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"Stress in America" Survey

A new "Stress in America" survey is out this week. The annual report seeks to find how stressed out adults and teens are over the course of the year and what's causing it.
Scranton, Luzerne County - A new "Stress in America" survey is out this week.  The annual report seeks to find how stressed out adults and teens are over the course of the year and what's causing it. 

Brianna Muller, a Marywood University Junior, explains what stresses her out,  "mostly school work and trying to make sure I get everything done on time and making sure I have enough time to study for exams and stuff like that."  "Lot of homework," adds Jovanne Morales, also a Marywood University Junior.  Michael Kenah says "balancing your social life and doing your homework and trying to balance everything can be very overwhelming at times."

Results for the American Psychological Association's "Stress in America" survey are out and this year the findings show teens and young adults have a high level of stress.  Professor of Psychology Dr. David Palmiter says "on a 10 point scale they identified that 3.9 would be the point of unacceptable stress, but they rate their own stress during the school year as a 5.6."  He adds the worries of teens are similar to adults, saying "about 89% report school as their top stress, about 69% say worries about what will happen after school, and about 65% worries about finances in their family.  Which is not at all different from what adults worry about."

So how do you bring that stress level down?  Students at Marywood University say socializing is key.  "Try to relax, hang out with friends, and just kind of take everything one step at a time," says Kenah.  Muller says "I just like to hang out with my friends or I go to the gym and work out all the excess energy I have from being stressed."

Dr. Palmiter says parents can help as well, "I think I want to spend that 1 hour a week with my kid, just one on one time, listening, and talking.  I think prioritizing empathy over instruction."  He adds there are simple steps to build a stress free foundation, "getting a good night's sleep, eating a balanced diet, and physical activity.  Built on top of it can be having novel fun that's social."

If you're interested in learning more or have question about how to reduce your stress, the American Psychological Association is holding a Facebook discussion Thursday night.
Click here for that link.

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