America Is Stressed The F*CK OUT!

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Whether you’re in corporate America, an entrepreneur, a stay-at-home Dad (or Mom) or a student, you probably rarely recognize the extent of your own stress level. Though stress-levels and stressors have increased over the last two decades, most people have simply gone on with life. Society at large seems to have become desensitized to the pressures of life. But is this a good thing? Isn’t it a part of American grit and her work ethic to acclimate ourselves to new and changing demands of life? Miami-based psychotherapist and lifestyle coach Melinda DeSeta, the owner of Insight Counseling Center says “No!” 

Today we’re talking workplace stress. Can it be defined? We hear a lot about stress, but what is it? As stated by the Canadian Mental Health Association:

“Stress is a reaction to a situation – it isn’t about the actual situation. We usually feel stressed when we think that the demands of the situation are greater than our resources to deal with that situation. For example, someone who feels comfortable speaking in public may not worry about giving a presentation, while someone who isn’t confident in their skills may feel a lot of stress about an upcoming presentation. Common sources of stress may include major life events, like moving or changing jobs. Long-term worries, like a long-term illness or parenting, can also feel stressful. Even daily hassles like dealing with traffic can be a source of stress.”

From: “Stress”, Canadian Mental Health Association, 2018

Numerous studies show that job stress is far and away the major source of stress for American adults and that it has escalated progressively over the past few decades.  Increased levels of job stress as assessed by the perception of having little control but lots of demands have been demonstrated to be associated with increased rates of heart attack, hypertension, and other disorders.  In New York, Los Angels and other municipalities, the relationship between job stress and heart attacks is so well acknowledged, that any police officer who suffers a coronary event on or off the job is assumed to have a work-related injury and is compensated accordingly (including heart attack sustained while fishing on vacation or gambling in Las Vegas).

Check these stats out:

80% of workers feel stress on the job, nearly half say they need help in learning how to manage stress and 42% say their coworkers need such help

25% have felt like screaming or shouting because of job stress, 10% are concerned about an individual at work they fear could become violent

14% of respondents had felt like striking a coworker in the past year, but didn’t

9% are aware of an assault or violent act in their workplace and 18% had experienced some sort of threat or verbal intimidation in the past year

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