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Stress Management the Key to a Healthy Body and Mind

Posted June 12, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Many women will tell you they're stressed out. Now new numbers support the theory work can be the culprit.

A Duke University study focused on 152 women who work at a Durham area company. Some of what researchers found is discouraging. Women in high-stress jobs are more likely to feel depressed, anxious, angry, and experience social isolation.

Dr. Redford Williams says the finding in this study that really smacks you in the face is that the women who have one of these risk factors also have the rest as well.

And this type of stress can have lethal results.

We know that each of these psychosocial risk factors individually contributes to an increased risk of heart disease, but when they cluster like this research in other settings has shown that the risk of dying or developing heart disease is magnified.

You can control stress in the workplace and minimize the negative impact. Another way of dealing with it is your own personal boundaries-- being able to say no and being able to say a firm no. For some, a firm no can mean "I quit."

Dr. Steve Mullinix says there are certain work settings that can be real toxic for a person. Maybe a personality mismatch with a boss or unrealistic requirements that they just can't handle.

However you decide to do it, handling job stress could be your key to staying healthy.