Stress statistics today say that eight out of ten people say that the economy is a “significant cause of stress,” according to statistics released by the American Psychological Association (APA). However, it is women who are experiencing the brunt of the anxiety statistics. Compared with men, more women say they are stressed about money (83 percent vs. 78 percent), the economy (84 percent vs. 75 percent), job stability (57 percent vs. 55 percent), housing costs (66 percent vs. 58 percent) and health problems affecting their families (70 percent vs. 63 percent).
Top 3 stressors Americans are feeling today:
- Financial Pressures
- Health Issues
- Employment Issues
It is obvious that the economy is exacerbating the stress statistics. Even without additional economic pressures, Americans have always had to manage a certain level of stress. Below we offer relaxation tips to help you manage day to day stress and prevent becoming part of the anxiety statistics.
The APA (American Psychological Association) conducted a survey in 2004 came up with the following stress statistics and anxiety statistics:
- 45% of workers list job insecurity has a significant impact on work stress levels.
- 61% of workers list heavy workloads as a significant impact on work stress levels.
- 54% of workers are concerned about health problems caused by stress.
- 62% of Americans say work has a significant impact on stress levels.
- 73% of Americans name money as the number one factor that affects their stress level.
- 54% of Americans are concerned about the level of stress in their everyday lives.
A majority of us are in a constant state of low grade stress, where adrenaline is constantly being released into our bodies and has become our bodies form of fuel. On top of that we consume, fast foods, processed foods, sugar, and caffeine. Our bodies and our lifestyles have caused many of us to become addicted to foods that over time destroy our digestive systems and overall health. Many of us need to learn how to relax, and below we offer some relaxation tips.
You can make a conscious choice to change your lifestyle and learn to relax more. Creating a new habit is never easy, but after the first 30 days it will seem like a breeze.
Here are some relaxation tips that I would recommend:
Take deep breathes.
Stop, and focus on your breath when you are stressed out or anxious. Anxiety statistics show that stress and anxiety are interrelated. When you feel anxious stop and focus on taking deep breathes.
Practice being calm and creating down time every single day. Try meditation, read, yoga, hot baths, hot steam, massages, walking or light exercise, just sit with a cup of tea and the sunset.
Clean up your body.
Do a liver cleanse, eat at home more, cook your meals, and eliminate, caffeine, alcohol, refined sugars, and processed foods. Take a multivitamin and eat foods high in antioxidants and low on the glycemic index. To learn more about nutritional cleansing click here.Remove toxins in your body, build up your adrenals. Get your adrenals tested to see if they are depleted also find out if you have any mineral deficiencies or allergies that might be affecting your ability to calm down.
Don’t isolate yourself.
Build a strong network of friends, family and community that offer you mutual support and make you feel better after you spend time with them. To learn more ways to relax click here.