According to a recent study conducted by the American Psychological Association, a spike in U.S. citizens’ stress levels was recorded even after Americans should have left any emotion related to the presidential elections behind for quite a while now. As the researchers pointed out at the time, the main stressor was the politic stage and the actions of the current President. Bad news, stress levels are through the roof, good news, at least Americans do not worry so much about the country’s economy as they used to in the past.
Even so, this does not mean that worries like economy or workplace anxieties have been completely erased. Looking at past survey, researchers identified the main stressors affecting Americans’ well-being.
Monetary worries take first place. According to a National Endowment for Financial Education survey, 78 percent of the country’s population are worried about their finances. No surprises here, as 48 percent of the participants admitted they were living paycheck-to-paycheck. Hence, 53 percent of Americans were feeling tremendous pressure when thinking about saving money, while 44 percent admitted to losing sleep over managing debt worries.
Another great stressor was meeting deadlines. CareerCast researchers revealed that roughly 30 percent of the country’s population are feeling tremendous pressure when asked to meet a certain deadline. Healthcare worries among hospital staffers (who are responsible for the lives of their patients) affected 17 percent of the population, 10 percent of Americans were stressed because of workplace competitiveness, and 8 percent couldn’t cope with their job’s physical demands, found researchers.
Highest levels of stress are naturally associated with most demanding jobs, obviously. Hence, 91 percent of entertainment workers and public safety workers suffered the worst bouts of stress. At the same time, 69 percent of healthcare workers were affected by negative emotions, 89 percent of Americans working in the school system where feeling overwhelmed, and 78 percent of customer service workers were having trouble coping with their job requirements.
Ultimately, a survey published in the summer of 2016 showed that money was the biggest stressor of the past decade, cited by approximately 44 percent Americans, followed by terrorism concerns, cited by 34 percent of the population. For the upcoming decade, the researchers predicted 62 percent Americans will continue to worry about money issues.
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