Mid-30s crisis: Americans feel most stressed in their lives at age 36

NEW YORK — Are you nearing your mid-30s? You may want to think about a vacation. A new study finds the average American feels the most stressed at 36 years-old.

Despite this — fear not — a recent survey of 2,000 Americans over the age of 30 reveals the average respondent is better at managing stress now than they were a decade ago. According to the results, only 18 percent feel stressed “all the time.”

Even when they do, nearly two-thirds of respondents believe they are better at relieving stress than 10 years ago. A further 75 percent have become more aware of the link between physical and mental or emotional stress.

A healthier approach to managing stress

Pointing to a shift from reactive to more proactive management of stress, respondents say they’ve retired some of their old methods of de-stressing, such as drinking alcohol (31%) and eating junk food (29%). Instead, the most popular forms of alleviating stress today include listening to music (46%), exercise (40%), watching movies or television (35%), and taking natural remedies and supplements (28%).

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of MitoQ, the study also revealed that Americans are utilizing clever ways to head stress off before it takes hold. Thirty-five percent put on headphones to block distractions, while 30 percent exercise and 29 percent limit their screen time at the end of the day.

Nevertheless, more than half the poll don’t usually realize they’re stressed until it’s had a noticeable effect on their health — including sleep problems (50%), headaches (45%), food cravings (38%), and brain fog (34%).

It’s perhaps unsurprising then, that there’s a growing awareness of the deeper effect stress can have on the body. Eight in 10 say they are aware that stress can have an impact on their cellular health and the functioning of their body from the inside out.

“The human body is made of trillions of cells, and any external or internal aggressors affect those cells, causing cell stress, which is why you can experience downsides physically, mentally and emotionally,” says Mahara Inglis, CEO of cellular health company MitoQ, in a statement.

Money matters are top of mind

Money issues (52%), family problems (51%), and a high workload/demanding job (36%) rank as the biggest stressors for American adults in the survey. A further 74 percent say when they have less energy, it’s harder for them to deal with external stressors.

Still, more than three-quarters noted that when they take care of themselves and their body via exercise, nutrition, hydration and other methods, they feel more equipped to deal with external stressors.

“It’s exciting to hear that 66 percent of those surveyed said they would be open to taking something to help their body at the cellular level, because when you mitigate cell stress with solutions like MitoQ, you’re helping your health right at its foundation,” Inglis continues. “The knock-on benefits can be everything from more energy to good mental focus, greater resilience and improved sleep and stress.”

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