We worry and we stress……even though we know it isn’t good for us. A recent study in the journal “Nueron“ points out how stress negatively affects our health and our behavior.
Time Magazine put together an infographic to highlight the dangers of untreated stress. Among the key statistics:
- 72 percent of adults feel stressed about money at least some of the time;
- 42 percent say they’re not doing enough to manage stress; and
- 41 percent say they’ve lost patience or yelled at a partner due to stress.
“Stress can wreak havoc on the body in ways we might not expect. More than 40 percent of Americans recognize they have this problem, but admit they are not doing enough to manage their stress levels. The consequences of neglecting the body’s signs of stress could lead to all kinds of health problems, including panic attacks, high blood pressure, an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, as well as erectile dysfunction, low libido, and loss of self-control.“
- Take breaks at work.
- Be realistic about what can be accomplished.
- Use deep breathing exercises to relax muscles.
- Find ways to make the work day more enjoyable.
- Try to allow down time away from work.
- Make time to eat right, exercise and sleep.
- And embrace the little things such as talking and laughing with friends.
Do you have suggestions to help battle the negative health outcomes of stress? Let us know what they are. They could be key to helping us in our vision to make Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!