• Nick Holderbaum

The Stressed Out Firefighter

C - “Stressed-out”

H - Upon entry into the fire service, firefighters have suffered from chronic stress. Low and high-level stressors, on and off-duty.

A - Irritable. Depressed. Moody. Lacking patience. Decreased immunity. Raised insulin. Risk of burnout. Higher waist-circumference. Low-T. Increased risk for SIBO and leaky gut. Increased heart rate and blood pressure. Increased inflammation. Chronic stress may also trigger heart attacks and the onset of dementia...

R - Meditation (Headspace, Insight Timer), yoga, Emotional Freedom Techniques, deep breathing (4-7-8 breathing), exercise, social connectedness, sauna and float tanks, and spending time in nature...

T - Bliss.

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