MERRY STRESSMAS – Let it go, Let it go, Let it go

Let it go


Let it go? Without question, stress is all around you. Every day seems to load it on even more. You really don’t feel well. Everything you’ve been looking forward to has left. You’ve got physical stress, topped off with emotional stress. And one of your wishes on a star includes letting it all go. a But how is that possible…there’s so much to do, so much to remember. You did forget someone…oh, you. Before the holiday even begins, dump the entire concept of expectations, and leave yourself room for a big stocking of joy.


But how? Maybe we can help.

Make a long to-do list, and then dole it out to as many people as possible. And give them a practiced “you don’t want to cross me” look.

Make “delegate” your holiday mantra.

Thank heaven for new appliances that do everything like eliminating the chore of rinsing the dishes before you wash them.

When everyone comes looking for you with things you’d rather not do, tell them you’re facetiming your dearest friend who now lives in Latvia and disappear for an hour. (in which time you’re really taking a breather.).

Go to the pancake house for specialty pancakes.

Be glad you don’t have a chimney and let everyone else figure it out.

Start a new tradition called “give it a rest.”

Don’t fear “store-bought”.

Learn to say “no” in a sweet, endearing way.

Fear not, “naughty”. (At least to some degree.)


Stress that’s not checked, just continues to make you feel like you’re

constantly under assault. But you can fight back. You don’t have to let stress control your life. The answer isn’t overindulging in eggnog overload. It isn’t feeling like the house has to be spotless before you try to get to bed. Where your head will be crammed with visions of debt. Sleep in heavenly peace seems like a dream. This requires more than elf help. It requires the help of STEPHEN A. GOLDSTEIN MD, F.A.C.S. AT DENVER HORMONE HEALTH. Since you can’t sleep anyway, make an appointment to see him the moment his office is open. Or leave a message and we’ll get right back to you.  With Dr. Goldstein, Christmas cheer comes early and stays that way. As an unparalled expert in hormone therapy, he’ll see that you’re probably feeling your worst. Stress and hormones. Can’t have one without the other. But simple tests will tell him that. And that way he can create a treatment program tailored to your exact needs. No one size fit all. So, call for an appointment now.

And make this the best Christmas ever.

MERRY STRESSMAS – All Decked Out in Holiday Hormones

Holiday Hormones


There is a definite link between stress and hormones. Stress hormones are a normal body response, but when constantly under stress by daily situations, this can lead to long-term health problems. There are 3 hormones that are effected the most;

  1. Adrenaline
    what it is: commonly known as the fight or flight hormone, it is produced by the adrenal glands after receiving a message from the brain that a stressful situation has presented itself. Your muscles are tense, you’re breathing faster, you may start sweating. That’s adrenaline.
  2. Norepinephrine
    what it is: a hormone similar to adrenaline, released from the adrenal glands and also from the brain.
  3. Cortisol
    what it is: a steroid hormone, commonly known as the mother of stress hormones, produced by the adrenal glands. It takes a little more time — minutes, rather than seconds — for you to feel the effects of cortisol in the face of stress, because the release of this hormone takes a multi-step process involving two additional minor hormones.


Excess stress can have both physical and mental effects. (if you’re like 7 out of 10 people, you have both.)

  • Your head feels like it’s locked in a nutcracker.
  • Sleigh bells ring and your migraines skyrocket.
  • Insomnia strikes.
  • Exhaustion takes hold.
  • Anxiety attacks.
  • Depression looms.
  • Blood pressure blossoms.
  • Sugar levels soar.
  • Your muscles scream.
  • You become irritable.
  • Argumentative.
  • Your libido plummets (“not this month, honey…”)
  • You begin to feel loopy, having trouble remembering things from your thousand-item list.
  • Warning, warning, a complete health crash seems to be coming.
  • You’re under assault.
  • Burned out and overwhelmed.
  • It could totally sleigh you.


