High-Stress Work and Strokes


High-Stress Work and Strokes

pumpkins-504103_640Research released last week found that individuals with a high-stress job have a greater risk of suffering a stroke.

According to coverage of the research on LiveScience.com:

People tend to experience high levels of stress at their job when they have little control over what they have to do, are under high time pressure and have to coordinate a lot of tasks, the researchers said. Examples of such jobs include working as waiters and nursing aide.

Employers can help lower workers' stress levels, for example, by allowing them greater latitude in making their own decisions at work and embracing flexible working arrangements such as telecommuting, she said.

As we care for our family members (and friends) with chronic illnesses and disabilities and frailty, we understand our work is important and meaningful. We also know it's stressful. Our life can feel completely out of control.

During a time that feels like the most challenging time of our life, we want to know we can feel better, that we will be okay. But, it can feel like we have no control over feeling better and feeling okay. We can feel alone and without any help.

Consider this experience shared by @michelle, who cares for her husband, on our post, Your Doctor Helping You With Your Caregiving Stress:

"The nurse in the Geriatric Department at Kaiser West LA gives the caregiver a stress questionnaire at every visit. The morning after first visit I called to ask the social worker what help they had for me (I knew that I was stressed and a little depressed). They really did not have anything for me. The social worker ran a support group for adult children caring for their parents but that did not help me. I wonder what they are doing with the information."

Can you imagine hearing there is no help for you?

We want to change that. We want to help you feel more in control of your lives. We want you to know you have choices which can help you feel better. Your emotional well-being means you enjoy better physical well-being.

We believe the change begins when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracks family caregiver stress and its source and then intervenes with resources, support and help for family caregivers.

You can help. Sign our petition to the CDC to track family caregiver stress and its source. Be sure to share the petition across your social networks and ask your family members and friends to sign, too.

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