Do you think today’s stress statistics are a comfortable read? Well, not at all. In any case, they are astonishing. As stress controls us in our modern lives, we seem to push on relentlessly until signs of burnout stare us in the face. Only then do we notice.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, here are some stress stats to give you a reality check:
- Stress and anxiety are estimated to affect more than 19 million Americans and are growing.
- 33% of Americans suffer from burnout, presumably due to stress at work.
- The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, giving their stress statistics, predicts that depression (which is one of the many effects of stress) is a leading cause of workplace absenteeism.
- About 70% of employees are unhappy in their current job due to work-related stress.
- Workplace accidents directly related to stress are increasing exponentially every year.
- Each year, more than $290 billion is spent in the U.S. economy on compensation claims due to job stress, health insurance, low productivity, and disability.
The American Institute of Stress and The American Psychological Association also show some other related stress statistics. For example:
- Stress levels are strongly influenced by work in 62% of Americans.
- Money is believed to contribute significantly to the stress experienced by 73% of Americans.
- 66% of Americans would seriously welcome help dealing with stress in their lives.
- Stress is not just reserved for adults. Every year more and more children and teenagers are affected by stress.
- One factor contributing to the increasing levels of substance abuse among teens is related to their perception of their stress levels.
While the stress statistics speak volumes, we also need to know the effects of stress on us as individuals.
There are many consequences of stress, but the most important ones to remember are:
- Your relationships will suffer.
- Hypertension develops more quickly if you suffer from chronic stress
- You could have a heart attack.
- Stroke is another big danger.
- Stressed people are more likely to have psychological problems such as anxiety and depression.
It’s easy to play the ostrich and bury your head in the sand, hoping the problem will go away. No, it won’t!
Stress only goes away if you do something about it. Don’t become another statistic. Those stress stats mentioned above are far too worrying enough.
Act today so we can improve our health and the overall health of the nation.
Learn to recognize the signs of stress here and now with our resource guide and start doing something about it today.