Stress can be work-related, school-related, home-related, or some combination of the three.
Long working hours, challenging college courses, and a variety of personal stressors can trigger higher levels of stress that can affect your personal and work life respectively.
When to stack the COVID-19 pandemic on top of all the existing stress in your life, it boggles the mind how everyone is coping.
The following statistics we have gathered for you today, may help learn more about it, which will lead you to seeking resources and ways to combat stress no matter what triggers it.
Let’s address some key statistics first and then get into the detailed stress statistics for 2023.
Key Stress Statistics 2023
- 83% of American workers struggle with work-related stress.
- Only around 40% of workers have talked about it with their employer.
- 94% of employees report that they feel stressed at work.
- 55% of people in America feel stressed throughout the day.
- 65% of Americans feel stressed about money.
- Over half of people struggling with stress also suffer from fatigue.
- Over 60% of employees in Japan report experiencing stress and anxiety at work.
- 13% of adolescents between 9 and 17 years old suffer from some form of anxiety disorder due to stress related to their studies.
- Of those who experienced a serious stressful event, 43% say it was health-related.
- In the 18 to 24 age bracket, 60% of them feel major stress from pressure to succeed.
Workplace Stress Statistics 2023
Workplace stress is known as the biggest factor that affects people’s lives. It can impact your entire way of life if you let it.
Let’s see what the statistics say about work-related stress.
1. 83% of American Workers Struggle with Work-Related Stress.
Another 25% claim their job is the primary source of stress. This is evidence that workplace stress is one of the most challenging facts of life.
Work stress comes in a variety of types across all industries and at all career levels.
The fact that 83% of American workers recognize that work is their main stressor, is a major affirmation.
2. Only Around 40% of Workers Have Talked About It with Their Employer.
While employees want to get help to relieve their workplace stress, only 40% of them actually went to their employer to talk about it.
Several surveys verify that employees are scared to speak of their stress or mental health with their employers.
One study in 2019 revealed that 68% of the participants said they worry about openly talking to their employer about their mental health for fear of how it may affect their job.
3. 63% of American Workers Want to Quit Their Job to Get Away from Workplace Stress.
Since unemployment and employee retention are such major issues in the wake of the pandemic, this statistic is significant.
Employers need to see this data to learn more about just how much stress is affecting them in their workplaces.
When you feel that quitting is your only option, work stress is making you feel desperate enough to leave.
4. 94% of Employees Report that They Feel Stressed at Work.
When you see a figure that represents almost all employees in America, you should stand up and take notice.
This one shows that almost every American worker feels stressed at work.
Consider this figure along with the 63% of workers who want to quit because of work-related stress and it becomes even more imperative to properly resolve this issue.
5. 14% of Survey Respondents Said They Wanted to Strike a Coworker Over the Past Year Due to Stress, but They Didn’t.
Stress can trigger violent feelings. The fact is this 14% that wanted to be violent with a coworker, but didn’t show great restraint.
What about workers who can’t or choose not to restrain themselves? Then violence in the workplace occurs.
This is yet another reason the companies need to look into reducing stress at work.
Personal and Home Stress Statistics
Now that we have covered a few work-related stressors, we will move on to stressors at home, or personal stress.
Just like work stress can create relationship problems at home, stress at home can affect productivity at work.
6. 55% of People in America Feel Stressed Throughout the Day.
Most parents work from home and work outside the home.
Those who work outside the home can get stressed during their work commute, at home when there is tension in their relationships, money problems, and whatever people consider stressful.
Regardless, over half of the American population reports feeling stressed during the day.
7. 65% of Americans Feel Stressed About Money.
Stressing about money has long been a common factor in people’s everyday lives. Couples fight over money problems, which increases the stress factor.
Fear of losing their home, their car, or their jobs are related to financial stress.
Inflation, where prices rise, but income doesn’t, is a financial woe among households. It’s no surprise that 65% of Americans are stressed about their finances.
