Workplace stress continues to grow.
According to experts at the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health who are dedicated to studying stress:
• Stress is linked to physical and mental health, as well as decreased willingness to take on new and creative endeavors.
• Job burnout experienced by 25% to 40% of U.S. workers is blamed on stress.
• More than ever before, employee stress is being recognized as a major drain on corporate productivity and competitiveness.
• Depression, only one type of stress reaction, is predicted to be the leading occupational disease of the 21st century, responsible for more days lost than any other single factor.
• $300 billion, or $7,500 per employee, is spent annually in the U.S. on stress-related compensation claims, reduced productivity, absenteeism, health insurance costs, direct medical expenses (nearly 50% higher for workers who report stress), and employee turnover. Numerous common health problems are linked to stress:
• The leading six causes of death in the U.S.: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, and suicide.
• Immune response and deficiency
• Memory loss
Ideally, stress management needs to begin when we're young so that we don't have battered, scarred trunks when we reach mid life and beyond. But, the reality is, most of us never consider stress as damaging... until it becomes too obvious and unmanageable. The good news about our amazing bodies is that once we identify the stressors and make some definite life style changes, we can often reverse a lot of the damage. The therapists at A Place for Growth are committed to helping their clients develop strategies that facilitate stress management, stress reduction and ultimately promote better health.