Stress Can Make Your Body Run Like A Broken Down Car
If asked if your job is stressful, chances are you would answer
with an emphatic "Boy is it ever"!
Work is by far the leading source of stress in our lives. Nine
out of ten people say they experience high levels of stress
several times a week. And one out of four of us have high stress
levels every day.
What you may not know is that your stress from work may, in
fact, be affecting your health. Stress affects the body in many
different ways. Some kinds of stress are beneficial. Others can
cause serious health problems.
Chronic stress weakens the body's physiological systems and
leads to innumerable health problems. In fact, WebMD estimates
that 75% to 95% of all doctor's visits are stress related.
Major stress related health problems include:
work stress, heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood
pressure, sleep problems, headaches, faster aging, strokes,
depression, ulcers, asthma, weaker immune system (reducing your
natural ability to fight off infection), loss of memory
Even more frightening is that job stress is at an all-time high
and continues to rise. For most people the number of hours
worked has increased. Where hours don't increase the number of
responsibilities increase and deadlines become more and more
Job stress even invades our vacation time. According to Anderson
Consulting, 80% of people who took vacations in 2000 stayed in
touch with the office by taking their laptop or cell phone with
There are several indicators you can use to determine if you
suffer from chronic stress. Warning signs of chronic stress
include headaches, teeth-grinding, back pain (especially in the
shoulders or neck), anxiety, and insomnia. Even lots of day
dreaming as escape from your situation is a sign you need to
begin to manage your stress. If you suffer from chronic stress,
there are a lot of things you can do to reduce the stress. Some
of the most effective stress management techniques include
relaxation exercises and meditation.
If you are at work and need to reduce stress, try deep
(abdominal) breathing while visualizing a peaceful scene or
wonderful past memory that brings a smile to your face.
Ultimately, virtually every job is stressful somewhat. But by
identifying and effectively managing your stress, you can reduce
its negative effects and enjoy a healthier life.
Why risk being taken by surprise with a health problem when the
stress begins to hit your body. Manage your stress today. The
effects of your efforts will increase over time. But you have to