A new study shows how Americans manage life's daily hassles.
Rising unemployment, falling property values and dwindling savings have scores of Americans on edge. How are they coping? Not well.
Though some manage stress with regular exercise, others are relying on sedentary activities such as listening to music, reading, watching television or a movie, playing a videogame or napping. What's more, Americans blame their poor eating habits on stress and say their anxiety is interrupting their sleep.
Those are the findings in the American Psychological Association's annual "Stress In America 2009" report, released Tuesday. In it, the organization examined the impact of stress on families; the role of lifestyle and behavior in managing stress; what's causing Americans' stress; and how they are managing worry and anxiety. The survey of 1,568 adults was conducted online between July 21 and Aug. 4.