Since 2007, the Stress in America™ survey has assessed how stress affects the health and well-being of adults living in the United States. In the year 2015, reported overall stress levels increased slightly, with greater percentages of adults reporting extreme levels of stress than in the year 2014. Overall, adults report that stress has a negative impact on their mental and physical health. A sizable proportion does not feel they are doing enough to manage their stress.
Over time, younger generations such as Millenials followed by Xers consistently struggle with stress. As you can see in the graph the younger the generation is the higher the average stress level is reported.
Women consistently have struggled with stress more than men. The women population has reported higher than average stress levels and been more likely than their counterparts to say that their stress has increased in the last year.
Adults with disabilities and adults who are members of the LGBTQ+ also reported higher than average stress levels and are more likely than their counterparts to say that their stress has increased in the last year.
In his book, “On the Brink,” former Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson reveals getting so stressed out in the course of the height of the 2008 financial crisis that he would start to dry-heave, occasionally in private and other times in front of congressmen and staffers. Paulson is not the only one.
The data visualization above focuses on stress inpatient clinic visit rates from the year 2000 to 2016. As the years change the positions of which race have higher stress rates also change, the reason might be personal factors, socio-economic factors, or different living/ employment situations. These data prove that no one is exempted when it comes to stress and we should take solving our stress seriously since stress can wreak havoc in our lives like developing mental and physical illness if left untreated.
Physical symptoms of stress, such as dry heaving, can be clear in weird ways when the affairs of life get too enormous. And every once in a while, you may not even perceive that stress is the cause.
1. Stress Can Cause Vomiting:
As Paulson discovers, dry-heaving or retching is one way that stress can be identified. Never the less it’s more often a sign of anxiety. Stress and anxiety can also trigger vomiting and a condition called “cyclic vomiting syndrome,” a condition in which people experience vomiting and nausea over a long period often, starting at the same time daily. Dealing with anxiety-induced dry heaves or vomiting starts with getting enough rest and drinking water, and then finding ways to calm down or get rid of the source of your stress, such as practicing yoga and meditation.
2. Stress Can Cause Hair Loss:
There are several reasons that your hair could be falling out, from medications to genetics. Still, stress is one of them. Among the conditions associated with stress-induced hair loss is alopecia areata, causing hair to fall out. Another condition triggered by stress that has, even more, severe results is called telogen effluvium, which is basically characterized by a sudden loss of up to 70 percent of hair. This condition can be hard to link to stress because the hair loss can happen months after stressful circumstances, for instance, childbirth or death in the family.
3. Stress Can Cause Nosebleeding:
There are some arguments as to whether nosebleed is triggered by stress, but studies have shown that, in some instances, patients who nosebleed get them after finding themselves in stressful life situations. A 2001 article in the British Medical Journal suggests that this could have something to do with the blood pressure spikes that are very usual when you’re stressed out. Keep your blood pressure in check by gulping warm hibiscus tea. Simply escaping the daily stress for a while to brew it could be enough to lower your stress levels just a little
4. Stress Can Cause Memory Loss
If you notice you can’t seem to recall the details you just talked about during a stressful meeting, it could be an effect of your shrunken hippocampus, says Jeffrey Rossman, Ph.D., psychologist, and director of life management at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Massachusetts, and Rodale.com advisor. Chronic stress can expose the hippocampus, the area of the brain that controls your short-term memory, to extravagant levels of the stress hormone cortisol. And that can prevent your brain’s ability to remember things. Dealing with the main cause of your stress is the greatest way to get your memory back, but until that happens, write important bits of data and find other ways to enhance your memory.
5. Stress Can Cause Weakened Immunity:
Maybe the most recognizable effect that stress has on your body is a weakened immunity, and that takes place for a variety of reasons. First, stress triggers the release of catecholamines, hormones that help regulate your immune system; prolonged release of these hormones can interrupt their ability to do that. Second, says Rossman, stress shrinks your thymus gland, the gland that produces your infection-fighting white blood cells, and it damages telomeres, which are genes that help those immune cells reproduce. A nice way to deal with stress and boost your immune system is to exercise such as cardio exercises.
6. Stress Can Cause Excessive Sweating:
It is common knowledge that you sweat more when you’re stressed out, but some people suffer from hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating, particularly of the palms and feet, says Rossman. Meditation and Yoga can help reduce stress-related sweating, and if you think you might be suffering from hyperhidrosis, find a doctor who specializes in the disorder.
Conclusion: Stress is inevitable whether you are young or old or male or female. To manage your stress levels and detect them early with the mentioned signs above. Have a stress-free life everyone!