An Epidemic of Stress

If  You’re Living a Stress-Filled Existence, You Need  Stress Management

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“There is a hidden epidemic of stress in this country, and we’re going to go broke if we don’t figure out how to manage it,” says Dr. Michael Parkinson, head of the American College of Preventive Medicine.  In other words, stress management has to be an essential part of any wellness strategy.

We all seem to recognize this because we know that the list of symptoms linked to stress is a long one.  We can start with headache, back pain, insomnia, heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome.

When left “untreated”, we also know that stress weakens the immune system which can worsen existing chronic conditions like lupus, arthritis and asthma.  On the job injuries increase as stress makes workers more prone to injury.  (Interestingly, even office workers are more prone to injury when stressed.)

Higher levels of stress hormones are also linked to weight gain, which in turn raises the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Research done by Hewitt Associates concludes that 50% of workers who call in sick do so because of a stress-related disorder.  Workers suffering from chronic stress overload are away from their desks an average of 23 days, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

There is good news.  Stress Management can be achieved rather simply and inexpensively.

Call us today to find out how we can customize a program for you or for your employees- 516.827-0200.

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