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The editors at Best Therapy Schools decided to research the topic of:
Is Stress Killing You?
- Stress in the US has increased 30% over the last three decades.
- 35% of American workers are CHRONICALLY stressed this year
Women are more stressed out at work than men
- They're likelier to feel tense over the course of an average workday, and likelier to feel as if their employer doesn't appreciate them. Finally, 38% of women say they aren't paid adequately for their work, compared to just 27% of men.
Top reasons people are stressed
- 1 - Job Pressure - Co-Worker Tension, Bosses, Work Overload
- 2 - Money - Loss of Job, Reduced Retirement, Medical Expenses
- 3 - Health - Health Crisis, Terminal or Chronic Illness
- 4 - Relationships - 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
People who cited physical symptoms experienced the following
- Fatigue - 51%
- Headache - 44%
- Upset stomach - 34%
- Muscle tension - 30%
- Change in appetite - 23%
- Teeth grinding - 17%
- Change in sex drive - 15%
- Feeling dizzy - 13%
And Dying doesn't convince you to destress, do it for your kids
- Studies show that kids catch your stress
- Parental stress (both mothers and fathers) when children are young (infants to toddler aged) has been found to change children's DNA by the time they became teenagers
- the number of parent stressors has been directly linked to childhood obesity
- Impact of Prolonged exposure to Cortisol on Young Minds
- Toxic stress can impair the connection of brain circuits and lead to the development of a smaller brain.
- Children can become overly reactive to adverse experiences throughout their lives, developing a low stress threshold.
- High levels of stress hormones can suppress the body's immune response, leading to chronic health problems.
- Sustained high levels of certain stress hormones can damage areas of the brain important for learning and memory.
How you can decrease stress
- Guided Imagery
- Listening to Music
- Breathing Exercises
- Other Techniques