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Wednesday, November 2 2022

National Stress Awareness Day: “Just Can’t Stress This Enough”

National Stress Awareness Day: Every first Wednesday in November is National Stress Awareness Day, an event created by the International Stress Management Association (ISMA) to help identify and reduce stress in your life.

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.

We built a Noteable data notebook to look into some trends solely with no-code visualization.

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.

Stress Manifestation

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

Number of men and women with depression, World, 1990 to 2019

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.

World Data Stress

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.

Stress Nations

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:

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Pierre Brunelle