Random Fact Tuesday- Stress Edition

I’m exhausted.  The whole family is.  We have been packing, moving and unpacking for a month now.  I missed last week’s Random Fact Tuesday, due to the lack of a pc.  I’m behind on everything, but am slowly catching up.  So, if I owe you a call or time or anything at all, sorry.

  • In 2009, the top most stressful jobs were a surgeon, commercial airline pilot, photojournalist, advertising account executive, and real estate agent. The least stressful jobs were actuary, dietitian, astronomer, systems analyst, and software engineer.
  • Stress can make acne worse. Researchers say stress-related inflammation rather than a rise is sebum (the oily substance in skin) is to blame.
  • The stress of caring for a disabled spouse increases the risk of stroke substantially.
  • The term “stress” derives from the Latin stringere (to draw tight).
  • Chronic stress decreases the body’s immune system’s response to infection and can affect a person’s response to immunizations.
  • Young people from military families who have a deployed parent report higher levels of stress and emotional problems than other adolescents and teens.
  • Stress can result in more headaches as a result of the body rerouting blood flow to other parts of the body.
  • Laughing lowers levels of stress hormones and strengthens the immune system.
  • Working mothers, in particular, are among the people most likely to experience stress, particularly when they do not have a lot of support from others
  • Chronic stress worsens irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a condition that irritates the large intestine and causes constipation, cramping, and bloating
  • Studies show that HIV-infected men are more likely to progress to AIDS if they are under high stress than those with lower levels of stress.
  • When cells shrink due to exposure to stress hormones, they disconnect from each other, which contributes to depression.
  • Extreme or sudden emotional trauma can lead to “broken heart syndrome”(BHS), or stress cardiomyopathy (severe heart muscle weakness). This condition occurs rapidly, and usually in women. In Japan, BHS is called “octopus trap cardiomyopathy” because the left ventricle balloons out in a peculiar shape.
  • In Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Lady Percy’s description of her battle-worn husband, Harry Hotspur, is surprisingly similar to the symptoms of actual post-traumatic syndrome, such as feeling estranged from others, difficulty sleeping, exhibiting an exaggerated startle, dysphoria, and strong anxiety
  • Chinese stress balls (Baoding balls) were created during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) in Baoding, China. Originally made of iron, the balls are thought to relieve stress because they touch pressure or acupuncture points on the hand.

One thought on “Random Fact Tuesday- Stress Edition

  1. Moving blows. We’ve been in our house for 4 years and I still have boxes I haven’t unpacked. (They might just go directly to Goodwill this spring.) But now you have a new place to make memories in!! Glad to hear you guys are getting settled!

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