April is National Stress Awareness Month and most of us are experiencing increasing stress levels. We know we should reduce our level of stress, but it can seem too hard to do when we’re just trying to keep up with everything we have to do. We may even be aware of the stress statistics like:
- Chronic stress exacerbates health, communication and performance problems
- Employees with high stress have 46% higher health costs (JOEM 2009)
- 61% of the workforce is impacted by chronic stress, resulting in $300 billion of lost productivity (HERO).
We may even hear our inner voice whispering to change our ways or we may be the next statistic. It’s not surprising that Norman Anderson, CEO of the American Psychological Association said, “Stress could easily become our next public health crisis.” The APA’s Stress in America survey found that many Americans caught in a vicious cycle of managing stress in unhealthy ways, but lacking willpower and time to change.
I’m writing this on April 16th, National Stress Awareness Day, which is a day to focus on how stress is affecting our lives and to become pro-active about reducing our personal, family and work place stress.
There are simple, effective steps we can take, but first we have to be aware of how stress overload is affecting our attitude, relationships and health.
Next – HeartMath’s Stress Solutions