8. Text Messaging Every Day Is a Stress Trigger for About 31% of People in The US and The UK.
This isn’t isolated to the United States. It expands to the United Kingdom.
While texting, whether via your phone’s SMS system or via social media messengers are commonplace modes of communication, it obviously is a source of stress for some 31% of people in the US and in the UK.
If texting stresses you, it’s probably time to turn off your phone and devices for a bit and take a walk or read a book.
9. It’s Reported that 32% of People Between 18 and 24 Have Housing Woes that Stress Them Out.
This statistic is from the Mental Health Foundation of the UK, but it could extend to the US and the world.
Feeling stressed about whether or not you will have a place to live is serious business.
This stressor is related mostly to people with incomes that are lower than average where it’s a reasonable worry.
The same study that revealed this about 18 to 24 year olds also reported that 22% of people 45 to 55 have the same housing worries.
10. Over Half of People Struggling with Stress Also Suffer from Fatigue.
It seems that feeling stressed and being fatigued go hand-in-hand. Stress can take its toll on your body, making you feel weak and tired (fatigued).
You may think you have no reason to be so fatigued, which means stress could be a factor. You see, fatigue is reported as the most dominant symptom of stress.
People with stress and fatigue can also suffer from headaches, muscle tension, changes in appetite, lethargy, anger, dizziness, low libido, stomach upset, and other such symptoms.
Next we have a few basic, general stress demographics for your consideration. These will address gender, location, age, and other demographics where stress has an impact.
11. Over 60% of Employees in Japan Report Experiencing Stress and Anxiety at Work.
No country is immune from stress. This report about employees in Japan experiencing stress and anxiety at work is shocking.
The good news is that society in Japan is already addressing this crucial issue to deter issues with the mental health and suicide in their country.
They are and will continue to proactively support employees with work or home stress. It seems they are already helping employees who are caretakers of elderly relatives.
12. Somewhere Between 75% and 90% of All Doctor’s Office Visits Are Due to Stress-Related Complaints and Issues.
Stress-related illnesses can include mental issues like depression, anxiety, panic attacks, etc.
However, stressed people may also experience unexplained fatigue, headaches, tension, high blood pressure, insomnia, stomach problems, aches and pains, and other physical presentations that impact their quality of life.
Hopefully, doctors are seeking the root causes of the illnesses, and are not just treating symptoms.
13. China Workers Experience the Highest Rises in Work-Related Stress at 86%
Since we’re covering demographics, China ranks the highest in workplace stress-related instances with 86% of workers reporting feeling stressed at work.
This level of stress in the workplace is costing China’s economy billions in productivity and health issues.
14. Women Are More Likely to Experience Stress Over Their Male Counterparts by 28% versus 20%.
A vast majority of women who report their stress claim to have high levels at between 8 to 10 on a scale of 10 points.
In a survey of women, nearly half (49%) reported that their stress increased in the past five years.
Compared that to the 39% of men reporting an increase in their stress levels. Also, women are more likely to report their emotional and physical symptoms related to stress than men (41% versus 30%).
15. Of Those Who Experienced a Serious Stressful Event, 43% Say It Was Health-Related.
The Harvard School of Public Health’s poll showed that people do worry about their health.
These statistics revealed that over four out of ten people say that health problems cause a rise in their stress levels.
Consequently, 27% of the poll participants said that illness is a serious stressful event in their lives. 16% more said that the death of a loved one is even more stressful.
Unique Stress Statistics
Here are a few extraneous and unique statistics for you to check out.
16. 13% of Adolescents Between 9 and 17 Years Old Suffer from Some Form of Anxiety Disorder Due to Stress Related to Their Studies.
While this statistic comes from a site related to learning disabilities, the figure is accurate among all 9 to 17 year olds.
The stress of making good grades and succeeding in school brings on stress that leads to anxiety disorders.
It’s worse for those with learning disabilities even though it affects so many others. People like to think kids have nothing to stress over, but there is this.
