Stress In America: How Does It Affect You?

It’s 6 am and the sound of the morning alarm blares from your phone. You quickly silence it- maybe even hit snooze. Your plans of slowly easing into the day are derailed by the notifications waiting in your inbox.

You scroll through the list and start prioritizing as you try to plan your day. One thing leads to another and you feel the stress start to build. If you think this sounds like another normal workday, then you’re not alone.

In fact, the World Health Organization said stress has become a ‘World Wide Epidemic”. And, even though we all have personal definitions of stress, we can all agree it affects us in one way or another. The strain and tension that builds up and causes people to feel overwhelmed or burnout is far too familiar.

But, have you noticed how some people are able to face stress and challenges in life with strength while others crumble at the mere thought of adversity?

Building Resilience

One of the greatest tools we can use to combat stress is personal resilience. Resilience is something that’s learned through trials and tribulations. It’s the ability to recover from difficulties and move forward in life. As the saying goes, “It’s not how many
times you fall, but how many times you get back up.”

We can all work on becoming more resilient. To start, try recognizing setbacks and failures as bumps in the road instead of paralyzing events. Don’t beat yourself up or take away from your self-worth just because you made a mistake. Resilient people learn how to focus on positivity and expend energy on things they can control in life.

The Downward Spiral of Chronic Stress

Temporary stress is a normal part of life. For example, feeling nervous before a big presentation or deadline is one thing. The problems start when that feeling doesn’t go away. In the end, chronic stress can really bring people down and trigger anxiety
disorders that encompass more than just temporary worry or fear.

Roughly 40 million Americans suffer from anxiety. With the right treatment and care, anxiety disorders are treatable and can be well managed. Unfortunately, we live in a world centered around stress. It’s become more of the norm.

If you or someone you love feels constantly stressed, anxious, or depressed, don’t be afraid to reach out for help and support. You can learn to manage stress and live a healthy and fulfilling life!

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