Stress and Your Health

Ever feel like you just can’t keep up?  Well, you’re not alone!  A recent study was done by NPR,  the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard School of Public Health titled “The Burden of Stress in America” and they found that over half of Americans describe themselves as “stressed out.”   

The study was conducted on 2,505 people regarding this issue of stress.  You can read the full report by clicking here, but some of the notable findings were that:

  • 49% of people describe “a major stressful event of experience” in the last year alone
  • 43% of the above people stated that this event had to do with their health or the health of a loved one


  • 34% of parents of teenagers reported having “a great deal of stress” in the last month (very close to the same number of single parents)
  • 48% of these teenage parents were women who said the health of family members were stressing them out
  • 25% of men reported the health of family members was stressing them out


  • 40% of those polled said that typical daily tasks like cleaning and laundry stress them out
  • 44% said hearing the news contributed to their stress levels

Yikes!  As if respondents weren’t already stressed out enough, they were asked even more questions!  The good news is that the next section of the study focused on the very best and most effective ways to manage the stressors above.  So, how do we avoid stress like this?  Check out these results:

  • Spending time outdoors  94%
  • Spending time on a hobby  93%
  • Exercising  89%
  • Spending time with a pet  87%
  • Meditating or praying  85%
  • Spending time with family or friends  83%
  • Taking time off work  79%
  • Getting a full night’s sleep  76%
  • Using prescription medication  70%
  • Receiving professional help  65%
  • Eating healthfully 63%


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