Hanna Kim - 10/26/2018
Life Is Stressful for Many Americans
Americans are stressed about many things and rightfully so, with the current political climate bringing about uncertainty and exacerbating day-to-day stressors. According to the American Psychological Association’s (APA) 2018 Stress in America report, the most common stressors today are the future of our nation (63%), money (62%), and work (61%). Moreover, the APA found more respondents reporting feeling stress in 2017, marking the first statistically significant increase in ten years of annual surveys.
Reducing stress starts with awareness. Our bodies know when we’re stressed, even if our minds may not always be entirely attuned to it. Stress can come up in our bodies in many ways, differing from person to person. Often, stress can increase pre-existing health conditions. Some common signs and symptoms of stress to look out for include:
Have you found yourself feeling not hungry at all, despite missing multiple meals? Or perhaps you feel yourself craving more food, especially those that are high in salt, fat, or sugar? One study of college women found that in times of stress, 81% of these women experienced a change in appetite, with 62% experiencing an increase, and 38% a decrease (3).
Look out for the different ways stress may manifest in your body. Treating stress, which may be the heart of the issue, instead of only the surface symptoms may help you more significantly improve your health. A daily mindfulness ritual can help you learn to recognize and let go of stress.
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