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In today's fast-paced and ever-connected world, stress has become a fact of life. Stress can cause people to feel overwhelmed or pushed to the limit. The American Psychological Association's 2018 "Stress in America" poll found nearly two-thirds of adults (64 percent) reported being stressed about money and work. This year a newly-added question that asked about other sources of stress showed that for adults who make up Generation Z, more than three in 10 cited significant sources of stress in their personal debt (33 percent) and housing instability (31 percent). Three in 10 (28 percent) cited hunger or getting enough to eat. Another important survey finding was that nearly one-quarter (24 percent) of adults identified discrimination as a significant source of stress, the highest percentage since this survey element was first included in 2015. In 2018, black adults (46 percent) and Hispanic adults (36 percent) reported discrimination as a significant source of their stress, as compared with 14 percent of white adults. While low to moderate levels of stress can be good for you when managed in healthy ways, extreme stress takes both an emotional and physical toll on the individual.
With the consequences of poorly managed stress ranging from fatigue to heart disease and obesity, it is important to know how to recognize high stress levels and take action to handle it in healthy ways. Being able to control stress is a learned behavior, and stress can be effectively managed by taking small steps toward changing unhealthy behaviors.
APA offers the following tips on how to manage your stress:
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