Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:42

Work-Related Stress Exacts A Heavy Toll

Written by Rev. H.A. Bergsma
A new study suggests that the best remedy for high on-the-job stress levels is a supportive home environment, Canadian Press (CP) reported recently. "Our research is telling us that people who have high job stress should seek more support at home to balance out their life," Dr. Sheldon Tobe, a hypertension researcher at Toronto's Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre, told CP. Tobe says people under stress are at higher risk of high blood pressure, which can cause strokes and heart attacks. But "if they have supportive relationships at home, that modifies the effect," he said. "But if they have a stressful relationship at home, it will actually make their blood pressure worse." The study found couples who were the most mutually supportive and enjoyed each other's company had the lowest blood pressure. Canadians do appear to be suffering more than ever from the debilitating effects of stress, as several sources have concluded. As the Ottawa Citizen reported last week, a new landmark study, ÒExploring the Link Between Work-Life Conflict and Demands on CanadaÕs Health Care System,Ó has found that the stress and sickness caused by overwork is costing the health care system an additional $6 billion a year, while the pressure of caring for aging family members is adding a further $5 billion a year. Co-author Linda Duxbury, a professor at Carleton University's Sprott School of Business, says many Canadians suffer from what she calls "role overload"--the feeling that there is never enough time to get everything done. A survey of working men and women revealed that about 60% feel they cannot balance their jobs and family lives. The result, according to the report, is 25% more physician visits, a 17% increase in hospital stays, and a 23% increase in the use of emergency rooms each year. (From Family Facts)

No one will disagree that a supportive home environment can reduce personal stress levels, but then, this is also what the Bible teaches in such passages as Ephesians 5, 1 Peter 3, and not to forget, 1 Corinthians 13.

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