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Sick and Tired of Stress?

By April 19, 2010

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Sometimes when people are chronically stressed about something, they say they're 'sick and tired' of it--not just stressed by it. That's always seemed like a figurative term, but new research confirms what many have been saying for years: stress--especially chronic stress--can indeed make you 'sick and tired'! (Well, to be exact, stress can make you tired, and then sick, but we'll get to that.)

First, the basic details of the study: researchers at the Occupational and Environmental Health Division of Wayne State University distributed surveys among patients at four primary care centers and analyzed the 315 responses for indicators of the relationship among stress, fatigue, and perceived health. They also analyzed the impact of select stress resiliency factors including sleep, recovery, and social support. They found that there was indeed a relationship between fatigue and perceived health outcomes, and that stress could lead to this fatigue. The positive effects of sleep, recovery, and social support on fatigue, stress, and perceived health were validated in their research.

Most of us don't necessarily need research to tell us that stress, especially chronic stress, can make us feel tired and run-down, and that when we feel this way, we tend to get sick more easily. However, this research does indeed add fuel to the argument that stress management is an important part of overall wellness and health maintenance, and that any stress relief activities we introduce into our lives can be good for us in more ways than one.

This research also validates the importance of leaning on good friends in times of stress.

The following resources can help you with basic stress management, and some of them may introduce you to stress relieving activities you've yet to try. See what change you can make in your life this week--even if it's small!--to reduce stress and fatigue, and enhance your overall health and wellness.

  • Stress and Stress Relief
    Learn the basics of stress and stress relief--here's a great starting place for a stress relief plan!

  • The Hows and Whys of Cultivating a Supportive Circle
    Social support is a wonderful antidote to stress! Here are some strategies for cultivating a supportive group of friends in your life.

  • Take The Healthy Lifestyle Quiz
    Taking care of yourself is important--you already know that. Here's a quick assessment that can help you to take stock of your lifestyle and see areas you may want to change, complete with resources for making those changes. Have fun!

  • Top 10 Self Care Strategies for Stress Reduction
    Stress can wear you out and make you tired, but, ironically, taking care of yourself can make you feel less stressed...and in turn cause you to require less focused self care! Here are some of the best things to focus on when taking care of yourself and reducing stress.

  • 25 Stress Relievers to Try
    Looking for new ideas? Here's a handy list to help you get inspired. Have more ideas? Share them in the 'comments' section below.

Do you feel worn out by stress? What do you do to relieve stress? Share your thoughts and experiences in the 'comments' section below, and use the 'share' button to pass this info along to the people in your life. And take care of yourself this week!

Maghout-Juratli S, Janisse J, Schwartz K, Arnetz BB. The causal role of fatigue in the stress-perceived health relationship: a MetroNet study. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. Mar-Apr, 2010.


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April 19, 2010 at 11:45 am
(1) Stressless06 says:

The words “i’m sick, and tired of it!” was a common word for most of us when we’re in troubles that we think we cannot stand against. Because of that, we have the tendency to ran away from the problems, which causes us stress.

August 26, 2010 at 8:47 pm
(2) Lynne Q says:

Very comprehensive discussion on stress and stress management. Enlightening. I surmise that there is no fast “getaway” formula from stress. It is part of our lives. We can only “manage” stress to lessen its impact on our health and well-being. Chronic stress appears to be the king of stress because it can lead to several fatal illnesses. This is an area where self-management may not be effective and would need professional help. Not that an individual cannot de-stress himself for after all it is his own “making”. But without appropriate training and guidance, self-stress-management can stressful to say the least.

February 28, 2013 at 7:37 am
(3) medical blog says:

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