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Economic Crisis Affects American Well Being

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Economic Crisis Affects American Well Being

  1. Americans Coping With Stress: TrendsSpotting is following the results of the APA summer 2008 survey and presents views and tips for better coping - suggested by the experts:
  2. % Of Americans say they are increasingly stressed about their ability to provide for their family's basic needs.
  3. % Of Americans say that the economy is a major cause of stress.
  4. 88% 66% Apr Sep Source :APA Survey
  5. Male Female 83% 84% 78% 75% 70% 63% 66% 55% 57% 58% Money Job Stability Famiy Health The Economy Housing Cost Problem Source :APA Sept 2008 Survey
  6. Women Stress Report (By Age) Millennials (Age 18-29) Gen Xers (Age 30-43) Boomers (Age 44-62) Matures (Age 63+) 87% 86% 83% 83% 79% 78% 79% 73% 71% 70% 67% 68% 62% 58% 58% 57% 59% 57% 49% 43% Money The Economy Family Health Housing Costs Job Stability Problems Source :APA Sept 2008 Survey
  7. Common Symptoms Of Stress Reported Today more people report physical and emotional 2007 2008 symptoms due to stress than they did in 2007 60% 51% 53% 52% 50% 48% Fatigue Anger/Irritability Awake At Night Source :APA Sept 2008 Survey
  8. Women Report More Stress Symptoms Women were more likely than men to report physical symptoms of stress Female Male 35% 29% 29% 25% 25% 26% 23% 23% 22% 21% 23% 19% 18% 18% 13% 14% 10% 7% Fatigue Lack of Energy Feeling Nervous Headache Indigestion Depressed Muscular Tension Feeling as if Irritability/ anger Crying Source :APA Sept 2008 Survey
  9. % reported overeating or eating unhealthy foods to manage stress Source :APA Sept 2008 Survey
  10. % skipped a meal in the last month because of stress. Source :APA Sept 2008 Survey
  11. Women At Risk.. Female Male 56% 43% 40% 32% 25% 11% Eating Poorly Shopping Napping Source :APA Sept 2008 Survey
  12. Alcoholism.. 18% Almost one-fifth of Americans report drinking alcohol to manage their stress Source :APA Sept 2008 Survey
  13. % Reported Smoking. Source :APA Sept 2008 Survey
  14. Psychologist Katherine Nordal, PhD, APA's Executive Director for Professional Practice quot;The economy is taking an emotional and physical toll on America, especially among women. Many say they are handling their stress well. Yet, people report more physical and emotional symptoms. If Americans continue to experience these high levels of stress for prolonged periods of time, they are at risk for developing serious illnessesquot;.
  15. Managing Stress..APA Tips nderstand how you experience stress dentify your sources of stress.eg. children, family, health, financial decisions, etc earn your own stress signals. ecognize how you deal with stress eg .smoking,
  16. Managing Stress..APA Tips ind healthy ways to manage stress e.g. meditation, exercising or talking things out with friends or family.. ake care of yourself. e.g eat right, get enough sleep, drink plenty of water. Each out for support.e.g. help from supportive friends / family & psychologist
  17. Josh Klapow, clinical psychologist, http://blogs.uab.edu/drjoshk) 1. Take action. quot;Make a family budget, meet with an accountant, trade in a vehicle for a more fuel-efficient model, carpool - do things to help reduce your stressquot; 2. Take a step back. quot;Don't saturate yourself with stressful information. Stay informed, but take a news break. Most people don't need to track the markets minute by minute.“ 3. Stay connected. quot;Don't let the rest of your life dwindle away. Make sure you are paying attention to daily activities: family, friends, social occasions and recreation.quot; 4. Pay attention to yourself. quot;Remember that stress takes a physical toll. Learn meditation and do muscle relaxation. More simply, pay attention to your stress level throughout the day and occasionally breathe slowly and deeply”
  18. Kathleen Zelman WebMD’s Director of Nutrition Notorious Tips: quot;Many people reach for food and eat more often when they're anxious, but it doesn't work in the long run. Under stress, people tend to seek pleasurable foods that are high in fat and sugar, like chocolate or apple pie. Those foods may provide a quot;very short-term calming effect, but that's all you get, because food really can't do anything to help you cope with stressquot;. Zelman's advice: • Find other ways to relax, such as going for a walk, meditating, or listening to music. • Have some healthy snacks on hand. Try nuts, trail mix, or baby carrots and celery; their crunch quot;helps release some of that nervous energyquot; • Keep portions small.
  19. APA Survey Methodology The 2008 Stress in America research was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of the American Psychological Association between June 23, 2008 and August 13, 2008 among 1791 adults aged 18+ who reside in the U.S. For comparison – see previous APA surveys: 2007 indications: http://www.apa.org/releases/stressproblem.html 2007 indications April 2008 indications http://apahelpcenter.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=press_releases&item=51
  20. Insights From Google Trends Americans in search for “stress” related issues Hitting new peaks: September – October 08
  21. Insights From Google Trends Americans are in search of quot;stressquot; – mostly in the north – east part of The United States
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