Friday, March 8, 2013

Why Stress is Dangerous to Your Health

Stress can be attributed to a lot of factors; these may include pressure from work or lack of it, family and friend pressure, personality problems among others. It is then important that we know what causes our stress and address it appropriately, so, we won't experience any stress - related illnesses.

According to 2010 American Psychological Association's "Stress in America," stress' effects lead to

  •  Headache 
  • Muscle tension or pain 
  • Chest pain 
  • Fatigue 
  • Change in sex drive 
  • Stomach upset 
  • Sleep problems 
  • Anxiety 
  • Restlessness 
  • Lack of motivation or focus 
  • Irritability or anger 
  • Sadness or depression
  •  Overeating or undereating 
  • Angry outbursts 
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  •  Tobacco use 
  • Social withdrawal 
So, it is then important that we find ways to extinguish stress and these can be any of the following:

  • indoor activities like playing bingo, chess, card games among others 
  • outdoor activities like swimming, skiing, basketball, running, horseback riding
  • dancing
  • Yoga
  • massage
  • novel reading
  • spa 
  • sauna
  • and any other activity that would clear your mind and help you relax
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), stress is considered as a hazard of a workplace and the American industry costs $300 billion annually for facilities and treatment.

So, address your stress well and live a healthy and longer life.


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