The United State of Stress 2018 report by Everyday Health has dug up some interesting takeaways about stress. It indicates that stress is rampant across all age groups and genders, particularly, among the age bracket of 25-35. The report concluded by terming stress as an epidemic.
While normal stress is part and parcel of life, this report talks about chronic stress. It is the kind of stress that makes it hard to fall asleep at night, weakens the immune system, and makes it hard to shed the extra weight. Chronic stress also feeds inflammation and opens the way for developing various health concerns.
Main Finding of the Study
The participant pool of this survey totals to 6,700 Americans between the age range of 18 to 64. The main takeaways from the survey include:
- Almost one-third of the respondents said that they visited a doctor due to some stress-related concern
- 51% of the women surveyed said they don’t see friends at all in a given week
- 53% of the folks said that there were paralyzed due to stress and
- 43% opined that they were invigorated by stress
What’s more, it was learned that 59% of the baby boomer have never been diagnosed by a mental health issue. When the survey dove into the causes behind stress, it learned that:
- Job or career-related stress affects over a third of all the survey participants
- Appearance or the way they look makes 51% of the women stressed on a weekly basis, whereas, 28% of the women surveyed confessed that their appearance regularly causes them stress
- Financial issues stress out 52% of the respondents.
Another vital finding of the survey learned that 47% of both male and female respondents said that their response to stress is to take it out on themselves.
What Does This Mean?
These findings help us learn that financial troubles, career or job-related problems, and the way one looks are some of the critical factors that cause stress. What’s more, stress levels are nowhere near going down. People are chronically stressed, which, in turn, takes a toll on their health.
Moving forward: Some ways to reduce stress?
There are several ways to combat stress. Some of these may work for some, while other measures may work effectively for others. However, some things that everyone should try include:
-Practicing better work-life balance: It is important that you divide your work hour and personal hours without letting them interfere with one another.
-Meditate: Meditation and yoga yield several health merits including the ones for your mental health. Consequently, these help reduce stress
-Practice mindfulness: Often stress comes from thoughts of the past or worries of the future. However, mindfulness encourages you to stay in the moment. In doing so, you can give prevailing stress a good fight.
-Exercise: Exercise helps improve blood circulation to the various parts of the body including the brain. At the same time, it stimulates the release of endorphins which help improve mood and fight stress.