According to a report done, the levels of stress New Yorkers experience are a bit higher compared to the national average. It was also clear that issues of money, the economy and work are the major contributors to these increased stress levels. From the interviews conducted as part of the study, many New Yorkers confessed that their health is not in good shape and lack of time was identified as a major barrier in adopting healthy lifestyle changes.

The Perception of Stress and Its Sources

The survey conducted by The Stress in America shows that people in New York struggle a lot with stress management and the support they get from their health care providers in managing the stress is not as much as what others get across the country.

On a 10 point scale, New Yorkers report an average of 5.2 in stress levels. This means they are past the midpoint towards a great deal of stress. 22% of New Yorkers reported experiencing extreme stress at levels of 8, 9 or 10 points on a 10 point scale. The commonly cited stressors include money, work and the economy.

Stress Management

In terms of stress management, New Yorkers rank lower nationwide. They admit that they are not doing enough to manage their stress levels. Inasmuch as many of them acknowledge that stress management is extremely critical, the numbers who say they are doing a very good or excellent job at stress management has dropped noticeably.

The stress management techniques people in New York resort to include exercising or walking, listening to music, and reading. From 2010 to the present, close to 57% of New Yorkers have made attempts to reduce their stress levels but only 39% are reported to have been successful.

Stress and Wellbeing

Since 2011, a growing number of New Yorkers are reporting chronic conditions such as high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. Despite trying to eat healthy, many New Yorkers have kept off from proven stress reduction approaches such as weight loss, exercising and getting sufficient sleep. Fewer of them believe that stress has a huge negative impact on their mental and physical health.

The struggle to achieve healthy lifestyles among New Yorkers is evident with close to 50% of them saying that they have stayed awake at night, eaten unhealthy foods, or overeaten and skipped meals because of stress.

It seems from the study that many New Yorkers are simply believers of good and healthy habits, but they hardly drink what they preach.

Lifestyle, Health and Behavior Change

Because of the fast pace with which the New York City is moving, the challenge of time has been cited as a major barrier when it comes to making behavioral and lifestyle changes. Intertwined with this is the lack of willpower among the individuals to effect the changes.

The report therefore should act as an eye opener for New Yorkers to examine their lives and make the necessary changes before they are sucked into the black hole of unhealthy living.

P.S. Total side note tangent but we had our county house painted this last weekend before the summer came to an end and we used a bucks county painters and much to our delight the process was smooth and the completed job was amazing! If you in search for a painter these guys did an great job.

 

Update to moving we ended up having a local property manager recommend these nyc movers.

There is no doubt that New York City is a vibrant business hub where lots of companies have established themselves. Some of the top flight white color jobs with decent packages can be found here. Due to constant work pressures and the need to stay on top, many employees have been subjected to long working hours with fewer breaks and very high targets. This has resulted into work-related stress. In a study conducted to analyze the degree of stress among New Yorkers, financial concerns, housing costs, the economy, personal health and safety were among those cited as the sources of stress.

Compared with workers in the rest of the country, 54% of New Yorkers are less satisfied with their jobs and 44% are unlikely to recommend their workplace to other people. 41% of workers in New York City complain of job-related stress while about 35% say they plan to look for employment elsewhere in the course of the coming year. This is 4 points clear above the national average which is at 31%.

How to Manage Workplace Stress

Inasmuch as stress is part of almost every job, when it is left unchecked it can negatively impact on worker productivity and permeate into their personal lives. While it may begin as a minor discomfort, stress can progress and cause serious impairments. Below are some of the ways you can identify and manage this kind of stress.

Identifying Job-Related Stress

There are lots of ways through which stress manifests itself. Some of the common signs of stress may include:

  • Inconsistent sleeping patterns which result into too little or too much sleep
  • Changes in appetite
  • Depression, anxiety and irritability
  • Unstable and disturbed relationships with friends and family which may result into social withdrawal
  • Physical symptoms including headaches, digestive problems, as well as poor concentration
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How many of you like to move?

