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Most Filipinos believe their job or studies is their top source of stress.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) What causes the most stress for
To get an idea, we asked CNN Philippines readers through an open
online poll.
From over 200 respondents, around 23 percent cited their job or studies
as their main source of stress.
A large share of the 23 percent said they experience stress because of
their bosses or supervisors. One male reader answered poor
management at work. Others blamed it on job demands such as
deadlines and being behind schedule, while some attributed it to their
Meanwhile, almost 15 percent said being stuck in traffic dealt them a
great amount of stress.
The horrific traffic, the floods, the never ending all year round road
repairs, pointed out one reader. Another person ranted about
disobedient motorists or people who do not follow rules.
Related: How to keep calm while stuck in traffic
Some 14.5 percent of the respondents said money financial
uncertainty, lack of budget, credit card and utility bills made them
The other reasons that cause stress for Filipinos are: personal
relationships (12.46 percent), life changes such as pregnancy or a

death of a loved one (4.15 percent), health reasons (2.67 percent) and
social media (1.19 percent).

Infographic by Yla Corotan

According to Dr. Ronaldo Elepao, a psychiatrist of The Medical City, the

cause of stress varies for each individual.

The feeling of being stressed is different from person to person. The

trick is identifying whats stressful to you, Elepao said in an episode of
CNN Philippines' MedTalk.
Some people are enjoying work more than others, others dont like work.
There are identified types of work that can be more stressful than others,
especially those that are put in the line of fire like in the military or a fire
Elepao said, however, that most of the time the reason behind work
stress is the job itself or the relationships that go along with it.
Can we get rid of stress? The answer is we cannot.
Stress is a vital part of ones life. If you are living a life without stress,
you need to strike a balance, said the doctor. No stress means no
But there are ways or activities that one can do to manage their stress.
There are a million ways to manage stress, but pick one that appeals to
you, said Elepao. The most basic is deep breathing its something
you can do and you dont have to spend much time for. Its a precursor
for stress management techniques.
Read: 5 ways you can deal with stress
Another helpful method is to practice mindfulness.
(You should) be more aware of your thoughts and feelings, said
Elepao. Focus on the here and now. If you distract yourself with so
many thoughts, you actually create more stress in your head.

People who believe their job causes them the most stress should change
the way they approach work, Elepao advised.
When you come in to the office thinking its going to be very stressful,
then you actually encourage the stress to creep in and pile up in your
psyche, said Elepao. The idea is to look at the work environment as
something different.
More importantly, taking some time off work will immensely help reduce
ones stress levels.
People dont really see the value of taking vacations until theyre pushed
to the wall, until they start feeling something, Elepao added. They
really need to have me time to somewhat recover from the stressful
environment theyre in.



Filipinos most stressed-out in Asia -- survey

By Kate V. Pedroso
Inquirer Research
Posted date: July 13, 2007

MANILA, Philippines -- Contrary to the popular belief that Filipinos are the most laid-back in Asia, a
survey across seven countries showed that they are in fact the most stressed-out people in the region.
The first Asia Health Survey conducted by Readers Digest and Nielsen Media Research found that
more than two out of five Filipinos (43 percent) said they were affected by stress.
Residents of Hong Kong reported the second highest incidence of stress while those in India were the

least stressed-out (22 percent), according to the survey. The regional average is 30 percent.
The survey conducted in August 2006 involved 24,000 respondents in seven Asian countries -- the
Philippines, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. Respondents were asked
questions pertaining to their health and ailments, use of medicines and remedies, their views on
hospital care and overseas medical care, among other things.
Three out of five Filipinos surveyed (60 percent) claimed they enjoyed good health --slightly ahead of
the Asian average of 57 percent. Even so, Filipinos reported the highest level of illness in their
households, according to the survey.
Heart and sight problems, arthritis and tuberculosis were likewise found to be more prevalent in the
Philippines than in the other markets surveyed, Readers Digest said in a statement.
Stick to native diet
If people stuck to their native diet of fish and vegetables, they would be all right, said Dr. Antonio
Sibulo of St. Lukes Medical Center in Quezon City.
But Western fast food is much more appealing and those foods have higher cholesterol and fat levels.
Particularly in urban areas, cholesterol levels are on the high side, Sibulo explained.
In rural areas, we see more rheumatic heart ailments; in the cities, more cardiovascular complaints
and coronary heart disease, he said.
Slightly more than seven of 10 Filipinos surveyed (71.1 percent) said they had high blood pressure,
and nearly four out of five (79.5 percent) said they were worried about it.
Other ailments affecting Filipinos included arthritis (56.4 percent), high cholesterol (54.6 percent),
sight problems (52.1 percent), weight problems or obesity (39.3 percent) and diabetes (38.9 percent).
Filipinos were also worried about high cholesterol (70.8 percent) and diabetes (70 percent). While only
10.6 percent of Filipino respondents had cancer, it ranked fourth (51.4 percent) among the ailments
that worried them.
The findings were presented in the first Asian Health Forum held at the Hilton Hotel in Singapore last
Top health concerns
The survey found that urbanites across Asia are concerned about their health but are confused about
what they should be worried about and where to turn to for answers.
What we found was that urban Asians are quite confused and, frankly, scared about their health,
Readers Digest Asia editor in chief Jim Plouffe said. This became the basis of Readers Digests first
Asian Health Forum at which we hope to address these fears and attempt to find solutions.
Across Asia, close to half of all the respondents said they were in the pink of health while 40 percent
rated their health as average or below average. A mere 5.8 percent of respondents said they were in
excellent health.
Among the top concerns of Asians are high blood pressure (65 percent), high cholesterol (62 percent),
diabetes (61 percent), cancer (46 percent) and weight problems (46 percent).

High blood pressure is the top ailment affecting Asians, with 60 percent saying they were afflicted with
the illness.
Forty-four percent said they had a high cholesterol level, 40 percent reported sight problems, 40
percent reported weight problems and 37 percent said they had diabetes.
US for medical treatment
The survey also found that respiratory problems were the top reason (81 percent) Asians consulted a
Four in 10 Asians (41 percent) indicated that they did not have medical insurance, while about a
fourth (25 percent) seldom or never went for medical checkup.
Regarding the preferred overseas destination for medical treatment of Asians, the United States
topped the list (80 percent), while Singapore came in second (44 percent).