Stress Management and Behavior?

Stress management and behavior? Behavior – can we actually expect people to change behavior (or even suggest it)? It seems common sense that if you keep doing things that result in stress, you might want to consider not repeating the behavior if possible or learn the necessary steps to take to management it. This article notes the high percentage of young people experiencing levels of stress that place them at risk of serious health problems in their future. Excerpts follow.

Millennials: The Most Stressed-Out Generation, USA

Written by Christian Nordqvist 

Copyright: Medical News Today

APA (American Psychological Association) CEO Norman B. Anderson, PhD., said:

“When people receive professional help to manage stress and make healthy behavior changes they do better at achieving their health goals. Unfortunately, our country’s health system often neglects psychological and behavioral factors that are essential to managing stress and chronic diseases.

In order for our nation to get healthier, lower the rates of chronic illnesses, and lower health care costs, we need to improve how we view and treat stress and unhealthy behaviors that are contributing to the high incidence of disease in the U.S.”

Americans aged from 18 to 33 years appear to be the most badly affected by mental stress and getting support for it from their health care providers. With an average stress level of 5.4, this is higher than the 4.9 national average and considerably higher than the 3.6 “healthy” level.
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