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20 Mistakes That Will Only Compound Your Stress

Best Life Logo By Ari Notis of Best Life | Slide 1 of 21: <p>According to the American Psychological Association’s annual <a href="https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/stress/2016/coping-with-change.pdf">report</a> on stress, 30 percent of Americans have reported increased stress in the past year—and a whopping one in five suffer from so-called “extreme stress.” (An 8, 9, 0r 10 on a self-reported survey regarding anxiety, depression, or a general sense of feeling overwhelmed.) The election may have had something to do with these increased stress levels, the APA is sure to note, but everything from personal safety to financial burdens to the ever-foreboding “future” seems to play a role. In short, we’re more stressed out than we’ve ever been.</p><p>But it doesn’t have to be like this. Yes, even in the face of extreme figures like the APA’s, you can curb your stress, because—we’re sorry to report—it turns out your allotment of go-to stress-busters may actually exacerbate the issue. So read on to learn why happy hour with your friends won’t make you happy, or why comfort eating provides very little in the way of comfort. And for more great ways to conquer your mental wellbeing, learn the <a href="http://bestlifeonline.com/lifestyle-habits-ruining-brain/">17 Lifestyle Habits That Are Ruining Your Brain</a>.</p>

According to the American Psychological Association’s annual report on stress, 30 percent of Americans have reported increased stress in the past year—and a whopping one in five suffer from so-called “extreme stress.” (An 8, 9, 0r 10 on a self-reported survey regarding anxiety, depression, or a general sense of feeling overwhelmed.) The election may have had something to do with these increased stress levels, the APA is sure to note, but everything from personal safety to financial burdens to the ever-foreboding “future” seems to play a role. In short, we’re more stressed out than we’ve ever been.

But it doesn’t have to be like this. Yes, even in the face of extreme figures like the APA’s, you can curb your stress, because—we’re sorry to report—it turns out your allotment of go-to stress-busters may actually exacerbate the issue. So read on to learn why happy hour with your friends won’t make you happy, or why comfort eating provides very little in the way of comfort. And for more great ways to conquer your mental wellbeing, learn the 17 Lifestyle Habits That Are Ruining Your Brain.

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