Stress hormones are a normal body response, but constant stress can wrap your body in long-term health problems. Hormones are the chemical messengers that flow through your body, telling it what to do. When your hormones aren’t balanced, you’re unbalanced. And don’t you have enough to throw you off balance as it is? You’re not alone. About 7 out of 10 people report saying that they feel overwhelmed and stressed during the holidays. Just too much going on. Deck the halls has taken on a whole new meaning. It’s more like deck your body with…well, everything.  They say it’s the thought that counts and your thoughts should be on making an appointment to see DR. STEPHEN A. GOLDSTEIN AT DENVER HORMONE HEALTH. He’s    got “nice” down to a science. You can tell him anything…everything…and just looking at you, he’ll know you’re suffering from a hormone imbalance. (He’s got that much experience.) With a few simple tests, he can tell you what he already thought the problem was. But once he gets your results, he tailors a program to get you back to where you were before the hailstorm of holiday stress hit. Don’t wait. Make an appointment now.

He’s the star to wish on.

MERRY STRESSMAS – The Post Black Friday Blues

Black Friday Blues


Up we go (in the middle of the night) and tear off to Walmart or wherever where we’re sure to find whatever, and whatever the kids beg for. Minivans fight for parking places like reindeer on caffeine overload. Christmas spirit? And where are we going to load all those goodies (mostly unnecessary, into the car? This is a tradition that is taking a toll on a lot of us already frantically frazzled.


Why is it stress is always at the top of your list? Where’s the time you get to lounge around in ridiculous pajamas sipping steamy hot chocolate, reminding yourself of things that have to get done. And why don’t those things ever involve anyone else pitching in? Who made this a one player team? You swear it begins to make you fruitier than a fruitcake. And just as heavy. Everyone wants…well, everything. Does price ever enter the picture? Christmas is going to the dogs, when you consider that 95% of people buy their pets gifts.



It never seems to stop. You can’t forget filling every cranny in the house with extra batteries. And then, there’s the panic that sets in when you see something that has “requires some assembly” stamped on it. We have phones that store thousands of images in the cloud, but we still stand in line for 2 hours or more to get that tacky photo of your kids sitting on Santa’s lap, who if you asked, would rather be sitting with a jumbo-sized eggnog. (excess rum included.) Then there’s the whining “I’ll die if you don’t do it” request to sit for hours watching funny Christmas cat videos. Your “naughty” nerves start to climb. You get an incontrollable urge to wrap gifts in birthday paper since you have so much. And what if you have no chimney? Does Santa just power through the wall like the Kool-Aid pitcher man? And what if Santa has gone vegan or gluten free? Do you need to put out quinoa cookies with organic soy milk?

Since you probably won’t get the Barbados thing, then all you probably want for Christmas is Tylenol, Advil, Prilosec…maybe some Ativan…. They say it’s the thought that counts—I doubt anyone wants to hear what I’m thinking.


The holidays are wall to wall with stressors (all that stuff that makes you want to scream) and all those stressors have a huge impact on your entire hormonal system. If you’re feeling stressed, your hormones have a day with your body and your hormones will be out of whack. The more your emergency stress system is activated, the easier it becomes to trigger and the harder it becomes to shut off. The most dangerous thing about stress is how easily it can creep up on you. You get used to it. It starts to feel familiar — even normal. You don’t notice how much it’s affecting you, even as it takes a heavy toll. You can’t fake how rotten you feel. Wishing on a star isn’t going to do what making an appointment to see STEPHEN A. GOLDSTEIN MD, F.A.C.S. AT DENVER HORMONE HEALTH will. No one knows more about hormones and how they can affect your body. His expertise is unquestioned. His experience unparalleled. His understanding puts your mind to rest. Not to mention the rest of you. With simple tests, he can see which hormones are triggering your distress and target them head on with a treatment program tailored just for you. Right size. Right everything. Right away. So, make an appointment before your holiday cheer disappears.

No battery required.