This week the American Psychological Association released the results of its annual Stress in America survey, a national survey regarding stress in the United States. This year’s report places a key focus on the stress experience of teens. I invite you to read the full report, but I will note a few summary points here.
Teen stress levels higher than they consider healthy
Teens estimate that a healthy level of stress is a 3.9 on a 10-point scale. However, they report that their stress averages a 5.8 during the school year and a 4.6 during the summer months, with just about one in three indicating that their stress has increased in the past year. Teens report that their top sources of stress are school (83 percent), concerns about life after high school (69 percent) and worries about their family having enough money (65 percent).
While more than half of teens indicate that managing stress is important, only 41 percent believe they are doing a …[Read More]
Tomorrow the American Psychological Association releases the results of its annual Stress in America survey. Since 2006, we’ve been surveying American adults, and sometimes children, about what is causing their stress, how they manage it, and what affect it has on their health.
This year, we also surveyed teenagers. There has been a lot of talk lately about teens and health. This new survey continues that conversation.
Look for our survey report tomorrow, as well as new tip sheets related to the survey findings.
Related to the survey, is a new animated video we’re releasing on stress and how psychologists and primary care providers can work together to help people better tame their stressors. Here’s a Vine preview. The full video will be on our YouTube page.
Join us for this important conversation! Follow us at @APAHelpCenter, ask your questions and make comments tagging your messages with #stressAPA.
And on Thursday, Feb. 13, at 8 p.m. EST, hop onto Facebook and take …[Read More]
With temperatures plunging to record lows and with the continual barrage of cold, snow, and wind over the last several weeks, it’s no wonder that many people may be feeling irritable, helpless and even a bit sad right now.
Every year at this time, right after the holidays are over, many people experience the winter weather blues. The difference is this year, some may feel a bit worse, especially if living in parts of the midwest, north and northeast United States where the cold and snow are adding insult to injury.
Just when people thought they were going to go back to normal schedules and routines after the holiday break, it’s all changed, with work and school closings, transportation delays, and the kids home for several days. Then there’s the unbearable cold and constant snow, which make it difficult to get out of the house. These things can add to feelings of helplessness or …[Read More]
Gift buying season is in full swing. If you pay careful attention to ads and TV commercials, you’ll notice how little focus is on the product itself. Instead you are drawn to images of people and their warm interactions with one another–all designed to appeal to your emotions.
Whether the advertiser is selling fruitcake or diamonds, the message is the same: The recipient of your gift will be delighted, and you will be the hero of the moment. On TV and online, background music is engineered to deepen your emotional involvement in the ad, further increasing your desire to buy the advertised product.
The images in the ads imply that purchasing the product will make you a better parent, a more thoughtful spouse, or a more special friend–and who doesn’t want that? It’s a very strong emotional message that appeals to one’s insecurities. People fall for this ploy every day, buying things for others in order to feel better about themselves.
Holiday gifts are overrated
One thing …[Read More]