· The chronic stress of modern society has made it more difficult to practice healthy lifestyle habits and can exacerbate health issues such as cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, sleep deprivation, depression, anxiety, weight gain, etc.
· Chronic stress can cause poorer overall quality of life, decreased job and school performance, and lead to mental and physical health issues.13
· Communities of color are disproportionally affected by stress caused by bias and discrimination in addition to the social determinants or drivers of health,14 which are the conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play.14
· Stress management is an important component of care in working towards whole-person health.12
· There are many things that can help manage stress and improve overall health. ACLM suggests partnering with an interdisciplinary healthcare team to determine a plan of action for helping patients reduce their stress levels.
· Such things as planning ahead, budgeting, leaving earlier from work, and being proactive tend to reduce preventable stress.
12. American Psychological Association. APA Professional Practice Guidelines. American Psychological Association. Apa.org. January 2010. Updated April 2021. Accessed September 12, 2022. https://www.apa.org/practice/guidelines
13. American Psychological Association. Stress effects on the body. American Psychological Association. Apa.org. November 1, 2018. Accessed September 12, 2022. https://www.apa.org/topics/stress/body
14. Jones SCT, Anderson RE, Gaskin-Wasson AL, Sawyer BA, Applewhite K, Metzger IW. From "crib to coffin": Navigating coping from racism-related stress throughout the lifespan of Black Americans. Am J Orthopsychiatry. 2020;90(2):267-282. http://doi.org/10.1037/ort0000430