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3 Ways to Manage Stress as a CEO

Posted by David Pong, M.D. on Jun 5, 2019

David Pong, M.D., Medical Director, Executive Health & Wellness Programs and PartnerMD CEO Zack Smith

To address the unique stressors in your life as a busy business owner with many people depending on you, let’s first consider what you can change. Grab a pen and piece of paper and write down:

  • The external situations causing you the most stress right now.  It could be an employee letting you down, a difficult client, marital stress or caring for an aging parent. These are your stressors.
  • The activities that you rely on for downtime, “me time” or time that allows your brain to shut off and recharge. These are your short-term distractors.
  • Your reactions to stress. Do you get frustrated with others? Do you lose sleep? Do you eat poorly? These are your symptoms that you can be more mindful of when they occur.

Now that you’ve written down the main areas of current cause, effect and management of stress, we can start to refine your unique stress management strategy. And just as unique as we all are, each of us will end up with different way to manage our stress.  In general, there are three main steps better stress management.

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Topics: Executive Health

3 Ways to Overcome Stress

Posted by David Pong, M.D. on Mar 7, 2019

No matter the season or time of year, it seems like there’s no downtime for stress. But, if we can’t get away from the daily pressures and feeling stressed, how can we best manage it to keep our sanity?

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Topics: Lifestyle & Wellness

When It Comes To Cardiovascular Health, What You Don’t Know Can Definitely Hurt You

Posted by David Pong, M.D. on Feb 11, 2019

A recent study published by the American Heart Association reports that 48% of American adults have some form of heart disease. Because serious heart conditions can be present without symptoms, a significant number of the population could be completely unaware of poor cardiovascular health or their risk of developing life-threatening disease. Often, the best way to find out about current health and potential risk is through advanced cardiovascular screening.

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Topics: Medical Perspectives

When Are Allergies a Medical Concern?

Posted by David Pong, M.D. on Apr 5, 2017

Itchy eyes, sneezing and a runny nose: you may know that these are common symptoms of seasonal allergies. But did you know that more serious issues like asthma, eczema, nausea and diarrhea can also be symptoms of an allergic reaction?

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Topics: Medical Perspectives

How Good Mental Health Assists with Disease Prevention

Posted by David Pong, M.D. on Nov 2, 2016

In our blog article series about preventing chronic illnesses, we’ve discussed the powerful impact diet and exercise can have on preventing diabetes, heart disease, cancer and arthritis. But did you know that your mental health and how you manage stress can also contribute to your risk of developing these chronic illnesses? 

Some may like to believe that our emotions have nothing to do with our long-term health, but recent studies have shown a powerful connection between proactive stress management and overall health. Here’s a look at the science behind how good mental health assists with disease prevention:

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Maximize Your Health with a Preventative Care Assessment

Posted by David Pong, M.D. on Oct 19, 2016

Simply put, preventative care is the process of taking small steps to either avoid health issues and chronic illness or manage these issues in an effective and low-intervention way. There are many things you can do to incorporate preventative health into your lifestyle, such as eating a nutritious diet and getting a proper amount of exercise. But how do you navigate unique health challenges that might be keeping you from achieving your best health?

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Topics: Concierge Medicine, Executive Health

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