Although everyone is probably already very aware of the existence of stress, the APA’s Stress in America 2013 survey shows that, in the U.S. at least, stress is on the increase in recent years and far too many adults and teens are not aware of healthy coping mechanisms or ways to decrease their stress.
“Adults are living with stress that is higher than what they believe to be healthy and that they are not having much success at managing or reducing their stress.
- Forty-two percent of adults report that their stress level has increased, and 36 percent say their stress level has stayed the same over the past five years.
- Sixty-one percent of adults say that managing stress is extremely or very important, but only 35 percent say they are doing an excellent or very good job at it.
- Forty-four percent of adults say they are not doing enough or are not sure whether they are doing enough to manage their stress, but 19 percent say they never engage in stress management activities.
- Money (71 percent), work (69 percent) and the economy (59 percent) continue to be the most commonly reported sources of stress.”(APA)
It’s well established that chronic stress exacerbates health, communication and performance problems.
- “Employees with high stress have 46% higher health costs” (JOEM 2009)
- “61% of the workforce is impacted by chronic stress, resulting in $300 billion of lost productivity” (HERO).
Some helpful guides to stress management include:
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