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“People are disturbed not by a thing, but by their perception of a thing.” –Epictetus

We all experience stress from time to time. Stress is not always a bad thing; in fact, minimal amounts of stress can be a motivating factor for some people! But if it is beginning to impact your relationships, it’s time to get your stress management on.

Chronic stress is a side-effect of everyday modern life. Though it may feel like everyone around you has it all together, statistics show that 77% of people regularly experience physical symptoms of stress and 73% regularly experience psychological symptoms caused by stress. We often feel overwhelmed and complain that there simply aren’t enough hours in the day. We live by our to-do lists.  We read self-help books and attempt to figure out how to manage stress on your own.

Guess what? It isn’t working.

In the US, an astonishing three out of four doctor visits are stress-related, and 60% of all human illness and disease can be attributed to stress. Chronic stress has long-lasting, sometimes fatal consequences. It’s hard on your immune system and your adrenal and other hormonal functions and can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure diabetes – even suicide.

In fact, the American Institute of Stress lists 50 symptoms of stress! Aside from the ones we’ve already talked about, you could expect to experience some of the following:

  • headaches
  • gastrointestinal distress
  • tremors
  • ringing in the ears
  • grinding teeth
  • allergies
  • changes in appetite
  • unexplained weight changes
  • fatigue
  • heart palpitations
  • insomnia
  • difficulty concentrating – or “brain fog”
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • anger/Irritability

 

Wowzie.   That is NO way to live!!

LifeWorks uses a creative, collaborative approach to build a stress management program that works for each individual  and addresses their unique lifestyle and stress issues. In addition to individual counseling, we utilize various techniques that have been proven to reduce stress, such as yoga therapy, meditation, and mindfulness to help ease those worries away.

 

Resources:

NIMH Stress Fact Sheet: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/stress/index.shtml

The American Institute of Stress: http://www.stress.org/stress-is-killing-you/

Stress at Work: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/99-101/