Raise your hand if the holidays have you stressed out. If you raised both hands and a foot, you may feel as though you have the weight of the world on your shoulders — and you might be right! Thanks to a nifty online tool, you can put your worries in perspective by learning how heavy your life's burdens are. And maybe learning that your stress weighs as much as two fridges strapped to your back will be enough of a wake-up call to finally convince you to relax.
Liverpool Victoria (LV=), an insurance firm in the U.K., created a questionnaire that asks users to rate their stress levels regarding topics like health, money, family, world affairs, and career. Using that information, LV= determines what your stress load weighs.
In their survey of 2,000 British adults, LV= found that money was the most common worry. The U.S. mirrored those results, with 61 percent of Americans reporting being worried about money, which was second only to concerns about the future of our country, according to the American Psychological Association's (APA) annual Stress in America survey. Work, the current political climate, and violence and crime were also significant stressors, according to the APA's findings.
If you've been feeling a lot more stressed than normal — and it's not because of the holidays — you're not a alone. Per the APA, this year's poll shows America "at its highest stress level yet."
Taking into account all categories, LV= found that the average person's worries weigh an astounding 496 pounds — the equivalent of a grizzly bear, baby cow, or two old refrigerators. And nothing says "I need a break" more than the thought of giving a piggy-back ride to a full-grown woodland creature.
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