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As a professional stress management speaker and coach, my passion is to share stress information, to help people develop better stress coping, in specific, and often easy, ways. And this month is National Stress Awareness Month! So please jot down any stress questions that come to mind as I share today. And then either email me or pop the questions into the comment section, below.
You probably know very well when you are stressed. There are lots of symptoms that tell us we are stressed: fatigue, irritability, forgetfulness, high blood pressure, high heart rate, digestive tightness, overreacting, headaches, back pain, insomnia, and even a weakened immune system. In Japan, there is even a word for death from overwork. That’s really bad stress! Short of killing yourself with commitments, what symptoms do you experience? What stress reactions would you like to be done with?
The American Psychological Association has been taking an annual survey of how stressed we are in the U.S. They call it “Stress In America: Paying With Our Health”. People were asked to rate their stress on a scale of 1 to 10. Since 2007, when the APA began the Stress In America survey, money has consistently been the top source of stress. For 2014, APA found:
More women than men say that their stress has increased in the past year (32 percent vs. 25 percent).
Far more women than men say they have lain awake at night in the past month due to stress (51 percent vs. 32 percent of men).
Women are more likely than men to say they felt a sense of loneliness or isolation in the past month due to stress (29 percent vs. 19 percent of men).
Millennials are more likely than other generations to say their stress has increased in the past year (36 percent vs. 24 percent of boomers and 19 percent of matures).
Millennials are more likely than any other generation to say they have felt a sense of loneliness or isolation due to stress in the past month (34 percent vs. 24 percent of Gen Xers, 21 percent of boomers and 12 percent of matures).
More parents than nonparents say they are not doing enough to manage their stress (31 percent vs. 20 percent).
Parents are more likely than nonparents to report engaging in unhealthy stress management techniques, such as drinking alcohol (18 percent vs. 12 percent) and smoking (17 percent vs. 10 percent).
So on a scale of 1 to 10, how stressed would you say you are? Do you think you’re doing enough about it? Would you like to know more about stress and how to handle it differently?
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- Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert and award-winning author. She also is an ordained minister and has a natural healing practice. Among her books are: Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br),and Peace Within: Your Peaceful Inner Core, Second Edition. Her newest book is Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine. Sacred Meditation and Peace Within are available through her office. Just email SacredMeditation@kebba.com.
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