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Wed Jan 30, 2019, 03:58 PM

The Real Cost of Stress and Ways To Ease The Pain

This article is an oldie but a goodie. A few years ago, I began to notice some major changes in my physical health. Long story short, my doctor attributed the symptoms to stress. Some of the tips in the article may seem trite and over used. However, making small simple steps have really helped to improve my quality of life.



The Real Cost...of Stress


Got stress? Learn how it affects your financial and emotional bottom line, as well as ways to ease the pain.

By Teri Cettina May 11, 2015

Stress. Now there’s a condition we’re all too familiar with. More than a third of American employees are chronically stressed about work, according to a recent study from the American Psychological Association. And another study out of Penn State indicates that women are even more stressed at home than at work. In addition to making us feel personally awful, stress is incredibly damaging and expensive for the workplace overall: Stress-related absenteeism, lost productivity, legal and insurance fees, and employee turnover cost U.S. companies more than $300 billion per year. Working Mother has long worked to promote family-friendly workplace policies that experts agree can help ease working parents’ anxieties, but many businesses just aren’t there yet. Meanwhile, here’s what stress may be costing you—in dollars and more—and ways you can lower your bill.

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De-stressors:
“Extreme self-care is the key,” Dr. Ackrill suggests. How to do it?
Prioritize sleep. “Five days of five hours or less sleep impairs you as much as someone with a blood alcohol level of 0.1 (noticeably intoxicated),” she says.
Keep healthy snacks (protein, fruits and veggies) in your desk, and eat regularly to help rebuild your overtaxed brain and body.
Get regular exercise and make time to connect with friends and family.


Full article here: https://www.workingmother.com/content/real-costof-stress

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