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Is Stress Killing You?

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The editors at Best Therapy Schools decided to research the topic of:

Is Stress Killing You?

General Stats


- 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
- Journaling
- Self-Hypnosis
- Exercise
- Yoga
- Listening to Music
- Breathing Exercises
- Meditation
- Sex
- Other Techniques

Sources:


- http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2012/10/15/peds.2012-0895.abstract
- http://www.livescience.com/15858-parents-stress-kids-dna.html
- http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/crying-colic-9/stress-and-your-baby?page=2
- http://www.statisticbrain.com/stress-statistics/
- http://www.thegrindstone.com/2013/03/05/work-life-balance/new-survey-women-experience-more-work-stress-than-men/#ixzz2Nd25jUuc)
- http://stress.about.com/od/stresshealth/a/cortisol.htm


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