It’s not just a word…it’s REAL.
This should come as no surprise to you, but every day we come into contact with people, places and things that stress us out. Stress is not some media concept developed in Hollywood. Stress is very real, and often goes undetected until we develop some malady than can’t be medically diagnosed or until we are discovered curled up in a corner, sucking our thumb.
From family relationships, to work and career worries and overloads, to the rising demand to multi-task and communicate via new and improved technology and, ultimately, to facing serious concerns about the security of our financial future and whether or not we will live long enough to enjoy it all, we spend more time experiencing and talking about stress, than finding defining ways to deal with it.
Whew! It’s no wonder that, according to the American Psychological Association (APA), one-third of Americans are living with extreme stress and nearly half of Americans believe that their stress has increased over the past five years. Stress is taking a measurable toll on people- contributing to health problems, poor relationships and lost productivity at work