What's Stressing Us Out?

Money, work and the economy are significant sources of stress for a vast majority of Americans today. Despite that the U.S. economy continues to improve, some Americans have been squeezed by stagnant wages, increasing debt and sharp increases in health care costs and the cost of living.

According to a 2014 survey by the American Psychological Association, nearly one-third of Americans say that their finances or lack of money prevent them from living a healthy lifestyle, and one-fifth say that they have either considered skipping or skipped going to the doctor in the past year when they needed health care because of financial concerns.

According to the 2014 Gallup Work and Education Survey, half of full-time workers are putting in more than 40 hours each week, nearly one in five say they clock more than 60 hours each week and 13% of full-time workers have a second job. And for many, more work leads to more stress and an overall lower quality of life. With no time to unwind and relax, spend time with family and friends, enjoy hobbies and generally have a more balanced life, job stress in America may well continue unabated. Other factors contributing to work-related stress include the feeling that with cell phones, email, telecommuting and being “linked in” all the time, workers are on call 24/7. These modern intrusions have breached the wall between work and personal time.