Handling job stress
There is a correlation between job stress, how much you work, and your health. Check out these grim statistics: People who work more than 50 hours a week are nearly 30 percent more likely to report having high blood pressure than people who work less than full time, according to the survey of 24,000 working Californians.
Baker said the health problems associated with long workdays can also be attributed to the byproducts of working overtime -- less sleep, less exercise and more trips to the vending machines.
Women who work long hours and suffer job stress particularly are at risk. Only 13 percent of women think heart disease is a threat to their health, a statistic the Sister to Sister: Everyone Has A Heart Foundation is trying to change as it reaches out to female executives at a breakfast in Miami on Friday. The breakfast will be at Ola Steakhouse at Merrick Park in Coral Gables at 8 a.m. For women who would like to get their companies involved, the National Women's Heart Day Health Fair is Feb. 17 at the Radisson in downtown Miami. For more information go to www.sistertosister.org/miami.
Here are tips from Miami fitness guru Matt Pack of Impack Total Fitness and leadership coach Linda O'Connor of Farifax, Va. for managing stress:
* Take a deep breath or two when you're anxious.
* Set a reminder on your computer to stretch throughout the workday.
* Take a break from multi-tasking. Do a common activity slowly with focused attention.
* Stay positive and say, ``I can deal with this.''
* Make a conscious decision not to stress over something you can't make different.
* Aim for eight hours of sleep a night.
* Identify the feelings that signal an oncoming "stressed" condition and then develop methods to deal with these emotions