Heart palpations. Anxiety. Upset stomach. Stressed the heck out! I’ll never forget feeling this way at work. I didn’t know what would happen first, either my heart was going to jump straight out of my chest or the volcano festering in my belly was about to erupt. No good could possibly come from either outcome.
My story is not unique. According to a study, 37% of women feel stressed at work. This rate becomes increasingly alarming when you understand that women who rate their jobs as highly demanding and stressful are at an increased risk of heart attack, stroke or dying from heart disease.
Top 3 Things Your Husband MUST Know If You Are Stressed At Work
1 How He Can Support You
Sometimes as women, we take on way too much and this leads us to feel overwhelmed. Talk to your husband and explain to him exactly what it is that has you stressed. Is it your job role? Is it work-life balance? Identify any tasks at home that you have that can be shared or delegated to your husband in order to reduce your stress levels. Discuss your next steps for eliminating work stress. Do you want to move to a new employer, switch fields or build your own business? Together, create a plan for your transition into a work life and home balance that is more desirable for you.
2 “What’s Best And Highest For You Is Best & Highest For Everyone Around You,” Marie Forleo
Famed life coach Marie Forleo, couldn’t have said it any better. When you are at your best and highest, you are able to perform work, nurture, and serve others with exuberant joy and enthusiasm. You can’t operate at full capacity as a mother, wife, or help-mate if you are running on an empty tank. Being happy with your work life and running on a full tank will undoubtedly benefit your entire household. It will also keep you healthier and increase your longevity. Your husband must understand this so that he can be fully committed to helping you transition to a work-life better suited for you.
3 How to Perform CPR
Does your husband know how to perform CPR? Over 380,000 people suffer an out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) every year and an astounding 88% of those occur in the home! African-Americans are almost twice as likely to experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in another public location than Caucasians, and their survival rates are twice as poor as for Caucasians.
Victims often appear to be very healthy and have no known heart disease or even any risk factors. Did you know that statistically speaking, if you are asked to perform CPR in an emergency, the life you’d save is likely that of a loved one?
National CPR Awareness Week is June 1 – 7, 2014. As an American Heart Association Blogger Ambassador, I want you to know that Hands-Only CPR has just two simple steps:
1) If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, call 9-1-1;
2) Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the classic Bee Gees’ song “Stayin’ Alive.” Watch this video to learn more about Hands-Only CPR.
Heart disease is the number one killer of women. While the linkage between work stress and heart disease is still being researched, we should all be aware that the female heart reacts differently to stress than the male heart. Self-care is the best care, but sometimes we need the care of others in order to thrive. Our loved ones should be equipped not only to support our dreams but to also rescue us in our deepest times of need.