Is “stressed out” the new normal?
Stress is so commonplace in American culture that a Google search generates millions of results with essays, opinions and missives on what stress does and what it is doing to us.
Since its inception, the Stress in America™ survey has explored the place that stress has in American life and the impact it is having on our health and wellness. Survey findings illustrate a scenario in which Americans consistently experience stress at levels higher than what they think is healthy. And while the average level of stress may be declining, people have a hard time achieving personal stress management goals — many still report extreme stress (an 8, 9 or 10 on a 10-point scale) and even more say their stress has increased in the past year.