WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT STRESS

Prevention (USA) - - WELLNESS -

“One thing ex­perts ab­so­lutely agree on is that just talk­ing to some­body about your stress is among the best stress re­duc­ers,” says Wendy Lund, CEO of health­care com­mu­ni­ca­tions agency GCI Health, one of our sur­vey part­ners.

Most of the sur­vey re­spon­dents seemed to in­stinc­tively un­der­stand that, reach­ing out to friends or, more of­ten, fam­ily mem­bers to blow off steam. But a wor­ry­ing per­cent­age—about 15% of the older women, for ex­am­ple— said they never did. When these tight-lipped ladies were asked why they didn’t share their stress, most said they didn’t want to be a bur­den or didn’t think any­one would care.

The num­bers were grim­mer when it came to talk­ing to the fam­ily doc­tor, who should ab­so­lutely hear if you’re feel­ing stressed out. Less than half of re­spon­dents who were stressed brought it up to their docs—and the younger they were, the less likely they were to have done so. Some men­tioned not hav­ing a health care provider (or in­sur­ance), not want­ing to use up their pre­cious 10 to 15 min­utes, and not feel­ing heard (She blew it off, one re­spon­dent wrote). But a shock­ingly large sub­set—nearly a quar­ter— said they didn’t know why they weren’t tack­ling it.

NEARLY HALF OF WOMEN RARELY OR NEVER TALK ABOUT THEIR STRESS—BUT DO­ING SO CAN HELP.

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