Stress

  • 70 percent of all illnesses, physical and mental, are linked to stress (U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, 2000)

 

  • Job-related stress is a major contributing factor in a wide range of diseases and disorders

  • 83 percent of workers suffer from work-related stress (American Institute of Stress 2019)

  • US businesses lose up to $300 billion yearly as a result of workplace stress

  • Depression leads to $51 billion in costs due to absenteeism and $26 billion in treatment costs

  • Work-related stress causes 120,000 deaths and results in $190 billion in healthcare costs yearly.

  • Stress causes around one million workers to miss work every day

  • Workplace stress and associated mental ill-health is a fact that every employer and employee lives with on a daily basis

 

Effects of job stress:

Job stress carries a price tag in the US industry estimated at over $300 billion annually as a result of:

  •   Accidents

  •   Absenteeism

  •   Employee turnover

  •   Diminished productivity

  •   Direct medical, legal, and insurance costs

  • Workers compensation awards as well as tort and FELA judgements  

Understanding stress:

Stress is the way the body responds to a demand. It affects everyone. People under stress react with the fight or flight response. This is an ancient response based on fear, which prepares the body for potential danger. Stress can be life saving in some situations.

 

Yet, chronic stress, those same life-saving responses in your body can suppress immune, digestive, sleep, and reproductive systems, which may cause them to stop working normally. People under chronic stress are prone to more frequent and severe viral infections, such as the flu or common cold.  Stress affects the entire system and is produced in seconds; it increases blood pressure, heart rate, and respiratory frequency.

 

Basically, every cell in the body reacts to the increase in stress hormones that accompanies the fight or flight response, even if you’re not in real danger. When these changes are experienced on a daily basis, they act as seeds for diseases such as hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, stroke, digestive problems, anxiety, depression, and in the long term, immune problems and chronic diseases such as cancer.

One of the mind’s most marvelous qualities is that it can be transformed

Benefits of mindfulness meditation include:

  • Work environment becomes more team oriented, employees develop trust, feeling more engaged and invested in. This ensures better  employee retention and a decrease in stress levels and healthcare costs

  • An increased ability to relax, enhanced energy and enthusiasm for life, greater self-esteem, better concentration, and an ability to cope more effectively with stress at work and in other areas of daily life

  • Clear understanding of priorities improving productivity

  • Measurable changes in the regions of the brain involved in memory, learning and emotion

  • Encourages you to pay attention to your thoughts, your actions and your body. This helps develop clarity of thought and you begin to learn to respond to situations instead of reacting

  • Regular meditation practice positively affects every area of a person’s work and life

Participants learn mindfulness skills by:

  • Focusing on the breath 

  • Exploring and working with thoughts and emotions

 

  • Cultivating a nonjudgmental moment-to-moment awareness 

  • Understanding the challenges to mindfulness meditation 

  • Integrating mindfulness into everyday life

 

These skills improve mental, emotional, and physical health, and also form the basis for emotional intelligence: self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills

 

The benefits of meditation persist throughout the day. It helps you experience more peace and clarity in your life and this allows you to react differently to stress, breaking old habits and response patterns.

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"There is always a light within us that is free from all sorrow and grief,

no matter how much we may be experiencing suffering." - Patanjali

Source: Lea Winerman, By the numbers: Our stressed-out nation December 2017, American Psychological Association, https://www.apa.org/monitor/2017/12/numbers

NIH New in Health January 2012, https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2012/01/mindfulness-matters

American institute of Stress 2019 https://www.stress.org/42-worrying-workplace-stress-statistics