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Stress In America


Since 2007, the American Psychological Association has commissioned an annual Stress in America Survey. It measures attitudes and perceptions of stress among the general public and identifies leading sources of stress, common behaviors used to manage stress, and the impact of stress on our lives. You can find the entire survey at apa.org.

The most commonly reported sources of stress include money (64%), work (60%), the economy (49%), family responsibilities (47%), and personal health concerns (46%).

It is estimated American adults experience an average of 50 brief stress response episodes per day. Recent studies show these minor stresses are even better predictors of depression onset and recurrence than are major life stressors.

Reported stress management techniques:
• listening to music 44%
• exercising/walking 43%
• watching television 40%
• surfing the Internet 38%
• do nothing 20%

Stressing over choice: In 1976 there were an average of 9,000 items in our supermarkets; today there are 40,000.

Commonly reported symptoms of stress:
• feeling irritable/angry 37%
• being nervous/anxious 35%
• lacking interest and motivation 34%
• fatigue 32%
• feeling overwhelmed 32%
• depression/sadness 32%

On average, women continue to report a higher level of stress than men: 5.2 vs. 4.5 on a 10-point scale in
2014, compared with 6.3 vs. 6.0 in 2007)

At Medicine Wheel Wellness we have an extremely wide variety of healthy ways to relieve stress. If you're unsure what would work best for you. Click HERE to book your FREE orientation of our facility!

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