You likely already know that stress is bad news for your body. But did you know that it might explain your chronic cough, itchy skin, and neck pain? Stress that is allowed to fester can cause damage to the body that is very difficult to repair. This is unfortunate because according to the Stress in America™ 2020: A National Mental Health Crisis, conducted by the Harris poll on behalf of the APA, nearly 80% of adults say that the coronavirus pandemic is a significant source of stress in their lives. Sixty percent of adults assert that they are overwhelmed by the number of issues that America is facing.
Generation Z adults, born after 1995, are especially likely to report worse mental health compared to a year previously. More than 70% of Gen Z adults report feeling so tired that they sat around and did nothing, felt very restless, found it difficult to think clearly or concentrate, felt lonely, or felt miserable or unhappy in the two weeks before the study.
This basic handout explains common physical ailments associated with chronic stress and five simple ways to relieve the pressure.