In 2021, public health is a major part of our conversations both in the news and in our communities. It’s safe to say that the global pandemic started many conversations about health from risk factors for transmitting illness to how the structure of our daily lives could be dangerous for vulnerable members of our communities. Across the world, we started to talk about things like masks and hand sanitizers as everyday items yet there’s another health crisis that many of us don’t have language for and it’s one the World Health Organization has already called “the global epidemic of the 21st Century”. It might take you by surprise that this epidemic is stress but when you think about it longer, it would be accurate to call it a ticking time bomb for all of us because we’re all affected by it.
Stress is now considered to be a silent contributing factor for a range of illnesses from cardiovascular disease to respiratory problems and it’s one of the most prominent yet accepted sicknesses of modern life. While stress isn’t a specific mental illness, it is seen as a catalyst for many conditions that result in poor health both for the short-term and the long-term. The seriousness of stress as a health condition has become more prescient than ever before as the Covid-19 pandemic continues and disruption to everyday life as we know it endures. In fact, Barbara Brody emphasizes this for Health.com writing, “In December, 51% of adults surveyed by the Kaiser Family Foundation reported that stress related to COVID-19 had negatively affected their mental health.”
This is clearly a timely topic and relevant for everyone as we look to get through this time then ahead to a post-pandemic world. Study Medicine Europe developed this infographic content, ‘The Negative Health Impact of Stress’ as a resource for anyone looking to manage the broad range of stress types that many people experience. With this guide, you can gain an insightful understanding of the physical and psychological impacts of stress then learn more about tactics that can be used to manage stress from meditation to exercise. As discussed in this article, stress has an impact on everyone but you can always take steps to embrace an approach to your health that considers the diverse components that make up your holistic wellbeing. Read on for the full graphic below and best wishes in your health journey.