Americans Are Stressed-Out!

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Feb 01, 2008

Mind-Body-Spirit News

Body-mind fitness professionals may gain more clients by promoting the stress-relieving benefits of mindful exercise, rather than focusing on its physical conditioning effects. One-third of all Americans are living with extreme stress, and 48% believe that their stress levels have increased over the last 5 years, according to the 2007 Stress in America online survey, released by the American Psychological Association (APA). While most Americans believe that stress is a fact of life, almost half think that stress negatively impacts their emotional well-being and physical health.

Americans report a number of physical and psychological symptoms of stress, including fatigue, headache, irritability, muscle tension, anger and nervousness, among others, according to the survey. Approximately half of adults lose sleep from stress and over one-third overeat, choose unhealthy foods or skip meals.

“Stress in America continues to escalate and is affecting every aspect of people’s lives,” says Russ Newman, PhD, JD, APA executive director for professional practice. “The high stress levels that many Americans report experiencing can have long-term health consequences, ranging from fatigue to obesity and heart disease.”

See for more information and a copy of the survey results.

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at