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What’s stressing you out?

If you thought people in this country have seemed more stressed this year than usual, the American Psychological Association (APA) has a new study that says you’re right.  Every year, the APA surveys people and reports what stressors are getting to people of which generations. The study released this month is called Stress in America(TM) 2020.  And this year, the results are different.  This year, the APA says,

We are facing a national mental health crisis that could yield serious health and social consequences for years to come.

  • Concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic and the future of the country are the two paramount stressors.
  • More people have now died in the US–215,000– than in World War 1 (nearly 117,000), the Vietnam War (over 58,000), and the Korean War (nearly 37,000) combined.  People are staggered by the sheer enormity of the pandemic and its social and financial consequences.
  • Gen Z teens (ages 13-17) and Gen Z adults (ages 18-23) are facing unprecedented uncertainty, are experiencing elevated stress and are already reporting symptoms of depression.
  • People say these issues are stressing them:  health care, mass shootings, climate change/global warming, the rise in suicide rates, immigration, widespread sexual harassment/assault reports in the news, and the opioid/heroin epidemic.
  • People say they feel tension in their bodies and are more likely, this year, to get angry quickly, to snap or even yell at a family member.
  • Hope for the future helps people feel stress less deeply.

Not directly mentioned in the APA report is the fact that people with a firm basis of Peace Within (yes, check out my book, below) are less likely to be stressed, to be shaken, or to lose their cool.  If you have a deep, calm center, it’s crucial to cultivate that Peace Within and to touch in with it often. In these challenging times, remember, everyone you see is also dealing with the massive stress that you and your family are.  So maintain your personal peace, stay aware of others’ challenges, and give thanks for the Go(o)d.  Just do your best.  This too shall pass.

And that’s Healthy Happy Loving Lifesm!  Are you in?

Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert and award-winning author who celebrates life.  She also has a longtime natural healing practice and is an ordained minister. Among her books are: Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br), Inspirations for Peace Within:  Quotes and Images to Uplift and Inspire, and Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine.  The books are available on Amazon and through Kebba’s office.   To email us, kebba@kebba.com .

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