Facts and Tips about Stress

Stress: It is estimated that 13.5 million working days a year are lost as a result of stress. In Britain, it is estimated that one in six workers suffers with stress and those same people underperform at work by more than 30 per cent

Under Pressure: In a survey of 2,372 people, 99 per cent admitted feeling stressed out at some point every day. The survey found one in four people felt stressed for up to 30 minutes a day. Plus, because of stress, 49 per cent said they gained weight and 42 percent reported relationship trouble. It seems those in their thirties are worst affected, as they are fraught with anxiety about heavy workloads, job security, childcare and fear of failure.

Everyday Stress: The strains of modern day living, hectic lifestyles and the pressures of juggling a demanding job, social and family life are virtually unavoidable. Because everyday stress and strains increase the body’s nutritional requirements, the daily diet should include B vitamins, Vitamin C and certain amino acids to ensure that the body gets the nutrients it needs to respond appropriately. Where the diet may be lacking, a supplement can safeguard the dietary intake of these important nutrients. B vitamins help your body respond to demanding situations and vitamin C is required for the production of adrenaline.

Emotional Stress: Find a quite corner somewhere, sit down and count ten breaths – in and out counts as one. They don’t have to be big, deep breaths, just even and regular. Usually after about six or seven breaths you lose count and feel quite different. Your pulse rate slows down, your mind calms itself and your awareness comes back to your body. The problem may have even gone away, if not you will be much better placed to deal with it.

Effects of Stress on Companies: Stress cost industry over $150 billion a year in the US alone – through absenteeism and reduced levels of performance by those who are physically present but mentally absent. In the UK, as much as 60 per cent of all absenteeism is believed to be caused by stress related disorders. Anything that can reduce the damaging effects of stress makes workers happier and companies richer.

Emotion Signs of Stress: can include general irritability, acute anxiety attacks, depression, lack of libido, loss of a sense of humour, and an inability to concentrate on the simplest of routine task. Some of the most common indications of stress are: Becoming unnecessarily over-emotional or aggressive in conflict situations; Lost of interest in personal appearance, other people, social events, or previously enjoyed activities; Poor concentration, difficulty in remembering and an inability to make decisions; Sadness, guilt, fatigue, apathy and a pronounced feeling of helplessness or failure; Loss of confidence in personal ability, often coupled with lack of self-worth.

Stress brought on by dieting: is added to the personal and work life stresses that we face every day, often resulting in a "vicious cycle" of increased stress and increased food intake. Here are some things you can do: Tell yourself you'll wait 10 to 30, minutes to eat. Chances are good if your cravings are only stress-related they'll disappear when you allow yourself to become distracted; Keep a food journal of what you eat each day. Knowing you have to write down every

snack or nibble can be a good way to remind yourself to think before eating. Keep yourself nourished. Eat regular, healthy snacks to maintain your energy level. Skipping meals while under stress only prompts you to eat more, and unhealthily, when you do get around to eating; physically remove tempting food items from your home or office. Never go shopping while hungry and always make a list of food items prior to shopping; bring home only what you feel good about eating.

Clive Harman has more facts on herbal remedies here: http://www.booksabouthealth.info/ stressfacts.html

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