That’s right nobody unless your nuts!

The actual act of moving is what is stressful but moving can actually be fun as well.

Just think when you are moving, generally it’s because there has been a big change in your life.  Which in most cases is exciting…you know the unknown..starting a new chapter of your life…etc. Unless of coarse you are moving because your landlord has evicted you for not paying rent for the last 6 months. Then having to move really sucks.

So lets just assume you are moving for a good reason like your family has grown or you’ve been promoted and assigned a new territory. That’s when the stress and anxiety start to creep in.

Things would really stress me out would be:

  • Where will we live?
  • When will we find time to pack?
  • Who can we trust to help me move?
  • What if I have really big stuff like a grand piano and big screen tv’s
  • Should I have the professionals pack us up or should we do it?
  • You don’t have any of these worries if you have enough money to pay people to do all the work for you.

So first things first you have to connect with a local realtor in the community your moving to. Check a lot of places out, do research on the neighborhoods and make a list of things that are important to you. Seriously everybody loves a list. Then make a decision on where and when.

Boom once that is done then start researching and getting quotes from movers.What I found is that the movers can do everything for you or just plain move your furniture and boxes. If your really cheap then you could do it all yourself with some friends and family but you better be nice and find a way to help them out as well.

Ok so you’ve found some movers the next thing you want to do is have them give you a solid quote and provide an outline of that in writing so as things start to change the money doesn’t get funny. If you have big special stuff like pianos, pool tables, antique furniture or grandfather clocks then you’d best leave that up to the professionals. I personally have used piano movers bucks county when moving my piano and I have to say having them do it was well worth it. After all it is one of my most prized possessions.

There you have it, no reason to get all worried about moving. When you break it down and hire the pros you’ll certainly reduce the anxiety.

 

So I’m heading off to an appointment in West Village and as I’m passing the Mandarin Oriental near Columbus circle this crowd starts to follow this blonde woman who is maybe twenty to thirty feet in front of me, also walking in the same direction I am. I see that she is signing auto graphs and taking selfies with  random people on the street who are approaching her. Obviously this slows her down and I’m somewhat in a hurry and walk right past giving a quick glance to see if it’s someone I recognize and nothing. I’m drawing a blank. I have no idea whom this person is. That’s not really a surprise because I could care less about celebrities and pop culture but this brings up an interesting topic.

Why such infatuation with so called celebrities?

Celebrities and athletes are just people like you and me. Sure they are the best at their given field but does that make them next to godliness? Should we fawn over them like they are superhuman? Should we obsess about there every move and stalk them relentlessly. Should we get there autograph or picture? How about a selfie with them?

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Oooweeeooohhh anything can change. Ok if you don’t get the reference that is from one of the greatest bands of all time the Eagles. Why is this relevant? Well just about anything can happen in a flash in NYC and well for some that can be good and other it means your anxiety level goes off the charts. For example stand on any street corner in NYC for a minute and see what happens.

You’ll probably see more in that minute then good ol John Deer from middle of nowhere Wisconsin will see in his whole life.

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So as you’ll find out through reading more of this blog our team isn’t that keen on living in the city. Sure there are tons of things to do around the clock but that really isn’t that important to us. Eating great food of all types is awesome. Seeing shows on Broadway and at the Metropolitan Opera House is pretty amazing. Grabbing a bite to eat from any number of random street vendors which are on seemingly every street corner in Manhattan is really convenient. Having almost anything and everything delivered is pretty sweet too.

Ok so maybe living in the city isn’t so bad after all…but wait that was all of the great things about the city but there are also quite a few that can really raise the level of anxiety by living here.

Starting off with the financial burden I mean seriously it ridiculously expensive. In fact if we ever move anywhere else we are going to be so freakin jaded people won’t be able to stand us. For example who pays over a thousand dollars a square foot for real estate? Oh yeah that Chinese hedge fund that is happy with little to no yield but is ecstatic to be in a safe asset class. Exhibit A to the reason you might have some increased anxiety while living in the city.

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