Stress is a huge problem today--both at work and at home. According to the American Institute of Stress, 40 percent of workers reported that their job was very or extremely stressful, and 25 percent of workers consider their jobs to be the #1 stressor in their lives.
But, not all countries are created equal. According to the results of a Gallup survey released yesterday, "more Americans were stressed, angry and worried last year than they have been at most points during the past decade."
However, while it's in the top 10 most-stressed countries in the world, the United States is not the worst. Here are the top-10 most-stressed countries in 2018 according to the Gallup survey:
- Sri Lanka
- United States
- Costa Rica
In fact, when Gallup asked people about how they felt the previous day, the majority of Americans (55 percent) in 2018 said they had experienced stress during "a lot" of the day.
The majority of Americans (55%) in 2018 said they had experienced stress during a lot of the day, nearly half (45%) said they felt worried a lot and more than one in five (22%) said they felt anger a lot. https://t.co/kZxAQYzMMr pic.twitter.com/gxW3mQ3k8c-- GallupNews (@GallupNews) April 25, 2019
And while there is plenty of stress to go around, there's also a lot of anger. The United States didn't make the top-10 list for most angry populations in 2018, these countries did:
- Palestinian Territories
The overall trend is not good. Said Gallup, "The world took a negative turn in 2017, with global levels of stress, worry, sadness and pain hitting new highs."
How stressed out are you feeling? If stress is overwhelming you, there are things you can do to defuse it. Take charge of stress instead of letting it take charge of you.