The negative impact of stress is being felt now more than ever. Both local and global issues are affecting nearly everyone. In 2020 especially, many people say they’re stressed. In fact, a recent survey report from the Washington Post which polled citizens about their stress levels found that their stress levels are currently higher than the 2009 economic recession!
There are measurable individual and collective reasons for all of our stress during a health crisis inclusive of uncertainty, fear for our loved ones, isolation, financial losses or furlough, and possible related sickness or compromised immunity.
The current situation involving Coronavirus has made things more challenging.
There are also pressures related to working from home, coordinating childcare and education, managing a household, exercising safely, and maintaining social connections via technology.
The bottom line is this: in a time where we’re experiencing heightened circumstances that affect our stress levels, how will our health suffer accordingly outside of immediate illnesses we’re trying to avoid and what can we do about it?
According to Harvard Health Publishing, “The United States spends the most money on healthcare, and yet still has one of the lowest life expectancies of all developed nations.”
While there are tips for managing our workload and sheltering in place effectively, in this time, it’s the feelings of panic and fear alongside this that have a serious lasting impact on a multifaceted level. Managing your health in dynamic ways can make a significant difference to how you respond overall, especially in relation to understanding the wider-reaching health implications of not caring for yourself according to the pillars of emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual health.
You can learn more about holistic health with this infographic from Study Medicine Europe on ‘The Negative Impact of Stress’. They designed this graphic to promote health and support individuals as well as their communities with accessible, accurate information about this issue that affects all of us at some point.
In addition to providing data and statistics about the physiological impacts of stress, you’ll learn about the long-term risk factors of stress for other conditions and it offers starting prompts for managing issues like this in your life.
To thrive now and into the future, the explanations here are provided to help you pursue better health
and empowered all-round wellbeing.
- Mindfulness Kindness Meditation – A Beginner’s Guide
- Forgiveness is Good for Stress, Anxiety, and Mental Health
- How to Have a Stress-free First Flight
The Negative Impact Of Stress Infographic
You might not be able to completely avoid stress, but there are things you can do to effectively manage your stress. In fact, meditation and mindfulness practices can go a long way to help you do that, as can creating daily habits like journaling, working out regularly and reading.
To give you a head start (and help manage your stress levels especially during these unprecedented times), check out these articles. They can help:
- The 3 Types of Meditation (Tutorials included)
- 5 Tips On Being Decisive
- How To Take Care Of Your Mental Health – 10 Tips For Better Mental Health
- 25 Effective Ways to Overcome Your Fears
- Reconnecting After Coronavirus – How Cities Can Counter Anxiety and Loneliness
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