Everyone experiences stress. It's a part of life. Stress is the body's way of preparing for a difficult situation with alertness. In small doses stress can be beneficial and can help you thrive. Both sometimes life's demands exceed your ability to cope, and stress can become a threat to both your emotional and physical health.
Quick Facts About Stress
- 75% of the general population experiences at least "some stress" every two weeks. (National Health Interview Survey).
- Almost nine out of 10 adults have experienced serious stress. More than four out of 10 adults suffer adverse health effects from stress, and some estimates suggest that 75% to 90% of all physician visits are for stress-related complaints.
- The effects of stress may lead to actual medical illnesses, including heart problems, stomach problems, high blood pressure and headaches. Stress affects the immune system, which protects us from many serious diseases. It also contributes to the development of alcoholism, obesity, suicide, drug and cigarette addiction, and other harmful behaviors. Stress speeds up the aging process, memory loss, hair loss, and can lead to an increase in body weight or the building of more fat.
- An estimated $300 billion, or $7,500 per staff, is spent annually in the United States on stress-related compensation claims, reduced productivity, absenteeism, health insurance costs, direct medical expenses (nearly 50% higher for workers who report stress), and staff turnover.
How use physical activity to work out your stress for you?
- Choose an activity you enjoy, whether it’s playing tennis, hiking in the woods or biking with your kids and friends.
- Make it an activity that helps you achieve a “here an now” state of mind.
- Consider adding lifestyle activities, too, such as building or painting something, gardening or push-mowing the lawn.
- When time is tight, a simple 10-minute walk can do wonders!
- Get going and “workout” your stress!