We all know what it is like to feel stressed and being under pressure is a normal part of life. On 2 November 2022, Stress Awareness Day highlighs the ways that stress can affect people and what you can do to manage your stress before it becomes a problem.
What is Stress?
Stress can be defined as any type of change that causes physical, emotional or psychological strain. Stress is your body’s response to anything that requires attention or action. Everyone experiences stress to some degree. The way you respond to stress, however, makes a big difference to your overall well-being. Source: WHO.
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What does the Data Say?
You can find exciting statistics at gostress which is the home of the Global Organization for Stress.
Top Facts About Stress 🤓
- 75% of adults reported experiencing moderate to high-stress levels in the past month and nearly half reported that their stress has increased in the past year – American Psychological Association.
- Stress levels in the workplace are rising with 6 in 10 workers in major global economies experiencing increased workplace stress. With China (86%) having the highest rise in workplace stress – The Regus Group
- 80% of workers feel stress on the job, and nearly half say they need help learning how to manage stress. And 42% say their co-workers need such help – American Institute of Stress.
Statistics on stress in America from 2007 to 2010 shows that Money and Work are the primary sources of stress have have negatively affected people.
Stress Magnitude and Symptoms: Physical Effects of Stress on the Body
If we look into the main manifestations of stress, we can see that Irritability & Anger and Fatigue or Low Energy are leading the charge. Irritability & Anger can often cause unexpected mood swings.
If we want to look at the distribution among men and women to see if it’s equally impacted across genders we realize two things:
- The growth rate is pretty similar across men and women
- Women seem more impacted in general than men, knowing that the number of men and women in the world is roughly equal, though men hold a slight lead with 102 men for 100 women (in 2020). More precisely, out of 1,000 people, 504 are men (50.4%) and 496 are women (49.6%). Source: ined.fr
If we try to look at the world to get the big picture and see who’s the most affected in terms of countries, we realize that it’s difficult to draw any conclusion as it’s proportional to the population size.
Gallup, a Management consulting company, ran a survey in 2018 which gives is the list of the most stressed nations, based on the percent of the population who reported experiencing stress. We notice that most nations are from the Southern Hemisphere.
Self-help advice to manage stress
- Maintain a daily routine
- Sleep Adequately
- Connect with others
- Eat Healthy
- Maintain Good Physical Health
- Exercise Regularly
- Minimize news feeds
- Be aware of your Mental Health
If you feel stressed, you can also take the Stress Mastery Questionnaire (SMQ) from the American Institute of Stress. The National Mental Health Crisis Helpline is another resource to help guide you through stress.
You can learn more with the following research:
- Stress. American Psychological Association
- Gender and Stress. American Psychological Association
- Stress in America 2020. American Psychological Association
- Stress in America 2018. American Psychological Association
- Stress in America 2017. American Psychological Association
- Stress in America 2015. American Psychological Association
- Americans‘ stress, worry, and anger intensified in 2018. Gallup
- Eight in 10 Americans afflicted by stress. Gallup
- 42 worrying workplace stress statistics. The American Institute of Stress
- Mental health. Our World in Data
- Workplace stress continues to mount. Korn Ferry
- Worplace Stress. American Institute of Stress
- Effects of stress on the development and progression of cardiovascular disease. Nature Reviews Cardiology
- Work stress precipitates depression and anxiety in young, working women and men. Psychological Medicine
- The relationship between workplace stressors and mortality and health costs in the United States. Management Science
- Homework Wars. Princeton Review
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