“Stress is not necessarily something bad – it all depends on how you take it. The stress of exhilarating, creative successful work is beneficial, while that of failure, humiliation or infection is detrimental.” —Hans Selye, pioneer in stress research.
Physical effects of long-term stress:
1. Heart problems
2. High blood pressure
3. Susceptibility to Infection
4. Skin problems
Stress Warning Signs and Symptoms
Inability to concentrate
Seeing only the negative
Anxious or racing thoughts
Irritability or short temper
Agitation, inability to relax
Sense of loneliness and isolation
Depression or general unhappiness
Annual costs to employers in stress related health care and missed work: $300 Billion
It is now believed that 80-90% of all disease is stress-related.
1 Job Pressure
Co-Worker Tension, Bosses, Work Overload
Loss of Job, Reduced Retirement, Medical Expenses
Health Crisis, Terminal or Chronic Illness
Divorce, Death of Spouse, Arguments with Friends, Loneliness
5 Poor Nutrition
Inadequate Nutrition, Caffeine, Processed Foods, Refined Sugars
6 Media Overload
Television, Radio, Internet, E-Mail, Social Networking
7 Sleep Deprivation
Inability to release adrenaline and other stress hormones
U.S Stress Statistics
Percent of people who regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress 77 %
Regularly experience psychological symptoms caused by stress 73 %
Feel they are living with extreme stress 33 %
Feel their stress has increased over the past five years 48 %
Cited money and work as the leading cause of their stress 76 %
Reported lying awake at night due to stress 48 %
Most Stressful U.S. Jobs (2013)
1. Enlisted military personnel
2. Military General
4. Commercial airline pilot
5. Public relations executive
6. Senior corporate executive
8. Newspaper reporter
9. Taxi driver
10. Police officer
Most Stressful Countries
1. South Africa
4. Southern Cyprus
8. New Zealand
And yet, a study cited by the China Daily Mail (2012) says that China is the most stressed country.
Most Stressful U.S. Cities
1 Hartford, Conn.
2 Newark, N.J.
3 Brownsville, Texas
5 Buffalo, N.Y.
6 East Los Angeles, Calif.
8 San Bernardino, Calif.
9 St. Louis
10 Paterson, N.J
Least Stressful U.S. Cities
1 Naperville, Ill.
2 Livonia, Mich.
3 Overland Park, Kans.
4 Gilbert, Ariz.
5 Thousand Oaks, Calif.
6 Arvada, Colo.
7 Sterling Heights, Mich.
8 Huntington Beach, Calif.
9 Plano, Texas
10 Scottsdale, Ariz.
1. Go out of body: Meditation, yoga, and tai chi can bring balance to your life.
2. Activate: Physically active people feel less anxious and depressed.
3. Join the Tea-Party: Cutting back on caffeine can also help since constantly stimulating yourself can drain your system. If you’re a coffee drinker, opt for green or black tea; these are healthier choices overall. Increasing your intake of omega-3 fatty acids (through fatty fish, flaxseed, fortified foods, or supplements) may help keep the stress hormone, cortisol, in check.
4. Improve time management skills: What causes stress is multitasking while doing things that give us pleasure.
5. Just say no. Get some R&R time.
6. Know thyself: Finding quiet time isn’t a luxury; it’s essential for protecting your health.
7. Herbal strength: A class of herbs called adaptogens keeps everyday pressure from wreaking havoc on your immune system. Dubbed the “king adaptogen,” eleuthero (also known as Siberian ginseng) has been shown to normalize blood pressure and blood-sugar levels and stop stress from draining your adrenal gland’s supply of vitamin C.
8. Combat computer overstimulation: A little nature therapy can also ease the stress of too much computer time. A stroll through a park counteracts overstimulation and can also boost your mood and energy.
9. Listen to the music: A number of studies show that listening to music, especially classical, may help you unwind.
10. Creating artwork and crafts can help relax your senses.
Better Living Through Chemistry
Celexa. generic name: citalopram class: selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors
Prozac. generic name: fluoxetine class: selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors
Paxil generic name: paroxetine class: selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors
Elavil generic name: amitriptyline class: tricyclic antidepressants
Effexor XR generic name: venlafaxine class: serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors
Luvox generic name: fluvoxamine class: selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors
Luvox CR generic name: fluvoxamine class: selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors
Prozac Weekly generic name: fluoxetine class: selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors
Vanatrip generic name: amitriptyline class: tricyclic antidepressant
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