March 10, 2011
Is Stress Dangerous?
Eighty-four percent of women say the current economic climate is their primary stress factor, according to a recent APA survey. Other factors include job stability, family health problems and housing costs.
All that stress can lead to anger and health issues such as serious narrowing of the heart vessels, suggests the Chopra Center. “Learning to manage your inner tyrant will benefit you, your heart, and the people in your life.”
Here’s how to reduce stress:
Develop a sense of detachment. The Mayo Clinic reports on the benefits of focusing on bigger things: your personal goals and remembering you're part of a greater
whole versus dwelling on the negative. They also suggest nurturing your relationships with others when seeking stress relief.
Early signs of stress can include sleep disorders, low morale, depression, short temper and anxiety. These can affect your job and personal life, says WebMD. Measure your stress levels regularly by taking this survey.
Bonus PINK Link: Job stress? Find out how to feel refreshed, recharged and refocused at work in our online exclusive.
Minute Mentor: Pfizer's Karen Boykin-Towns shares advice on life balance and the importance of forgiving yourself.
By Muriel Vega
"Keeping busy and making optimism a way of
life can restore your faith in yourself." Lucille Ball