Americans are stressed out. At first glance, you might not notice that most of us are worried about family, money and work. But dig a little deeper and you might be surprised to learn just how many people are feeling overwhelmed. A survey conducted by NPR last year shed some light on this issue.
Almost half of the 2,500 adults who participated in the survey had experienced a major stressful event in the past year. The most common stressors stemmed from health problems, reported NPR. Twenty six percent of participants indicated that they were feeling a great deal of stress.
This survey demonstrates that people aren’t any more or less stressed than they were nearly a decade ago. In 2006, the American Psychological Association paired with the National Women’s Health Resource Center to examine stress and people’s reactions to difficult situations.
Through a phone survey, researchers collected information from more than 2,100 participants in regards to how stressed they were, and if they were succumbing to comforting yet unhealthy habits like overeating, being inactive or smoking.
As stated on the APA’s website, 47 percent of all Americans were concerned with the amount of stress in their lives. Helen Mitternight, assistant executive director of public relations in the Practice Directorate, explained the results.
“Americans are stressed out, and they’re dealing with that stress in an unhealthy way,” said Mitternight.
Mitternight suggested professional help for people who are feeling overwhelmed. Additionally, mental health professionals have stressed the importance of diet and exercise.
Breaking the cycle
The Mayo Clinic explained that working out helps in two ways. First, it’s a distraction from all of your troubles. Whether you’re focusing on your next yoga pose, trying to run another mile or hitting a punching bag, you free your mind from worries. Second, it’s those endorphins! Once you get going, your brain releases happy chemicals that make you feel more ready to tackle the absurdities of the day.
The lingering question is “How do we make ourselves work out more?” The answer is multi-faceted, but sometimes all you need is a little push. Health experts have been saying for years that a sense of responsibility can help get us moving on days when we’d rather lie in bed and eat chocolate.
Remodeling your pool
Maybe it’s time to remodel your swimming pool. It’s a small investment, but you really can’t put a price on health and happiness. Consider calling your Fort Worth, San Diego, Las Vegas or Phoenix pool service professionals.
Here are some small updates that may reduce stress:
- Salt system
- LED lights
- Deck repairs
- Fountains/wok pots.
Clients who are in good standing with the company are eligible for a free salt system, which is a win-win. Any of these updates may ultimately drive you to work out more, because you’ll feel like you’re paid for a service. Additionally, you may like swimming more because the pool looks better. Let’s face it, we all enjoy fitness routines that are held in a comfortable, aesthetically-pleasing environment.
If you’re feeling blue, it’s time to do something about it. You aren’t alone.