Let’s Help Each Other Cope With Stress
Jul 11, 2014, 12:04 PM, Posted by Risa Lavizzo-Mourey
Just about everybody experiences stress, to a greater or lesser degree. The bad news: Too many of us fall into the "greater" category.
Lavizzo-Mourey cites the results of a recent NPR/RWJF/Harvard School of Public Health poll, which shows:
- One in four said they experienced a great deal of stress in the previous month.
- Almost half reported a major stressful event or experience within the past year.
- Seventy-four percent said stress affected their health.
- Forty-three percent said that a health concern is a leading cause of their stress.
- Eighty percent of people in poor health reported that their health problems raised their level of stress.
If we are to make progress in building a Culture of Health, we need to acknowledge the deleterious role of stress in Americans' lives and health—and everybody needs to be at the table.
"This is clearly an area where health care providers, communities, and employers can help," Lavizzo-Mourey writes.