Stress now the norm in USA

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Americans are now so used to their worst fears coming true that they are actually feeling less stressed. The national “stress level” has dropped to 5.2 from 6.2 (on a scale of 1 to 10) since 2007.

According to the American Psychological Association people still worry about money, work and relationships but have got used to waking up at 0300 worrying.

This is the new normal according to the American Institute of Stress. All the fears expressed in 2007, when the property bubble burst, have since come true for many people so people are now discounting them. (This is similar in a way to people who are pessimistic and therefore more mentally prepared for bad news).

And now it seems there are generational differences in the way people react to and deal with stress. People under 32 were less stressed about money than their parents but people over 50 saw time running out for them to recover their nest eggs. Younger people say they are more stressed about sex and relationships whereas over-40s are more chilled out about those things.

It is generally recognised that stress is on the increase and that it affects men as well as women.

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3 thoughts on “Stress now the norm in USA

    wartica said:
    January 24, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    It’s not that surprising; in our current system, it’s almost impossible to escape these kinds of stresses. How we handle them – when they get in our way – is the most important thing we need to work on. Great post and I look forward to sharing more with you:))

      sganda said:
      January 24, 2012 at 10:34 pm

      Thanks Jon for your kind comments and good luck with your book. I’m a great fan of Tai Chi and Qigong too and reconnected with it 6 months ago after my old teacher went to live abroad a few years ago. Great for de-stressing.

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