"The percentage of Americans who reported experiencing at least one symptom of stress over the past month rose from 71 percent in August 2016 to 80 percent in January 2017," The American Psychological Association reported in February.
So where is this stress hitting Americans the hardest?
WalletHub, a personal finance website, produced a study titled "2017’s Most & Least Stressed States" that ranks all 50 states (and D.C.) in terms of stress levels.
Here's what they found:
Alabama is stressed AF.
The overall stress level of each state (and D.C.) is assessed by looking at four main stressors: work-related, money-related, family-related, and health & safety-related stressors. It was scored in each of these categories based on 33 relevant metrics (like "average commute time" under work-related stress and "divorce rate" under family-related stress) and given points.
"We then calculated the overall score for each state and the District based on its weighted average across all metrics," the researchers explain "and used the resulting scores to construct our final ranking."
The conclusion? Alabama is considered the most stressed state in the nation, with Minnesota as the least stressed.
Blogger Comments: Why is Alabama the most stressed state in the nation? Look at the state of corruption we are in. Governor Bentley, previous State Attorney General Luther Strange, and last but not least Sheriff Ana Franklin. Our public officials have made it clear that they will threaten, lie, steal, and cheat to get their way in court. The average citizen involved in legal matters as it applies to the corrupt politicians rarely have a chance. Threatening to fire employees for speaking up against them causes stress. Sheriff Ana Franklin has given our county the worst reputation in the state. This is just the tip of the iceberg. The citizens of Alabama have a right to be stressed because our officials hold the keys to our freedom.
Here are the top ten most stressed states:
- West Virginia
- New Mexico
In addition to scoring most stressed overall, Alabama also ranked high in the individual categories. In "work related stress" they ranked no. 5; "Money-related stress," no. 2; "Family-Related Stress," no. 5; and in "Health and safety-related stress," the state ranked no. 6.
When it comes to health, Alabama is having trouble: