1. Forty-three percent of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress.
2. Seventy-five percent to 90% of all doctor's office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints.
3. Stress can play a part in problems such as headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depres-sion, and anxiety.
4. The Occupational Safety and Health Admin-istration (OSHA) declared stress a hazard of the workplace. Stress costs American industry more than $300 billion annually.
You know the catchy tune. I'm sure you've hummed it a few times yourself – and it really is sound advice.
Too much stress can be overwhelming to the point of impairing your attention, memory, and judgment.
Science is getting a better understanding of the physiological impacts and results of stress, which affect our health without us even realizing it. The world-renowned Mayo clinic warns of us of the hidden danger of stress.
"You may think illness is to blame for that nagging headache, your frequent insomnia or your de-creased productivity at work. But stress may actually be the culprit. Stress that's unchecked can contribute to health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and di-abetes."
Work-related stress is a common challenge for many of us – 61 percent of all employees, according to the American Psychology Association. This is espe-cially true for those who are caught between demands of work and home.
Some work-related stress is unavoidable, but there are steps we can take to ease some of the impact.
Consider the housing market and where you live, and the job markets and where we work. These fac-tors clearly impact our work-related stress.
The American Psycho-logical Association con-firmed that commuting was a significant work stress factor for 28 percent of survey respondents. Also, 25 percent noted a crosso-ver effect between work-related stress and their home lives.
Your local transit district is dedicated to supporting commuters with alternatives that not only make economic sense in these times of rising gas prices, but also help reduce the physical and emotional costs of drive-alone travel during your work commute.
Remember, there is no silver bullet that fits all situations but when you take transit to work you have more time to relax and read or talk while someone else takes the wheel.