Health: How Stress Can Affect Your Life. Destress – Infographic

This infographic provides a deeper look into stress and how it can affect your life.

– Stress in the US has increased 30% over the last three decades.
– 35% of American workers are CHRONICALLY stressed this year

Source:, Best Therapy Schools

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Is Stress Killing You?

General Stats

– Stress in the US has increased 30% over the last three decades.
– 35% of American workers are CHRONICALLY stressed this year

Women are more stressed out at work than men

– They’re likelier to feel tense over the course of an average workday, and likelier to feel as if their employer doesn’t appreciate them. Finally, 38% of women say they aren’t paid adequately for their work, compared to just 27% of men.

Top reasons people are stressed

– 1 – Job Pressure – Co-Worker Tension, Bosses, Work Overload
– 2 – Money – Loss of Job, Reduced Retirement, Medical Expenses
– 3 – Health – Health Crisis, Terminal or Chronic Illness
– 4 – Relationships – Divorce, Death of Spouse, Arguments with Friends, Loneliness
– 5 – Poor Nutrition – Inadequate Nutrition, Caffeine, Processed Foods, Refined Sugars
– 6 – Media Overload – Television, Radio, Internet, E-Mail, Social Networking
– 7 – Sleep Deprivation – Inability to release adrenaline and other stress hormones

People who cited physical symptoms experienced the following

– Fatigue – 51%
– Headache – 44%
– Upset stomach – 34%
– Muscle tension – 30%
– Change in appetite – 23%
– Teeth grinding – 17%
– Change in sex drive – 15%
– Feeling dizzy – 13%

And Dying doesn’t convince you to destress, do it for your kids

– Studies show that kids catch your stress
– Parental stress (both mothers and fathers) when children are young (infants to toddler aged) has been found to change children’s DNA by the time they became teenagers
– the number of parent stressors has been directly linked to childhood obesity
– Impact of Prolonged exposure to Cortisol on Young Minds
– Toxic stress can impair the connection of brain circuits and lead to the development of a smaller brain.
– Children can become overly reactive to adverse experiences throughout their lives, developing a low stress threshold.
– High levels of stress hormones can suppress the body’s immune response, leading to chronic health problems.
– Sustained high levels of certain stress hormones can damage areas of the brain important for learning and memory.

How you can decrease stress

– Guided Imagery
– Journaling
– Self-Hypnosis
– Exercise
– Yoga
– Listening to Music
– Breathing Exercises
– Meditation
– Sex
– Other Techniques


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