The Top Six Stressor Areas in Life: How to Recognize & Handle the Stress
Stress has been called America's number one health problem, and it is
estimated by the American Institute for Stress that 75 percent to 90 percent
of visits to the doctor are for stress-related problems.
How could this be?
The stress responses that once existed primarily to keep our bodies out
of harm's way (those "fight or flight" responses), and only
occurred at select instances in time, have now become persistent, pervasive
and an incessant part of daily life.
Feel trapped by too much stress? You're not alone--up to 90 percent
of doctor visits may be due to stress-related illness.
While a little bit of stress can be good for you, over time stress will
weaken your body's ability to heal itself and more. Stress has been linked
to everything from heart disease, cancer and depression to autoimmune
diseases and reproductive problems--in short, it's been linked to most
According to Dr. Esther Sternberg, director of the Integrative Neural
Immune Program at NIH's National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), "The
objective should be not to get rid of stress completely because you can't
get rid of stress--stress is life, life is stress. Rather, you need to
be able to use your stress response optimally." To do this, it's
important to recognize the top six areas in life that cause us stress
... these are the same six areas that the Sixwise.com e-newsletter
is devoted to providing you expert solutions for!
Relationships. If things aren't right with your interpersonal
relationships, whether it's with your spouse, children, parents, etc.,
stress will be free to flourish and wreak havoc on your body.
According to Pat Swan, M.S., CMFT, a marriage and family therapist, "More
than 90 percent of my clients suffering from depression, anxiety or other
mental illnesses have one primary complaint--relationship problems at
work or at home."
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In fact, John Gottman, a psychologist at the University of Washington
in Seattle, goes so far as to say that, "Working
briefly on your marriage every day will do more for your health and longevity
than working out at a health club." He also says that problems
in a marriage may increase your risk of getting sick by 35 percent and
reduce your life expectancy by four years. For singles, stress can be
created during the search for a significant other.
Finances. According to Baptist Memorial Health Care, financial
problems can lead to depression and are the number one problem for married
couples, plus a major cause of divorce. Facing economical difficulties
can shake up your need for security and even leave you scared about how
you will survive.
In a study by Ohio State University's Comprehensive Cancer Center, women
with breast cancer were more likely to be depressed if they were also
having financial difficulties. Money-related stress was even more likely
to be linked to depressive symptoms than the recent death or illness of
a loved one.
Health. Stress can certainly lead to health problems, but the
converse also holds true: Health problems can be a major source of stress
in your life. First there is the physical aspect of dealing with a disease,
but on top of that the illness may take a toll on your relationships and
finances. Plus, when your body isn't feeling its best, you'll have a harder
time dealing with the stress that's created.
Health care itself is another major stressor. According to a survey of
over 2,000 people by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation in partnership
with the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Harvard
School of Public Health, 48 percent of respondents said they were concerned
about the safety of medical care for themselves and their families. Further,
55 percent said they were not satisfied with health care in the United
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Career. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center reported some
startling statistics about job stress:
One-fourth of employees view their jobs as the number one stressor
in their lives.
Three-fourths of employees believe the worker has more on-the-job
stress than a generation ago.
Problems at work are more strongly associated with health complaints
than are any other life stressor--more so than even financial problems
or family problems.
Job stress can result from an
emotionally abusive work environment, unrealistic job demands, too
much work for one employee or simply trying to perform a job that's not
right for you.
Safety. Personal safety, for you and your family, is a source
of stress that faces us in all environments (home, work, commuting, travel
and other public places) and at all times throughout the day.
In recent years, new and unprecedented worries have surfaced for Americans
concerned with personal safety, including mad cow disease, homeland security
and terrorism, violence
in the workplace and at schools, biological warfare, genetically modified
foods, and safety of prescription drugs, to name a few.
Home. Though your home is supposed to be your haven, home life,
from housework to yardwork and other chores, can be downright stressful.
On top of that, rising property taxes and home improvement needs can put
an added stress on your finances and your relationships.
If you don't yet own a home, that doesn't let you off the hook: Looking
for and buying a home has been called one of the most stressful life events
you'll encounter--right on par with other major life events like
career change, illness or divorce. Those of you in apartments and other
living arrangements also have the added stresses of dealing with a landlord
and potential roommates.
Financial difficulties are the #1 problem for married couples,
and a major cause for divorce.
Eight Key Solutions to Dramatically Reduce Stress in Your Life
Before the above words get you thinking about all the stress in your
life, keep reading. Here are some tips that will help you feel calm, more
peaceful, and maybe even ... stress-free.
Stop and "do nothing." (Give yourself a chance to calm
Take a deep breath.
Make sure you're eating healthy.
Meditate, do yoga or perform another relaxation ritual like prayer
Lie down and rest for a few minutes (it's refreshing!).
Stretch! (Simple stretching can really do wonders.) Learn
about the top-recommend "Stretching for a Healthy Life DVD"
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Get enough sleep.
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