How did you feel yesterday? Did you smile a lot? Did you feel sad? Were you worried? Or angry? Did anything stress you?
These were some of the questions put to 151,000 people in 142 countries across the globe, in a study to measure the world’s emotions.
In 2019, Greece emerged as the most stressed-out country, with 59% of its population experiencing stress. Other countries in the top 10 were Albania, Sri Lanka, and the USA. Overall, the report found that a third of the world’s population is stressed.
The World Health Organisation has called stress a 21st-Century “epidemic”. While stress is normal, it can lead to problems if it goes on for too long. Stress has been linked to a higher risk of heart disease and diabetes. It can also make existing mental health problems worse.
April is Stress Awareness Month, a time to think about ways of coping with stress. Here are three tips to get started:
1. Be active. Regular exercise is a great cure for stress.
2. Take a few minutes to breathe. Calming breathing exercises help with stress, anxiety, and panic – and can be done anywhere.
3. Reach out. If stress is becoming too difficult to manage by yourself, talk to a friend or trusted adult.
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