Happy Stress Day! Just kidding, it’s National Stress Awareness Day. As if we weren’t all aware that we are way too stressed…all the time. In fact, it’s a big – and well known – problem. Big enough that the American Psychological Association is ringing alarm bells, and spreading awareness on the lesser known epidemic affecting our country. “Stress in America” is a survey that is conducted annually to keep track of Americans’ stress levels.
Let’s just say the results are grim.
The APA says, “We are facing a national mental health crisis that could yield serious health and social consequences for years to come.”
That’s not exactly what you want to hear, is it? However, this probably isn’t surprising news. The report outlines several major causes of stress that are plaguing our country, including:
- Health care
- Mass shootings
- Climate change/global warming
- Rising suicide rates
- Widespread sexual harassment/assault reports
- The opioid/heroin epidemic
65% of adults say the current uncertainty in the nation causes them stress, and 77% say the future of our nation is a significant source of stress. Not-so-fun fact: Generation Z adults (ages 18-23) report the highest stress levels, which makes sense considering they are experiencing their first taste of adulthood in a highly uncertain climate.
All this isn’t exactly painting a pretty picture…what can we do about it?
The answer lies in specific and targeted stress management. It’s important to address YOUR particular stressors. What keeps you up at night? What makes you wonder if everything is going to be okay? Start there. This page offers various suggestions to better face uncertainties.
All in all, we think it comes down to building emotional resiliency. Be kind to yourself, to others, and to the world. Take time for yourself, develop new skills, and celebrate past successes and small wins.
In other words, find your calm amidst the chaos.