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Unformatted text preview: WELCOA 2007 WELLNESS COUNCILS OF AMERICA | WWW.WELCOA.ORG ABSOLUTE ADVANTAGE | 31 Stressed L e s s One of The Nation's Leading Experts Shares Important Insight On Minimizing Personal Stress By David Hunnicutt, PhD S tress is a big issue in the U.S. In fact, its everywhere. It dogs us at work. It plagues us at home. It travels with us on the road. It shares our relationships. Ironically, it even sleeps with us. In fact, the more I read about the issue, the more sensitive I become to how pervasive it really is. And Im not the only one who is coming to this important conclusion. Indeed, according to the findings of a recent NIOSH Report: 40% of workers reported their job was very or } extremely stressful; 25% view their jobs as the number one stressor in their lives; Some 75% of employees believe that workers have } more on-the-job stress than a generation ago; 29% of workers felt quite a bit or extremely } stressed at work; 26 percent of workers said they were often or } very often burned out or stressed by their work. If thats not enough, the 2000 annual Attitudes In The American Workplace VI Gallup Poll sponsored by the Marlin Company reported that 80% of workers feel stress on the job. Frighteningly, 25% have felt like screaming or shouting because of job stress; and 14% of respondents had felt like striking a coworker in the past year, but didnt. Stress As A Precursor To Illness With stacks of research to support it, researchers have found that the consequences of stress in the U.S. have become very real. According to the latest estimates, experts tell us that 80% of all disease may actually be stress-related. In my world, 80% is a very big number, especially in a country where more than $2 trillion is spent on health care services. When it comes to who stays healthy and who gets sick in the U.S., stress may very well be the #1 factor. Heres A Stress Ball? But heres what I find most interesting about all this. In a country where the vast majority of people seriously struggle with stress and 80% of all disease is said to be stress-related, the recommendations for combatting stress are way too simplistic. For example, who hasnt read an article entitled something like, "The 60 Second Stress Buster? Or, worse yet, who hasnt experienced the absurdity of being on the receiving end of something like a stress ball....
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This note was uploaded on 10/24/2011 for the course HLTH 100 taught by Professor Jeleciamiller during the Fall '11 term at Emory.
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