Stress Found in Generation Z

American Psychological Association (APA) has recently published numerous studies regarding the stress instilled in Americans. The association also published ways to cope with daily stressors.

Backtracking to 2017, APA reported in a survey that there are particularly five sources of stress. A majority 63% is stressed by the future of our nation, similarly, 62% are stressed about money, and 61% are stressed by work. Further, 57% are stressed about the current political climate, and 51% are stressed by the upsurge in violence and crime.

In correlation to Generation Z, the APA reported a wide array of stressors including mass shootings (75%), climate change (58%), and widespread sexual harassment (53%). Other common stressors are work (75%) and the economy (46%).

Generation Z faces many stressors, and only half of Gen Z feel confident in their ability to manage their stress. Interestingly, 55% of the generation has turned to social media for support.

The most common form is acute stress, which primarily includes daily demands and pressures. Acute stress deals with the anticipation of the future. Some symptoms include muscular problems along with emotional anguish which can manifest into anger and anxiety.

There are also warning signs that can arise from stress, a few signs are headaches, dry mouth, fatigue, and irritability. It is important to note that everyone acknowledges and manages stress differently.

The next form of stress is episodic acute stress, which is aligned with ‘Type A’ personality. As described by the American Psychological Association episodic stress is an “excessive competitive drive” that creates an emergency with the simplest tasks. Symptoms include tension headaches, chest pain, and heart disease.

Lastly, chronic stress arises when prolonged issues are present. An example is when there are increasing demands. Symptoms are similar to episodic acute stress yet more severe. Further, chronic stress is internalized and normalized within the individual.

There are ways to manage stress. Some examples include identifying your main stressors and recognizing how you currently manage stressful events. During this time you can also reflect on the activities that you enjoy. Another recommendation which is easier said than done is getting the recommended amount of sleep. For adults, ages eighteen through sixty-four should receive between seven to nine hours of sleep per night (National Sleep Foundation). Ultimately, choosing healthy ways to control your stress such as exercising or journaling can be vital for one’s well being.

Works Cited:

American Psychological Association. Stress in America. Retrieved from
https://www.apa.org/images/state-nation_tcm7-225609.pdf

American Psychological Association. Stress in America Generation Z Stats. Retrieved from
https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/stress/2018/stress-gen-z.pdf

(2013). How Stress Affects Your Health . Retrieved from ​https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/stress

(n.d.). Stress: The Different Kinds of Stress. Retrieved from
https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/stress-kinds

Article by: Alexis Takagi

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