“42% of Americans don’t know how to manage stress and one of the major reasons of stress related illnesses are due to work related issues.”
This 7 minute read is to find out if stress could be killing you without you realizing it’s harmful effects however its not all bad news…read on to find out why.
Stress reactions happen when the body’s “fight or flight” response is triggered causing the heart rate to increase. Your nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol, which rouse the body for emergency action.
The constant onset of this reaction causes long-term strain on the body that can lead to anxiety. Extreme stress can lead to heart disease, obesity and depression.
According to the American Psychological Association, 42% of Americans don’t know what to do to manage stress. A very big percentage of the main cause of stress related illnesses are usually work related issues, yet making a living is something we need to do so that’s not something we can easily avoid.
Therefore it’s important to work on simple strategies on how to handle daily stress.
Unlike animals, whose response to danger subsides once the threat is gone, humans have the capacity to recall the trauma which causes fear and anxiety for the future, says Steven Southwick, co-author of “Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges” and professor of psychiatry, post-traumatic stress disorder and resilience at the Yale Medical School and the Yale Child Study Center. “
We can keep ourselves stressed 24/7, and unfortunately, stress can cause all sorts of problems even injuring the very part of the brain that turns off the stress response, Southwick says.
DOES STRESS CAUSES HEART DISEASE?
Unfortunately , continued stress contributes to the biggest killer in the US which is heart disease and is responsible for 614,348 death as of October 2016. More details can be found here from research conducted by the American Heart Organisation showing shocking statistics.
Today’s tech-driven world is spinning faster and we need to learn to live with stress. Managing and dealing with it is fundamental to our health and well being.
While “zooped up” smart phones loaded with apps receiving constant intermittent text alerts will keep us on a fast pace lifestyle, there’s a great guide to simplify and manage stress with quick and effective strategies that allows you to feel in control.
It is interesting to note that according Manchester Business School’s Professor Sir Cary Cooper, around 40% of people checks their email first thing and last thing each day. This shows that staying connected is a must for most people thus allowing work pressures into the home environment.
ARE YOU HOOKED ON SCREEN?
We all are! Be aware that the blue light from LED that power the screens can disturb the body’s production of melatonin that regulates sleep cycles.
Lack of sleep limits our ability to handle stress so without a conscious decision to act, it becomes a self perpetuating downward cycle.
Thankfully stress is manageable and A LITTLE STRESS CAN BE GOOD but it’s up to you to control it. Stress helps us perform better. Ask any successful athlete or fitness trainer and they will agree.
There are many ways to deal with stress and simple techniques practised frequently can really help. If you’re feeling stressed, and would like to help yourself out of the grind, you can start today.
Getting a good night sleep, exercising and listening to our body’s cues that we need to slow down are all ways you can help manage your stress but don’t miss this really great resource that will definitely make a change if you take action.