Do you experience stress in your life? Of course, you do. The real question is how much and how often? How does stress impact your life and what do you do to combat?
Some level of stress is positive, even healing; however, chronic stress is not only unhealthy, it is downright dangerous. Unfortunately, research shows that roughly 70% of us live in a chronic state of stress. WOW!!! We are a stressed-out nation. So stressed out, in fact that stress is now considered to be a national epidemic, especially with young adults between the age of 25 and 35.
So, what has us SO stressed out?! The usual suspects of course, such as work, health, finances, etc. But also, in recent history, we’ve been bombarded with breaking news alerts that trigger our primal fears of safety and survival. It seems that every week there is another mass shooting, terror attack or natural disaster. In addition to our emotional stress though, we all encounter physical and environmental stress in our lives. And one other, less obvious source of stress is our thinking, as negative, toxic thinking is linked to illness and disease.
Just how stressed are we? Following are just a few statistics in the United States of Stress 2019 Report:
- roughly one third surveyed report seeing a doctor for something stress related;
- 57% report being paralyzed by stress;
- 51% of females report not seeing their friends at all in an average week;
- 59% of baby boomers have never been diagnosed with a mental health issue, while 52% of GenXs have received such diagnosis;
- Over one third surveyed report work is a regular source of stress; 44% among GenXers;
- 52% report financial stress; and
- 47% take it out on themselves (especially females).
Stress costs individuals and businesses billions! For individuals, stress can manifest as loss of sleep, increased anxiety, digestive disorders, weight gain or loss, depressed immune system, irritability, fatigue, brain fog, poor satisfaction, lack of motivation, poor/decreased job performance and a host of other symptoms. For businesses, this translates to lower employee productivity and satisfaction, higher sick days and absenteeism, and decreased profits. Per Lance Secretan, employee dissatisfaction plummeted from 1997-2009 from 45% to 61% and is now about 80%!!! Much of this, in my opinion, is due to stress.
Fortunately, there are MANY effective ways to manage and decrease stress in our lives – IF ONLY we commit to incorporating them in our lives!! Here are a few of my favorites:
- Meditation, breathing
- Yoga, exercise
- Mental hygiene
- Plant adaptogens, CBD, diet
While some amount of stress in our lives is unavoidable, the negative impacts of stress are most definitely avoidable, manageable.
Sometimes, we just need a hand, a guide on the side, to help us get going, stay motivated to continue the practice, and implement strategies for lasting change. Most of my clients report an overwhelming amount of stress. Do you?
I can help. Please contact me for a free discovery session.