Stress Adds to Health Risks

StressStress is something most people are familiar with at least on some level according to professionals. Now information is leading researchers to believe that stress may be a bigger epidemic than some realize, and continuing research is showing that stress could be related to negative immune support and that it possibly adds serious health risks to individuals who suffer from stress on a long term basis.

StressSome people suffer from a little and some people a lot, depending on the particular lifestyle one chooses to live. There are many different reasons according to research on the subject, why some people handle it better than others. For example, a work from home mom with four children to take care of, and a deadline to meet can be a cause for a serious stress habit and according to researchers might be a perfect scenario for stress to take a toll on one’s immune system, making the person more susceptible to sickness. Also studies show people in the lower middle class may have higher stress levels compared to those directly suffering from poverty, citing they may have to work more to pay bills and living expenses and there are fewer programs available to help the person who is barely making his rent payment, as opposed to someone who is unable to at all. Studies are now showing how worry about whether or not people will be able to stay living in their homes and keep basic utilities running could be the leading cause of stress for many Americans.

Stress does not differentiate from the poor or the rich, and studies also show that being what some would call financially stable does not necessarily mean one is free from stress or out of its reach. From restaurant table bussers with college exams coming up, to celebrities in the spotlight of fame.

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We have seen public examples of celebs suffering from stress, they make front pages with stories of drug abuse and alcoholic rages, then all too often their obituaries. What about the millions of regular people who don’t make the top story, or even any story for that matter. Stress adds to health risks for them as well. What can they do to ease some of their stress, and the frustrations that they might endure? Even kids in school from all levels report having stress. Some studies being done are showing there may be a connection between stress and kids having too many tasks to manage at one time and possibly not getting the rest they need to rejuvenate their brains to allow them to get the most out of their studies. There are some reports that show after studying long hours to complete report projects, some students stated that they can “hardly remember” any of the information that was just reported. Sometimes even the title of the project can be forgotten as soon as a few hours after completing it. A situation like this would suggest to some that even the learning process can be interrupted by stress.

Some note that children at the elementary school level seem to be more prone to getting sick. Studies are investigating whether or not stress could be a factor, and whether it could be from the amount of schoolwork and homework that kids are required to do.

There are many self-help books written with exercises people can do to try and reduce stress levels. Breathing exercises have shown to be very helpful to some. Many professionals cannot overemphasize the fact that people really just need to make time to shut their system down once a day. Rest is the key to reducing some of the physical side effects of stress according to some professionals. Often people who try to run on two or three hours of sleep per night, might be increasing their stress level to the point where it adds serious health risks to the person including possible heart attacks for unhealthier people who are used to operating with these high stress levels. Rest and hydration are key, according to experts. Additionally it may be helpful to quote one of the self-help gurus himself, Doctor Wayne Dyer has stated that rule #1 is do not sweat the small stuff, and rule #2…..It’s all small stuff.

Opinion By Aaron Thompson

Sources:

Harvard edu.
Medical News Today
American Institute of Stress

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