We know stress is inevitable. And in small amounts, it can be healthy. With seven out of 10 adults in the U.S. experiencing noteworthy amounts of stress or anxiety daily, however, clearly our habits are harming us. Thankfully, there are simple ways to deal with stress.
Out of those seven out of 10 adults who claimed to have daily stress or anxiety, most revealed that it interferes at least moderately with their lives, according to a survey conducted by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA).
A 2017 study published in the journal Psychiatric Services found that more Americans than ever before are stressed, depressed, or anxiety ridden.
The research found that 8.3 million American adults, which is about 3.4 percent of the U.S. population, suffer from serious psychological distress. Previous estimates put that number at 3 percent or less.
Getting stressed out in traffic or over a deadline is called immediate, short-term stress. This stress can actually be beneficial to your health by helping you to cope with potentially serious situations.
Your body reacts to the stress by releasing hormones. These can speed up your heart and breathing rates, triggering your muscles to take action.