Top 10 Most Stressful Occurrences for Americans:
- Spouse Death
- Marriage Separation
- Jail term
- Death of a loved one
- Injury or illness
- Job loss
- Retirement/Change of financial status
Studies show that stress comes from four main areas:
Environnment- Our physical surroundings such as an unsafe neighborhood
Relationships- With friends, family, and partners
Work- Job dissatisfaction, overworking, insufficient pay, conflicts with boss/coworkers
Social- Poverty, discrimination, harassment, unemployment, isolation
Some of the stress-related symptoms described in my previous post can get worse or become chronic conditions if stress is repetitive or persistent. This is because the body continues to secrete stress hormones, and blood pressure remains at a higher level.
Effects the body might experience are:
- ~Chronic head ache
- ~Exacerbation on allergies/asthma
- ~Substance Abuse
- ~Weight Loss/gain
- ~Decreases sex drive
- ~Irritable bowel syndrome exacerbation
- ~Anxiety disorder
- ~High blood pressure
- ~Increased stroke risk
- ~Increased heart attack risk
- ~Crohn’s disease exacerbation
To learn more about the effects stress has on your body, check out my other article:
Some Great Tips For Fighting Stress:
1. Get plenty of rest. Make a point to get the amount of sleep that makes you feel the most rested.
2. Get organized- Clutter can create an immense amount of stress for even the most calm hearted.
3. Eat better. Healthier foods can reduce brain chemical imbalances.
4. Get some exercise. It has been well documented that cardio and aerobic exercise both reduce stress. Yoga and Pilates have powerful benefits as well.
5. Take breaks. Getting your work done is important but at least a 15 minute break between 90 minute sessions can be very beneficial, and increase your efficiency.
6. Talk. Make sure you have someone you can talk to about the stressers in your life. Allow each other to blow off steam in a casual setting. Then focus on the positives of the day/moment.