How many times have you uttered the words “I’m stressed” or heard them from a friend, family member or coworker? Let’s face it, we’re all stressed. Stress does not discriminate based on age or financial status, everyone is stressed about something.
A stressful life not only causes immediate symptoms but can have some long-lasting effects as well. In order to understand how to alleviate stress, it’s important to identify what is stressing people out and how it affects them.
What Are the Top Stressors For Americans Today?
The American Psychological Association recently conducted an in-depth study titled Stress in America. This study went on to explore Americans perception of their stress, stress by gender, the impact of stress, stress by generation, and stress by city.
Key findings include:
- Only 19% of Americans describe their health care as good quality
- 22% of Americans say their health care provider supports them in managing stress
- Over 31% of people with high stress never discuss stress management with their health care provider
- Millennials report 5.4 as their average stress level on a 10-point scale (National average is 4.9)
- 72% report that their stress level has increased or stayed the same over the past five years
- Only 37% of Americans feel that they’re doing a very good or excellent job of managing their stress
- 66% believe their stress has a moderate, strong or very strong impact on their physical health
- 31% of Americans say that a lack of willpower stands in the way of change
18 Tips for Reducing Daily Stress
The Huffington Post, Mayo Clinic, and Psychology Today have all provided scientifically validated methods for reducing stress. Below are some of the top tips to help you or your employees reduce stress.
- Try Progressive Relaxation
- Try Some Light Yoga
- Listen To Music
- Laugh It Off
- Try Guided Visualization
- Get Active
- Connect with Others
- Assert Yourself
- Get Enough Sleep
- Keep a Journal
- Seek Counseling
- Go Outside
- Take A Deep Breath
- Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR)
- Slow Down
- Listen To Yourself
- Change Your Reactions
Applying These Tips in a Workplace Setting
Your employees may find that some of the tips above are more up their alley than others. Encourage them to find 1-2 new stress relievers over the next 4-6 weeks, commit to doing them and keep a log of their level of stress after they complete the activity. You may be surprised how taking a small amount of time out of each day to relax and decompress can have a dramatic positive impact.