Just how costly is stress? Let’s look at the American workplace; it’s estimated that stress costs American companies more than $300 billion a year in health costs, absenteeism and poor performance. On top of that, 40% of turnover is due to stress.
Stress takes a toll on your wallet as well. From medications and doctor visits to poor performance at work – dealing with and managing stress can be a costly endeavor.
But stress can cost you so much more than money. From how you spend your waking hours to the quality and quantity of sleep you get – it’s all at risk when stress creeps in. And sure, a little bit of stress can be good for motivation, but chronic stress is another beast entirely. If you’ve been feeling more stressed than not lately, here are four ways it is costing you.
According to a 2007 Stress & Anxiety Disorders Survey, most of adults that experience stress-induced sleep problems do so at least once per week, while more than half experience it several times each week. On top of that, 54 percent of those surveyed said that stress or anxiety increased their anxiety about falling asleep at night, and 52 percent of men and 42 percent of women reported it affecting their ability to remain focused the next day.
Stress manifests differently for everyone, but many people experience a kind of “noise” that clouds their thoughts and distracts them from more pressing matters. This is called Attention Theory, the theory that a stressed individual’s attention is focused solely on dealing with their stress and not on meeting deadlines at work or being present when with friends and family. Stress is incredibly distracting, and not dealing with day-to-day tasks only serves to increase our stress.
3. Time with Your Family
Like we said above, stress can be a big distraction and pull you away mentally from those closest to you. Trying to fit in family time when stress is gnawing at your thoughts can seem impossible, but focusing on keeping it simple (game night at home instead of an elaborate trip or weekend outing) will help reduce stress and allow you to focus on the present.
4. Your Health
We’ve come to probably the most debilitating side effect of stress: the negative effects it has on your physical health. From headaches, fatigue, high blood pressure, weight gain, arthritis and more – the physical effects of stress are both immediate and long term.
How does chronic stress affect your life? What helps you keep it at bay?