In a recent list from Forbes.com, they ranked the top 3 most stressful cities in America with Las Vegas, NV taking the number one spot, followed by Los Angeles, CA and Houston, TX rounded out the top 3. To measure stress, Forbes.com used six stress-causing metrics to measure the most stressed cities: high unemployment, long commute times, long work hours, limited access to health care, poor physical health and a lack of exercise. Stress has significant and far reaching effects on your health, however so if you feel stressed or anxious most of the time, it's important to find time to relax.
Chronic stress can lead to some serious physical symptoms. Many physicians believe that stress plays a role in such conditions as heart disease, ulcers, obesity, and diabetes, as well as many more. It can also lead to the development of obsessive-compulsive or anxiety disorders and even hair loss and dental problems.
It's important to your health that you balance out your times of stress with some relaxing moments. A visit to a medical spa for a massage or a facial is well worth taking some time out of your busy day to relax. Make sure to put your body in a calm state through meditation, yoga, and deep breathing exercises.
Exercise is one of the best ways to combat stress because it offers so many benefits to both the body and mind. According to MayoClinic.com, exercise will boost endorphin levels, and is much like meditating while moving. Regular exercise can increase self-confidence and lower the symptoms associated with mild depression and anxiety, and can even improve sleep.
If you want to remain healthy and happy for years to come, you have to make health a part of your life. It can be difficult when you're busy with work and kids, but if you don't take the time to relax, it can cause some long term damage to your body.