More than eight in 10 Americans (83 percent) say that the future of the country is a significant source of stress in their lives, the surveys found.
Three-quarters of the people surveyed said they were sleeping longer on most nights — from 25 to 51 minutes more.
“If you’ve had a heart attack or stroke, or are affected by another heart condition, I would strongly recommend adding tai chi to your recovery and rehabilitation,” says Ruth Taylor-Piliae, one of the study’s authors.
Almost half (46 percent) of American parents are experiencing a high level of stress during the pandemic, compared with 28 percent of non-parents. Pandemic-related stress is also having a disproportionate effect on communities of color.
“We thought that with the economic uncertainty, life might be more stressful for younger adults,” said researcher David Almedia. “But we didn’t see that. We saw more stress for people at mid-life.”
While the Training Institute’s classes are usually designed to provide continuing education credits for mental health professionals, this course was created with laypeople in mind.
The article in BPS Research Digest, a blog that summarizes the latest research on the brain and behavior, is a follow-up to one published last year on the 10 psychological findings that reveal the worst of human nature.
Men expressed elevated levels of anxiety and stress when they were the sole source of their family’s income. Those distress levels declined, however, when wives were working — but only when the women’s earnings did not exceed 40 percent of household income.
In this year’s “Stress in America” survey by the American Psychological Association, 71 percent of Americans said mass shootings are a significant source of stress.
The study found that one in five Americans claims politics has damaged at least one of their friendships.
The report, which is based on more than 151,000 interviews conducted in 143 countries, found that Americans were among the most stressed-out people in the world last year.
A team of researchers from Johns Hopkins University found that people who care for a family member or loved one with a serious illness have only an “extremely small” risk of inflammation and weakening of the immune system.
“Our study shows that for the greatest payoff, in terms of efficiently lowering levels of the stress hormone cortisol, you should spend 20 to 30 minutes sitting or walking in a place that provides you with a sense of nature,” writes says MaryCarol Hunter, the study’s lead author.
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Higher levels of cortisol were also associated with less volume in certain areas of the brain. Cortisol’s production in the body increases in response to stress.
Helping family caregivers take care of themselves is an urgent and growing health issue.
Staying off Facebook for just five days appears to reduce the amount of cortisol — a measure of stress — circulating in people’s bodies, according to a recent Australian study.
The study also found that menopause was not a strong factor in how much stress midlife women feel.
Middle-aged and older adults experienced higher-than-expected increases in blood pressure and blood glucose levels in the aftermath of the recession.
Not surprisingly, the survey also found that Americans are conflicted about keeping up with the news — because of the stress it can cause.