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7 reads to kick off stress month

Saturday marks the first day of stress month. We’ve rounded up the best stress coverage out there to help you start off stress awareness month on the right foot.

The stress epidemic appears to be getting worse. A new Allianz Life study shows that 42% of Americans reported being more stressed in 2016 than in 2015. Where’s this stress coming from? It’s been credited to everything from the political climate, rising housing costs and even technology. Whatever has your heart rate climbing, we’ve got you covered.

If you’re not sure you’re stressed…
We know that stress is linked to emotional disorders like depression and anxiety, but sometimes the easiest way to detect stress is physical. Some of the physical conditions you’re fighting may actually be your body coping with stress. The American Institute of Stress outlines “50 common signs and symptoms of stress”. Hint: Jaw pain, neck aches and light headedness can all be signs it’s time to take a break.

If you’re stressed about finances…
Over 60% of workers struggle with debt, and almost half of workers struggle with basic living expenses. It’s no surprise that finances are a major source of stress.

So what can you do about it? We love MarketWatch’s money challenges to get your finances in shape. From budget makeover courses to debt mindset reset challenges, these free resources will have you breathing easy in no time.

If you’re stressed at work…
Stress at work can be difficult to avoid with a never-ending to-do list. Take the time to lower your stress level. We love Liz Ryan and Forbes’ list of “simple ways to lower your stress”. From a quick stretch break to staying hydrated, these tips are great for any schedule.

If you’re stressed about the news…
In an age of digital interruptions, it’s easy to get overwhelmed amidst the constant barrage of political whiplash. We’re happy to report that you don’t have to drown your smartphone and cancel your internet to cope with everyday news-induced anxiety.

In “how to follow the news in a political age of anxiety” from the New York Times, you’ll learn anxiety squashing tricks like how to use your stress as a motivator. We also love Arianna Huffington’s “tips for getting out of the cycle of outrage” in a new political climate.

Want more?
Check out our favorite TED talks to help you destress.