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Stress in Dubai
Posted on Oct 20, 2015 by Travis Jones
If you are working in Dubai, there's a good chance that there is a significant amount of stress in your life. If you feel that your stress may be getting the best of you, you are not alone. Actually, stress has become a major health issue for Dubai in recent years. Read on here to find out more about how stress is affecting professionals in Dubai, as well as steps that you can take to enable yourself to overcome the many stresses that life has on offer.
Unless you are a hermit who lives in a cave far away from modern civilization, it is likely that you suffer from a certain amount of stress. Whether it comes from work, family, relationships, or simply just dealing with society at large on a daily basis, it is likely that you are feeling stress from not just one, but multiple sources. Where this stress really becomes an issue is when it manifests itself in the form of serious health problems. Left unchecked, the stress of daily life can wear down on a person to the point that their very life may become endangered. As a major and bustling area of over 2 million people, Dubai is no safe haven from the stresses of modern society. So how best can you manage your stress to remain in good health? We explore this topic here.
Stress related disease
Stress is already having a major impact on Dubai specifically. This is because stress in the Emirate is combining with other habits to enhance its negative effects on the body. Factors such as smoking, unhealthy eating, and sedentary living are essentially creating a cocktail of unhealthiness that are having lasting effects.
The world renowned Mayo Clinic in the U.S. states that stress can have effects on your body or mood, and what’s worse, you may not even realize that stress is the cause.
Immediate physical and mental effects from stress include:
Lack of focus or motivation
Additionally, stress can even work to alter our behaviors, which could manifest in the forms of social withdrawal, tobacco use, drug or alcohol abuse, over or under-eating, angry outbursts, and more.
Left unchecked, chronic stress and the combination of the above symptoms and behaviors have undoubtedly aided in Dubai’s skyrocketing cardiovascular disease and diabetes numbers, which is even more reason to get your stress under control now, and not wait until some arbitrarily predetermined date to begin addressing it.
In order to get stress under control, physical activity is recommended, and mental exercises are a must. That’s why it comes as no surprise that doctors will recommend activities that often combine the two. These include tai chi, yoga, meditation, and other relaxation techniques. Of course, good old fashioned cardio or weight training can also go a long way in helping someone who is stressed to feel much better.
Stress matters for employers
Work is likely the #1 cause of stress in any developed city. This is not only due to the pressures put on us by the work itself, but also because of the strains that our careers can put on our relationships outside of work. What many employers fail to understand, however, is that it is in their best interest to take steps to avoid or minimize stress. In fact, some employers are starting to realize this point. Earlier in 2015 Middle East Insurance Review reported that employers in the Middle East consider the top lifestyle risk factor to be stress. This was thought to be even more of a risk than, obesity, tobacco use or sedentary living.
One of the challenges for employers that are looking to nip employee stress bud is that employees are inherently unwilling to admit when they are stressed for fear of looking bad. However, any good employer now has to realize that enabling their employees to find a solid work/life balance is going to be the mark of the most attractive companies, and will allow for excellence in employee retention, employee health and productivity. In order to accomplish this, companies can now add wellness features to their group health insurance plan which offer a host of helpful and stress reducing benefits.
Using insurance to manage stress
Many employers have a tough time keeping up with the cost of health insurance. With annual inflation sometimes hovering around 10%, costs can quickly become overwhelming for cash strapped companies, so cuts need to be made somewhere in order to make up the difference. Unfortunately, if wellness benefits are in a company’s current plan, they are one of the best candidates for benefits to be cut in order to lower group insurance premiums. For this reason, it may behoove you to purchase your own independent insurance that includes benefits for stress-mitigating treatments.
It should also be noted that some wellness programs will have the extra benefit of actually lowering insurance premiums. This is because, when used diligently, these programs include such health-improving benefits as smoking cessation, exercise and weight loss. For this reason, you may even be able to convince your employer that adding wellness to your company insurance plan is the smart move in both the short and long term.
If your employer won’t budge, however, it would be wise to partner with an experienced insurance advisor that can guide you to a private health insurance plan that includes a program that can aid in your stress relief. UAE Medical Insurance is always ready and willing to provide insurance advice and provide you with answers to any number of your questions.Contact us today and we can provide you with a free price quote and plan comparison.
Take your time though. No need to get stressed out.