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Statistics on STRESS

Two thirds of Americans say they are likely to seek help for stress (APA Survey 2004)

54% of workers are concerned about health problems caused by stress (APA Survey 2004)

62% of Americans say work has a significant impact on stress levels (APA Survey 2004)

The proportion of doctors and other health professionals showing above threshold levels of stress has stayed remarkably constant at around 28%, compared with around 18% in the general working population (BMJ Volume 32; 29 March 2003)

73% of Americans name money as the number one factor that affects their stress level (APA Survey 2004)

61% of workers list heavy workloads as a significant impact on work stress levels (APA Survey 2004)

About 5.2 million U.S. adults ages 18 to 54 have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in any given year (National Institutes of Mental Health)

Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant forms of stress (APA, The Road to Resilience, 2002)

Many physicians and surgeons work long, irregular hours; over one-third of full-time physicians worked 60 or more hours a week in 2004. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2006-07 Edition, Physicians and Surgeons, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos074.htm)

As a Doctor you know what it is like to have a hectic schedule, to work long hours, to ensure that you are functioning at your top capacity at all times, being the invincible healer that you are. You deal with life and death situations and difficult, demanding and chronically ill patients. Stress is something that you get used to. Matter of fact, stress is something that you thrive on in many of the situations you find yourself in. However, stress is also one of the top leading culprits to the decline of a person’s health. You know that. You’re a Doctor. If you asked most of your patients about the stress they experience in their life, you would get an earful.

Research is starting to show the serious effects of stress on our bodies. Stress triggers changes in our bodies and makes us likely to get sick. It can also make problems we already have worse. It can play a role in problems such as, trouble sleeping, headaches, lack of energy, lack of concentration, stomach problems, depression, irritability, weight gain or loss, high blood pressure, diabetes, anxiety, etc. The list can go on and on.

But as a Doctor, can you afford the impact that stress can have on your overall health and well-being? Patients look up to you as their healer. Patients rely on you to be “at your best” and at “your top of the game”.

What happens when YOU have reached that point where the stress of your
Doctor’s lifestyle is beginning to impact YOUR health?
What do you do when you realize that the STRESS that you experience as a Doctor on a daily basis is no longer the most effective “drug of choice” to
keep you going strong and invincible?

Do you stop what you are doing, recognize the warning signs and get yourself to a Doctor right away? Probably not!

 

According to an article from the BMJ (2001 ; 323; 728-731):

“High levels of stress, psychological distress, and suicide have been reported among doctors.

“Doctors are reluctant to seek help in the normal way when they become stressed or ill"

“The perceived need to portray an unrealistically healthy image is stressful and a barrier to appropriate self care”

“The emotional response to personal illness can produce an oscillation between panic and denial.”

“The working arrangements of general practitioners reinforce a culture in which their own and colleagues’ distress is overlooked.”

“General practitioners perceive that patients and colleagues link good health in doctors with medical competence."

How does the CONSTANT STRESS that you experience as a Doctor affect

  • The quality of care you give your patients?
  • Your relationship with your family (spouse, significant other, children)
  • Your relationship with your colleagues?
  • The business decisions you make on a daily basis?
  • Your overall health & well-being?
  • Your OVERALL quality of life?

How Maria Lesetz can help you!

As a Certified Life Coach for Doctors and an experienced seminar leader on “How to Manage Stress More Effectively” and “How to Live a Rich and Fulfilling Life with a Health Condition”, Maria will help you to:

Improve your overall health & well-being by learning invaluable tools and strategies to manage stress more effectively.

Incorporate into your life 5 TOP STRATEGIES to Lovin’ Life Now, despite any health challenge you may be facing.

Identify and eliminate (or manage more effectively) the things that drain your energy.

Identify your core values and create your own customized “RX for happiness and health” based on these values.

Maintain a positive attitude in the face of adversity and not let any “bump in the road” stop you from living your life to its fullest!

Find “opportunity” in an illness that you may be facing.

Devise a specific action plan with manageable steps to upgrade your environment so that it enhances your overall health and well-being.

When you hire Maria Lesetz as your Professional Life Coach, in addition to the on-going monthly support via telephone, you will receive her comprehensive 8-month coaching curriculum resource book which was designed specifically for YOU, the Doctor, to help you to manage the type of stressors you deal with more effectively and to enhance your overall health and well-being.

Click here to schedule your complimentary, conditional consultation today with Maria Lesetz!


 

About Stress and the Health Effects of Stress

Definition of stress?

Stress has become the number one malady of our time. The constant pressure associated with living in a fast-paced world has created an environment where nearly everyone feels the effects of stress.
Stress is a term used to describe the wear and tear the body experiences in reaction to everyday tensions and pressures. Change, illness, injury or career and lifestyle changes, are common causes of stress, however, it's the effects of stress, like pressure and tension, that we feel in response to the little everyday hassles—like rush hour traffic, waiting in line, and too many emails—that do the most damage.

Stress is the body and mind's response to any pressure that disrupts its normal balance. It occurs when our perception of events doesn't meet our expectations and we are unable to manage our reaction. As a response, stress expresses itself as resistance, tension, strain or frustration that throws off our physiological and psychological equilibrium, keeping us out of sync. If our equilibrium is disturbed for long, the stress can become disabling and create numerous health problems.

Stress and the effects of stress are often misunderstood. We look at outside events as the source of stress, but in fact stress is really caused by our emotional reactions to events. The stress we experience in today's world often goes unnoticed and unmanaged. Many people have simply adapted to stress in an unhealthy way, resigned to thinking it's “just the way it is”. Unfortunately, lack of stress management has created a pandemic of low-grade anxiety and depression.

Health Effects of Stress?

The effects of stress in people are seen physically, mentally and emotionally. According to the American Institute of Stress, up to 90% of all health problems are related to stress. Too much stress can contribute to and agitate many health problems including heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, depression and sleep disorders. Additional studies confirm the debilitating effects of stress on our health:

  • Three 10-year studies concluded that emotional stress was more predictive of death from cancer and cardiovascular disease than smoking. People who were ineffectively managing stress had a 40% higher death rate than non-stressed individuals.
  • A Harvard Medical School study of 1,623 heart attack survivors found that when subjects got angry during emotional conflicts, their risk of subsequent heart attacks was more than double that of those remained calm.
  • A 20-year study of over 1,700 older men conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health found that worry about social conditions, health and personal finances all significantly increased the risk of coronary disease.
  • Over one-half of heart disease cases are not explained by the standard risk facts, such as high cholesterol, smoking or sedentary lifestyle.
  • According to a Mayo Clinic study of individuals with heart disease, psychological stress was the strongest predictor of future cardiac events, such as cardiac death, cardiac arrest and heart attacks.

How to relieve stress?

In order to effectively relieve stress it's important to understand it's not the external events or situations that do the harm; it's how you respond to those stressful events. More precisely, it's how you feel about them that determine whether you feel the negative effects of stress and ultimately relieve stress.
Emotions, or feelings, have a powerful impact on the human body. Emotions like frustration, insecurity and depressing feelings are stressful and inhibit optimal health and relief from stress. Positive emotions like appreciation, care, and love not only feel good, they promote health, performance and well-being.

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