass examinations and get ready for the big day.  However, few have taken time to properly prepare for the next step which is how to use this new knowledge which has been worked so hard to get.

This type of stress bears the following symptoms:

  • Feeling you are not in control of your life
  • Feeling a lack of support after commencement
  • Feelings of failure if the new graduate is unable to find work in their area of specialty in a reasonable length of time
  • Sleeplessness and irritability
  • Avoidance of normal, everyday activities* – *Please also be aware that these symptoms might not present themselves until some weeks or months after the commencement.

There are some very straight forward steps one can take to reduce the stress and take control of the situation.

First sit down and make a plan.  It is good to talk with someone who has been through this already perhaps in the same industry.  Map out your first couple of weeks.  Then the first few months, six months and one year.  Organize this into clear actions steps and prioritize these so that you have a step by step program.  Now get busy on the plan.  Use the same enthusiasm for this plan as you did for graduation.

What is YOUR Purpose.  Have a clear picture of where you want to go and know that it will take work and persistence to get there.  As long as you keep your vision on the goal you will get there.  Be flexible in your plan so that you can make the appropriate changes as you progress.  Just like sailing a ship you must navigate changing waters.   Also, have a clear idea of WHY you are doing what you are doing.  What is the driving force that keeps you excited and will continue to push you through the troubled times?  Write it down and look at it often.

Put a winning team together.  We rarely function alone.  As you put your plan together take a look at those you know or those you will want to get to know that can help you on your journey.  What is YOUR all star team.  Who do you want those players to be.  This may include coaches, friends, colleagues or other entrepreneurs, doctors, trades people, accountants, attorneys etc.

Keep in mind YOU have what it takes right now to take the next step.  If you keep taking that next step you will be less stressed but most of all  you WILL be successful.  Here is to YOUR next step.  If you are a graduate reading this Congratulations to you.

If you know someone that you feel would benefit from some personal coaching or needs guidance with a health related problem or to manage stress Dr. Shapero can help.

Yours for Better Health, Dr. Shapero



Fast Pain Relief Without the Side Effects



When it comes to pain the last thing you want to do is cover it up and ignore it.  I often use the analogy of a warning light on the dash board of a car.  However, pain can sure cut into your production and your enjoyment.  Once the underlying problem is identified many of my patients, understandably say, I want pain relief NOW!  We do have solutions for quick pain relief which I will share with you in this article.

It is not news that pain killers kill more than pain.  Even periodic use of over the counter pain medication causes liver, kidney and intestinal damage.  Many times worse than the painful problem they were taken to relieve.

Before covering up pain the problem should be accurately identified so that the proper remedy can be applied.  Once this is done the typical first aid for an area of pain is usually ice.  Quite often this is overlooked.  It’s simple, it’s readily available and easy to use.  However, once this has been tried you may need something much more to relieve the pain.

Keep in mind as we interrupt the pain cycle, which is part of the inflammatory response of the body, we do not want to interfere with healing process which is what medications have shown to do.  Even so I still hear this, “I get that I’m inflamed, and that it takes time to reduce the inflammation causing my pain…..but I hurt right now! what can I take right now for my pain?

May have tried topical analgesics and over the counter pain medications however we have something much better.  This is an herbal analgesic with a 35-45 minute onset for musculo-skeletal, nerve induced and smooth muscle (cramping) pain, and any other type of acute pain you may be experiencing.  It works on about the same level of pain relief as two or three Tylenol or 500mg ibuprofen, with ZERO side effects and contraindications.

Now if you would like more of the technical aspect of how it works.  It contains California poppy, Jamaican Dogwood and Corydalis. California poppy is a relative of the opium poppy and on a much milder level (1-3% the strength of hydrocodone) and works the same way. Opiates attach to opioid receptors, primarily in the brain, spinal cord and intestinal tract, and block pain signaling to the brain. This is not a complete and total blockage that masks 100% of the pain, even with strong opiates. The California Poppy works in a similar fashion, but very mildly, without euphoria, addictive properties or constipation. Corydalis, or Chinese Poppy, works in a similar way, but acts on dopamine receptors, not opioid. This also calms pain signaling, and promotes a relaxed state. Jamaican Dogwood is anti-inflammatory which slows nerve-based pain signaling, particularly in smooth muscle tissue like uterine or intestinal walls. It will address both pain and anxiety. Great for night time pain and menstrual cramping as well.

If you or someone you know is suffering from pain this could help so please pass it along.

To Your Health, Dr. Shapero

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