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How Stress Levels Have Changed in the Past 25 Years

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This may not come as much of a surprise, but a new analysis by Carnegie Mellon University confirms that we’re more stressed than ever [USAToday.com].

Researchers analyzed data from more than 6,300 people using the Perceived Stress Scale, a tool that assesses the degree to which life situations are perceived as stressful. They found that stress has increased 18 percent for women and 24 percent for men since 1983. The highest levels of stress were among women, people with lower incomes, and those with less education. The study also found that stress decreases with age, so keep your head up—apparently there are more stress-free days ahead!

So what’s causing our stress? In addition to greater economic pressures, researchers say it’s also harder to turn off the stress-inducing noise around you. “Our culture fosters and thrives on sensory overload, which leads to stress overload,” says Anthony Slater, director of performance at Core Performance. “That’s why it’s important to break up the day with a training session, a group exercise class, or a walk around the office or the block. Exercising not only reduces stress in the body, but it makes us feel strong and empowered.”

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Tags: Women, Health, Stress