The general image of a powerful businessman as seen from the outside consists mainly of motivational speeches and business meetings. However, few people understand how stressful a businessman’s life is and how that affects him. Apart from the responsibility a businessman has for his customers and partners, there also a huge responsibility for his employees. Having tens or even hundreds of people relying on you for their wellbeing is something unimaginable for most people. Stress and stress related illnesses are the main risk that come along with a businessman lifestyle.
Usually, the first organ that is affected by stress is the skin. From simple rashes to zoster zona, skin can go through numerous negative reactions. Stress can cause bad acne, hives, psoriasis, alopecia and vitiligo in some extreme cases. Most of the time, all doctors can do is recommend you ointments that fix the effect but do not address the cause. There is no such thing as an unexplained rash or itch. Your skin is your protective coat, and everything that happens on the inside, shows on the outside. Keep in mind that the mind and the skin are in tight connection. So, by all means, try and reduce stress by giving yourself enough time for relaxing and soul searching.
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In some extreme cases, the heart is affected. It is a widely known fact that young people are more prone to suffering fatal heart attacks than those of old age. After a certain age, the conformation of the heart changes, making it more resilient to heart attacks, while the organism of a young person is not prepared to face such a situation.
Another negative response to stress may be found in the digestive system and can manifest through gastritis, ulcer, or irritable bowel syndrome. Being a businessman is not a 9 to 6 job, that’s for sure. It’s a job you have 24/7, which later turns into a lifestyle of its own. As I stated before, regarding sensibilities of the digestive system, this stressful lifestyle could cause major health problems. Research also shows that the digestive system is directly affected by the state of mind. The way a stomach ache can blur your train of thought, the same way heavy worrying and stress affect your stomach and guts.
Besides these widely known illnesses, there are some hidden stress induced dangers. Leaky gut syndrome is a real vexing affliction. Since it is both correlated to diet and negative emotions, it lingers at supportable levels for a long time, reaching climax later in life, by affecting the kidneys or the brain itself. The gut is the most vulnerable to the presence of chronic stress, causing gut motility, gut permeability and barrier function. This leaky gut video by Eric Bakker explains exactly what leaky gut syndrome is about and presents ways of preventing and beating it from an incipient phase.
Successful business people are characterized by drive and ambition. These traits are a must-have in a competing business world. Being overwhelmed with work related issues, people, but especially business people, tend to neglect alarming health signals, leaving it to the last moment, when the harm had been already done. It’s highly important for a businessman to understand that the efforts he puts into his business must also be put into his own well-being.
Bringing your laptop to the beach, gives you a sense of responsibility and importance, when in fact, it is merely an illusion of control which only represents a stress-factor and in the long term will cause more harm than success.