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Stress levels and mental health issues for adults


Being trapped in a workspace throughout the day can seem very struggling and stressful. Whether you are in an office sitting all day or working with your hands all day mowing lawns, everyone takes time out of the day to eat. Without eating your body does not have the energy to maintain throughout the day? The word “hangry” was created to combine both hungry and angry together. What exactly is going on in the brain when you are deprived of fuel? What happens when your body is not getting enough nutrients that we need? These are questions that I am planning on researching. I am focusing my research mainly on how chronic stress can cause many issues for an individual, especially mental health. Stress is defined as the feeling of strain and pressure. Today we live in a world where many of us are working overload. It has become a problem for many employees in organizations. We are seeing many organizations taking action of this cause and creating wellness plans to help promote healthier lifestyles for employees. This article will be focusing on factors that cause the most stress, how individuals deal with stress, and emotional and spiritual health of adult individuals as well as mental health issues that correlate to stress.

Being in the workforce requires responsibilities from several different aspects. An independent employee may have fewer responsibilities than an employee who is required to take care of another. In a 2008 survey, 40% of workers in the United States reported that they are the caregivers of someone over 65. Many adult Americans have an average of 40 hours or more of work during a week. Stress is a naturally occurring instinct of all human beings. Stress has been traced backed to the cavemen where their fight or flight adaptions would come into play for survival. Today as a nation we do not need to worry as much on whether we are going to be attacked by other species, instead we have stress from every day struggles such as bills, children, dinner and mostly work. Humans are more sedentary today then have ever been before. One study had found that around 70% of time spent at work is sedentary. Being inactive has lead many people to live unhealthy life styles. Sedentary lifestyles have been the cause of many physical disabilities and diseases such as diabetes and obesity. These diseases can be caused by both lacks of physical activity as well as a poor diet.

Stress and daily health are two important factors that should be taken into consideration when dealing with adults. Stress is relevant to in every discipline. Psychology is the main contribute to stress. Many neurotransmitters are released in the brain when an individual is under high stress. One of the most common neurotransmitters that are released during stressful moments is norepinephrine or also adrenaline. This is the immediate response to a stressful situation, and mostly related to the fight or flight response. Another neurotransmitter is cortisol. This is usually released when the body is under chronic stress. To much of cortisol can cause issues to the immune system, produce acne, cause obesity and raise blood pressure. These are all serious health problems that can cause serious mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety. This leads to the next discipline with is health education. Many individuals are not aware of their chronic stress. Health education shows the techniques as well as proper ways to stay active. When the body is receiving the proper amount of nutrients as well as physical activity, the body can heal its self quicker as well as be free from other illnesses. Individuals who are relatively active have less of a chance of injury and other illness as well. Most of our jobs today are run through a corporation or other business. The discipline of business plays a large roll for stress because managers are responsible for the well being of their employees. Many people work long hours during the day, which make it difficult for them to participate in other activities such as going out for a walk. Business is an important because employees who are under a lot of stress may have difficulties performing well which can affect the company. Limited time to eat lunch can cause someone to eat poorly. If an employee is not happy where they are, they will not work to their full potential. By decreasing the level of stress in an employee, corporations can see large improvements.

Diet and stress

America is faced with many options today for places to eat. One of the main contributors to obesity is lack of nutrients or poor diet. When you think of a poor diet, most people think about fast food, chips, soda, candies and etc. With little time to prepare a well nourished meal, employees may have to resort to a quick unhealthy meal. Research has shown “ what we eat, directly affects the structure and function of our brain.” ( Chawla). Diet is an important role on overall health in a workplace because it controls our energy throughout the day as well as our thought process. “ Certain foods that we consume play a major role in increasing the frequency, depth and duration of bouts or anxiety” (Virginia Technological College of Agriculture & life sciences). Many studies have shown links to depression. One of the most common sources of food is simple sugar. Sugar has been linked to depression because it makes the brainwork at a high level. Eating high amounts of sugar has also proven to cause diabetes, which is a serious health problem. Another common ingredient in many of our foods today is artificial sweeteners. “Aspartame which is a common ingredient found in diet soda, blocks the production of the neurotransmitter serotonin. This can cause changes in all manners such as headaches, insomnia, mood changes and depression.” ( Chawla).

Other things to add will be Physical activity and stress

also how it compares to my topics of interest. Pictures will be added to final draft.

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