The Medibank Better Health Index Research was released on December 28 for the 2016-17 period. The report went on to say … “five million Australians are ‘stressed out’ as research finds 2017 was our most stressful year.”
The incidence of mental health issues is the highest amongst those affected by stress, according to new Medibank data.
The incidence of stress peaked in 2017, with the number of Australians affected rising from 3,724,000 in 2007-08 to 4,930,000 in 2016-17.
The research revealed sleep — or a lack of — has been self-reported as a key contributor to Australians’ rising stress levels in 2017 (44%), with other leading factors including juggling too many things (36%) and pressures at work (39%). Wider economic, societal and political flux appeared to also play a role, with housing affordability (17%), pressures from social media (12%), and the global political climate (11%)inducing stress for many.
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The rising stress is taking its toll on Australians’ mental health with depression, anxiety, panic attacks leading the way.Also, stress and the immune system findings suggested that the ability of the body to fight off infection may be lowered by ongoing stress, and that the incidence of headaches and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) may also be higher amongst those affected with stress.
At SMI we teach our students and all those who attend our trainings and presentations that a ‘stress free life’ is a path to ill health, and the aim in life is to enjoy a balanced state of well being and enjoy a ‘stress-less’ life. We know that the body requires a certain level of stress to thrive, known as ‘good’ stress, however, relentless ongoing stress, or ‘bad’ stress is the problem and this leads to disease and chronic ill health.
‘Stress-less resolutions’: 2018 set to be the year of ‘me-time’
With 70 per cent of those affected by stress admitting they ‘could have done more to manage their stress in 2017’, it’s no surprise that nearly one in two (45%) say they aim to take more time for themselves in 2018. Australians’ other resolutions to improve their stress levels included:
- Cutting back on junk food (42%);
- Spending more quality time with friends and family (40%);
- Starting an exercise regime (39%);
- Asking for help, both by leaning on family/friends and seeking professional support (26%);
- Reducing screen time (22%); and
- Getting more engaged in the local community (13%).
Medibank’s tips for making 2018 a less stressful year…
- Postpone major life changes: Whether it’s moving-house or getting a new job, major life changes can be stressful at any time. If you’ve been struggling with stress, consider putting off big changes until a later date.
- Get moving: Exercise is a great way to relieve stress and improve mood. Aim for around 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day – this could be anything from walking to work or going to the gym.
- Connect with others: Talking and connecting with people with similar experiences can help you get into a good head space.
- Practice mindfulness: Breathing exercises, meditation and other relaxation techniques can help to manage some of the symptoms of stress. You can even practice mindfulness while commuting to and from work with the help of handy meditation apps.
- Get support: If you’re struggling to manage your stress, it’s important to seek support, whether it’s from a friend, loved one or medical professional. And remember, your GP is always available to help.
Medibank Research Sources
- Research from the Medibank Better Health Index, conducted by Roy Morgan Research. Data collected between July 2007 to June 2017. 23.1% reported suffering from stress ‘in the last three months’ in 2007-08, compared with 26.3% in 2016-17.
- Research conducted by ACA Research, with fieldwork taking place between 24 November 2017 and 29 November 2017, with 1,005 Australians surveyed.
- Research from the Medibank Better Health Index, conducted by Roy Morgan Research. Data collected between July 2007 to June 2017.
If you would like to start 2018 and immerse yourself in two days of building emotional resilience, then join us in Brisbane on February 24 & 25 for the Build Emotional Resilience Training. We have a fantastic team of qualified Stress Management Practitioners & Facilitators who will guide and mentor you through the processes. Plus, you’ll have lots of fun and go home relaxed and de-stressed and armed with your own personal destress toolkit and your stress management strategy plan. Graduates of this program report on average that after the two-day personal training that they have a 75% reduction in their stress level.
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