Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) July 25, 2013
Stress is a common feature in the lives of many American citizens, whether it is down to their career, their financial situation, or their family life. New figures show that 77% of Americans’ stress levels are causing them to experience a range of unpleasant physical symptoms. Stress can manifest itself in stomach upsets, headaches, changes in appetite and muscle tension. Around 51% of sufferers claim that fatigue is their most frequent symptom.
Dr. Maiysha Clairborne, from Mind Body Spirit Wellness is a celebrated physician and stress management coach. She says, "Over three quarters of Americans are experiencing these worrying symptoms as a result of their inability to manage their stress levels. Their minds, bodies and spirits are all out of alignment, resulting in conflict between each area. This is amplified by the stress of everyday life, which can manifest in real, physical symptoms; these then go on to cause even more stress, resulting in a damaging cycle of stress and pain."
The third annual Work Stress Survey, published on April 9th 2013 polled more than one thousand Americans, with 8 out of 10 confirming that their work life is a source of significant stress. Poor compensation, unreasonable workloads, small paychecks and the fear of being laid off were among the given reasons for stress at work, with just 17% of people claiming that their jobs cause them no stress whatsoever. 59% of Americans aged between 18 and 33 stated that money, relationships and family commitments were also leading contributors to the stress they feel. This age group, often known as 'Millenials', is prone to depression and anxiety as a direct result of stress, and 60% of those who said they experienced extreme stress in the past five years have attempted to seek help for their symptoms.
Stress management and the alignment of mind, body and spirit can be carried out in a number of ways. Stress sufferers must learn how to unite their body with their emotions and their spirit in order to maximize their potential for health, growth and creativity. When stress sufferers learn how to listen to their bodies and respond with their emotions, they can increase wellness and mindfulness, resulting in reduced stress levels and a heightened awareness known as 'emotional intelligence'.
As well as uniting the mind, body and soul, there are physical exercises which can be carried out to reduce stress. Deep breathing exercises are complemented perfectly by yoga a few times a week. Meditation is something actively encouraged when trying to align mind, body and soul, and stress relief can be found in a huge number of other things, whether it is food, music, writing, dancing or laughing with a loved one.
For more information about stress management from Dr Maiysha Clairborne, visit http://www.mbswellness.org.