The Stress Epidemic
You are not alone in experiencing the terrible impact stress is having on our physical health, mental well-being and personal relationships.
The statistics show 24% of adults now categorize their stress levels as severe – and over half report moderate to high (5 or more on a scale of 10).
Family practitioners report that 66% of all doctor visits are for stress related symptoms such as headache, neck pain, irritable bowel syndrome, loss of libido, fatigue, sleeplessness, and even infertility.
Stress is more regularly being recognized as a direct precursor to serious medical consequences such as heart disease and certain cancers.
People suffering from chronic stress may have difficulty attaining calm without the use of prescriptive medications, distractions (such as shopping and eating) or addictions.
You know this – Stress can cause:
- Poor sleep
- Lack of exercise
BUT DID YOU KNOW THIS? Stress can also cause:
- An inability to plan realistically
- Difficulty in communicating about feelings and emotions
The statistics on how we respond to stress:
Scream, cry, hair on fire
Feel aggression - 45%
Fatigue - 43%
Apathy - 40%
Anxiety - 35%
Want to cry - 32%
Depression - 34%
Headache - 34%
Indigestion - 27%
Muscle tension - 24%
Appetite Change - 20%
Chest pain - 13%
Teeth grinding - 13%
Faint - 9%
Reduced sex drive - 11%