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    How to combat stress in your life

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    I am sure we are all familiar with stress because I do not think you can become an OD without dealing with a large amount of it.

    But in case you were not familiar or are the most ridiculously type B person on the planet, let’s define stress.

    Stress is anything in your life that causes you to lose focus, get cranky, yell at someone (most likely your spouse or coworker), throw things, gain weight, lose weight, eat less, eat more, get sick, and develop idiopathic central serous chorioretinopathy (ICSC) and coronary artery disease.

    Are you a stress thriver?

    We all have stress but some have more than others. Some thrive on it while others avoid it.

    I am a thriver.

    Personality testing has proven that I am a counsul, a person who supports others, often at the expense of myself.

    I have learned that I take on too much in an effort to be everything to everyone. My friends need help, I gain validation from helping them. But this comes are a price.

    Previously from Dr. Swartz: Top 10 qualities of engineer patients

    Tracy Schroeder Swartz, OD, MS, FAAO
    Tracy Schroeder Swartz currently practices at Madison Eye Care Center in Madison, Alabama. She serves as Education Chair for the ...


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