NEW YORK — Earmuff it, kids. A new survey finds that when Americans get stressed, they get really %$#&@*! stressed. That is, our preferred way of dealing with frustration is by cursing out loud.
The study, commissioned by 9Round Kickbox Fitness, surveyed 2,000 adult Americans, and found that 63% of adults typically resort to cursing when battling stress. Half of the participants also said yelling was also typical of their behavior, while about 4 in 10 find themselves crying most often when stressed.
It doesn’t take long for us to resort to foul language either. The results showed that while a quarter of participants blurt out their first bleep by 9 a.m. each day, on average, most Americans utter their first swear of the day by 10:54 in the morning.
In a given year, adults battle 1,205 stressful events on average — and nearly 6 in 10 participants (57%) have come to the conclusion that life will simply always be tough on them.
Of the forces causing this stress, financial worry is the most common, with 56% of respondents identifying their finances as a sources of stress. Not enough sleep (36%), health concerns (35%), work (30%), and (perhaps unsurprisingly) one’s significant other (26%) rounded out the top five stressors in our lives.
“People of all ages face stress every day and it can be difficult to find effective and healthy ways to cope,” says Shannon Hudson, CEO of 9Round Fitness. “While listening to music or watching TV can be relaxing, one of the best ways to reduce tension is through regular exercise because it improves both physical health and overall well-being. When you are physically and mentally strong, you are better equipped to handle life’s frustrations.”
Perhaps more people should take on Hudson’s advice. Physical exercise was only the third-most common way to deal with all that stress, according to the study. Forty-percent of respondents said they worked out or exercised, 47% said they watched TV or movies, and 50% said they listened to music to deal with their stress.
Free time is a factor for giving exercise a shot after a hard day. Half of the group said they don’t have enough time to do everything they want, or even need, in a day. Similarly, a quarter admitted they don’t workout regularly because they simply don’t have the time.
Yet the results were clear: exercise can do the trick. Nine in 10 participants who work out when wound up found they feel better after sweating away the stress.
The study results were provided by SWNS Digital.
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