Nov. 7 – I’m Stressing Out, Man!

Gay Lynn HillBell Ringers, Economics(BR)

November 7, National Stress Awareness Day

Whether it’s work related, family related, school related, or just due to the innumerable inconvenient aspects of day-to-day life as a human being, stress affects each and every one of us. Sometimes that stress can be a good thing, making us mentally stronger and pushing us to be our best, but too much stress can be disastrous.

According to the American Psychological Association chronic stress is linked to the six leading causes of death in Americans: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, and suicide. It affects our brains, weakens our immune systems, and can lead to conditions such as obesity that all combine to create one sickening cocktail.

For that reason, managing stress has become just as important today as any other health conscious effort, such as a yearly check-up with your doctor. When we are mostly relaxed and confident we feel much more capable of tackling the tasks we must complete. We are healthier, more productive, and generally happier.



Questions:
  1. Given stressed-out people are less productive and more likely to become sick, how much do you think stress negatively affects the economy in any given year? Do you think some stress can be good?
  2. How do you manage your own stress? Do you think these methods are effective?
  3. What are some other (not mentioned) negative externalities of being too stressed out that you can think of?

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