Whether it’s gluten or sugar or pesticides, women across America have caught onto the “detox” trend.
And yet there’s a prevailing toxin in your life that you might not even think about: stress.
According to a nationwide study conducted by the American Psychological Association, approximately half of all adults say their stress levels have increased recently.
(2) The problem is so big, the association labels chronic stress as a “public health crisis” impacting America’s emotional, mental and physical health.
Some of the most common causes of stress, worry and anxiety in people’s lives, as reported by the American Stress Institute, include job pressure, money worries, health problems and relationship issues.
(3) And the health effects of this hidden, invisible toxin manifests in worrying ways:
- Drug and alcohol abuse
- Muscle pain
- Chronic fatigue
- Sleep problems
- Unexplained weight gain or weight loss
- Anger or irritability
- Depression or sadness
- And much more!
Gender plays a role, too.
Women react differently to stress than their male counterparts and experience different stress pressures, (5) such as the burdens of raising a family while juggling a career.
If you’re ready to get stress under control and eliminate its toxic effects from your life, try these 10 proven strategies and take back your health and your life.