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Stay Calm: Young Adults Are the Most Stressed-Out Generation...Ever

You’re not looking too well. Do you experience tension headaches, upset stomach, and heart palpitations? Have you taken to chewing your nails to the quick? Do you find yourself sleeping less than you’d like? The diagnosis is clear: You’re not suffering from some strange disease, but from old-fashioned stress. But don’t fret about being the only person freaking out; a survey shows that young adults are the most stressed they’ve ever been.

In a study by the American Psychological Association (APA), it was determined that people between the ages of 18 and 33 are more stressed out than any other recorded generation. On a scale of 1 to 10, young adults check in at a nerve-wracking 5.4. This is a noticeable difference from the national average, which comes in at a comparably mellow 4.9. And way way above the super calm 3.6 level that doctors consider to be healthy.

So why are all these bright young people in a state of near panic? There are numerous factors that add up to sleepless nights and intense worry, but the primary concerns proved to be money and work.

“These individuals are growing up in an area of unprecedented economic upheaval,” Norman Anderson, CEO of the APA, said at a press conference. “This coincides with the time they are finishing school and trying to establish themselves in society.”

That’s an awful lot of pressure for a generation just leaving adolescence. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like the "millenials" will be calming down any time soon. 39% of those surveyed said that their stress levels had increased since last year. Add in the disheartening fact that most of those polled believed they were not getting adequate healthcare to manage their anxiety, and the picture gets even bleaker.

Besides being an unpleasant way to live, stress can have a serious impact on your health. If untreated, it can lead to such ailments as depression, diabetes, and heart disease (As if you weren’t tense enough!). Doctors recommend that people experiencing this emotional turmoil should do their best to relax and try to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regime.

But if you find yourself stressing (or stressed about how much you’re stressing), look on the bright side — at least you have plenty of company.

[Pic via Flickr - CollegeDegrees360]

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