The American Psychological Association’s annual Stress in America survey was released today.
The good news: Overall, Americans report experiencing less stress
The bad news: Younger Americans and parents tend to report more stress – particularly about money – than other Americans
Now, this is no great surprise. Young adulthood is a super-expensive time in life. First cars, first homes, student loans, babies: all these things combined with relatively low, early-career salaries combine to make money tight in a lot of young households. What is surprising is that the APA survey found that younger, stressed out Americans tend to manage their stress in unhealthy ways when compared to other groups. This might mean drinking too much alcohol or engaging in sedentary activities for too much time (surfing the internet or watching TV).
The real bummer is that we know chronic, high levels of stress are no good for our health in the long term. In fact, high levels of stress can lead to depression, cardiovascular disease, and all sorts of other things.