Ask Dr. Joy: Stress in America Part 4

By WEEK Producer

June 26, 2013 Updated Jun 26, 2013 at 5:51 PM CDT

Where you decide to live may affect your level of stress, or so says the recent study conducted by the American Psychological Association called “Stress in America.”

What can we learn about our stress related to where we live?
* Luckily, living right in Illinois we are more prone to lower stress levels that those in the East or West.
* Midwestern residents have the lowest stress levels.
* 19 percent of those in the Midwest see themselves at extreme levels of stress compared to 26 percent of those in the East and West.

What else do we know about regional differences?

Midwesterners say:
* Money is their number one stresser (74 percent)
* Work (65 percent)
* Economy (65 percent)

* 39 percent of Midwesterners say they stay awake at night due to stress, less than the rate in 2011 (46 percent).
* 37 percent of Midwesterners say they overeat or eat unhealthy foods, less than the rate in 2011 (44 percent).
* Midwesterners are more likely than any other region to say that they feel that willpower is preventing them from making important changes due to stress in their lives.
* But, they are one of the most likely to state that counseling would impact their life in a very productive fashion (46 percent).

Next week we will look at some proven techniques to lowering our stress levels.

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