What would you do if you knew there was a condition going around your neighbourhood that was thought by experts to contribute to over ¾ of all trips to the doctor?1
Would you do nothing and hope that you are lucky enough to avoid it, or would you try to learn about this ‘epidemic’ so you could protect your health and wellbeing?
While it’s sometimes nice to feel like a part of the crowd, it’s unlikely you’d choose to simply stick your head in the sand. In fact, if you are reading this we can already tell that you’re no ostrich!
It’s not a stretch to consider stress as a health issue of epidemic proportion.
The American Psychological Association recently reported that seven out of ten people surveyed viewed stress to have a significant impact on their physical health. That’s more than two thirds of ALL respondents. In fact, a significant majority reported their stress levels to be rising while one in five people classed their stress levels as extreme.2 This is not just an American problem.
Some of the symptoms of stress that are most often reported worldwide are illustrated in the diagram above.
These are all symptoms of a body living in a subconscious state of red alert, and are just the tip of a concerning iceberg.
Spending too much time in this state can seriously compromise your health, vitality and wellbeing.1 The American Institute of Stress. (n.d). America’s #1 Health Problem
2 The American Psychological Association (2012). Impact of Stress Report