Each one of us is surrounded by stress-inducing triggers that implicitly or explicitly affect our mental and physical health.
A survey conducted by the American Psychology Association concluded that most Americans suffer from stress, which has increased by 44 percent in the last five years. Adults and children alike are battling stress daily—this means stress is no longer caused by just a bad day at work or an argument with your partner.
Anything from the environment to schoolwork can trigger individuals and cause stress. Hence, there’s no denying that stress has many faces.
Let’s take a look at some of the common faces of stress.
Women are 28 percent more likely to experience stress than men. Research conducted by The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology reports that this is an amalgamation of several elements such as social responsibilities, financial pressures and even biology.
Social responsibilities such as housework and childcare, which make up the Second Shift – that is, the labor performed at home in addition to the paid work performed in the formal sector – are sources of distress for many women. Studies have shown that women are more likely to experience high-stress days by 19 percent compared to men when it comes to troubles in the household.
The effects of stress are further heightened by female sex hormones, which can have irreversible psychological consequences if left unaddressed.
With age, we are introduced to new stressors. This can be due to accidents, ailments, medical conditions, sleeping issues or the death of a loved one.
In addition to that, older people, just like any other generation, suffer from a unique set of social pressures. Be it career limitations or avoiding situations where there’s a risk of conflict, stress can manifest in virtually any situation.
Other than that, the changing environment, which is drastically different from the world you grew up in, can also be a source of stress for adults and older people.
According to the American Psychological Association, 75 percent of Americans say that work is a major source of stress in their lives.
Some sources of stress at the workplace include trouble balancing work life with social life, being in close proximity to your phones, where your superiors from work can reach you, worrying about getting laid off and looking for other financial means to survive in a highly competitive economic environment, and having anxiety about inflation or other economic factors.
All of these stress triggers have deep-rooted effects on the mind and body. Not only does this hamper one’s productivity, it also increases the likelihood of suffering from long-term chronic conditions such as depression.
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