Stress is Impacting on nearly 50% of Australian’s Health and Wellbeing
The results from the 2013 Stress and Wellbeing survey performed by the APS show:
- In 2013, Australians reported significantly lower levels of well-being and significantly higher levels of stress.
- Almost three-quarters of Australians reported that stress was having an impact on their physical health.
- In 2013, significantly more Australians (65%) reported that current stress was affecting their mental health than in 2012 (60%).
As a health practitioner I find these results quite alarming. Despite living in such a well developed country, our quality of life is felt to be quite poor. The survey goes on to point out the negative impacts of job security and financial worries are having on our health.
Stress like this over a prolonged period will have a major impact on our health. Mental health will decline and our digestions will suffer greatly. As shown in the diagram below, the mechanism by which stress affects our digestion is profound. Left unchecked, long term health issues can result.
Aside from seeking medical help when necessary, people need to have lifestyle strategies in place to help cope with life’s hurdles.
Yoga, joining a gym or martial arts school, going for a run or catching up with friends are important strategies to have in place to help up cope.
I frequently see in clinic the result of bottled up emotions and anger, it is never good for our health.
If you feel stress is impacting on your health, please come in for a consultation so we can work on reducing its impact on your health.