Basically, if you’re a Gen X female and you’re married you’re very, very stressed out. Given the fact stress is strongly correlated to things like heart disease and Alzheimer’s, add another lump of worry to the pile.
Generation X Is Stressed Out
Gen-Xers are the most stressed-out generation, with 56 percent feeling frequently irritable or angry and 46 percent suffering stress-induced headaches.
Only 30 percent of people over 65, 47 percent of Boomers, and 43 percent of Millennials frequently feel irritable or angry; 22 percent of over-65s, 35 percent of boomers, and 36 percent of millennials get stress headaches. More than those in other age groups, Gen-Xers respond to stress with unhealthy behaviors such as lying awake at night (49 percent), overeating or eating unhealthy food (48 percent), and drinking alcohol (23 percent). “The most interesting thing about these statistics is that all of the age groups have a high percentage of stressed people,” Winner observes. “If people don’t learn effective ways of dealing with stress, their health may suffer…Excessive stress has been associated with a variety of serious ills, including heart disease and even Alzheimer’s disease.”
How can you learn to more effectively deal with stress? What stresses you out the most?
Check out the 2010 Stress Rankings for Metro Areas to find out the stress level in your city. Oklahoma City fairs well in this contest. We’re in the green zone with a stress index of -5.042 (that’s negative 5)compared to Houston at 2.066; Memphis at 3.493 and Los Angeles at 5.899.
Why do you think Generation X is stressed out?
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