17. Of All 18- to 24-Year Olds, 49% Say that They Feel High Levels of Stress from Comparing Themselves to Others.
The rising use in social media, especially during the pandemic, among young people between 18 and 24 could contribute to them wanting to compare themselves to celebrities, models, sports stars, and even their peers.
It’s understandable how that would be a stressor in today’s society. It’s such a problem that nearly 50% of these young people feel stressed from it.
18. In The 18 to 24 Age Bracket, 60% of Them Feel Major Stress from Pressure to Succeed.
Another statistic related to the 18 to 24 crowd relates to the pressure to succeed. While this may seem manageable, it’s not always that simple.
Pressure from teachers, loved ones, and influential people takes its toll on young people seeking to succeed in life.
This stress can be homework related, caused by peer pressure, or by high levels of expectations from parents.
Regardless of where it starts, it exists and needs to be addressed.
There is nothing wrong with feeling normal levels of stress since that can help you to succeed, but when it’s difficult to cope, it’s overwhelming and it doesn’t help the person.
19. A Reported 44% of Older People Reported Feeling Nervous or Stressed in January 2021.
Senior citizens, our world’s older generation, can feel stressed out just like anyone else.
While those who have retired don’t have work-related stress, they often have money woes that create stress.
There are things that our older generations feel stressed over like what to do with their time, their health, their kids, feeling lonely, losing loved ones, and a plethora of other stressors impact our elders.
20. The Pandemic Impacted Virtually Everyone’s Quality of Life.
Let’s face it. The COVID-19 pandemic hit nearly everyone pretty hard in terms of stressors.
It impacted people’s quality of life from ages 0 to 100+. What are some things that were interrupted?
Older adults say their sources of joy were affected during the pandemic, but we think these things are relatable to all of us.
87% of older adults said being outdoors was affected and was a major source of their enjoyment.
72% of them felt their hobbies, projects, and overall physical activities were impacted.
Something that may have mostly affected the older crowd is the 58% that felt they were all alone. We think we can all relate to these things regardless of age.
Coping with Stress— Facts
Now that you have plenty of statistics related to demographics, work, personal, school, kids, young adults, senior citizens, and more, we can get into things that can help you better cope with stress.
Let’s talk about that.
21. Regular Exercise Is Reported to Help Reduce Stress According to 30% of Adults.
This statistic seems to prove that exercise can reduce stress levels. However, only 17% of adults say they exercise daily.
Even with 53% of adults claiming that they feel good about themselves after they exercise, it’s surprising that more than 17% partake in exercise.
Other factors of exercise that are beneficial involve improved mood and overall stress management.
Some adults say that they exercise specifically to manage their stress, while others say they will skip exercise when they feel stressed.
22. Going Vegan May Help Reduce Stress Levels.
It’s been reported by vegans that this kind of diet may help manage or reduce stress.
The vegan diet promotes consuming unprocess foods that can reduce stress, but also anxiety, headaches, and depression.
You may also be able to reduce or eliminate processed sugar intake, processed foods in boxes and containers, fast foods, etc. Even small changes in your diet can help with stress.
One study in 2015 revealed that vegans report less anxiety and issues with stress than their carnivore counterparts.
If you enjoy meat, you don’t have to go all vegan, but you can reduce your intake of meats and dairy if necessary.
Your diet is totally up to you.
23. 54% of Americans Use Yoga to Relieve Tension and Stress.
Another 85% of people claim that practicing yoga every day helps them feel less stressed throughout the day.
Since yoga is all about the mind-body connection, this makes sense.
Statistics reveal that 42% of people who practice yoga say they felt happier as well as less stressed.
Another benefit of yoga beyond feeling less stressed is feeling stronger physically and mentally, according to 52% of those who practice yoga.
By the way, about 36 million Americans regularly partake in the practice of yoga. Also, 300 million do so all over the globe.
24. Only 28% of Americans Report They Are Managing Stress Extremely Well.
On the other side of this coin, 77% of people are reporting physical symptoms related to stress and another 73% report psychological symptoms from stress.
It’s true that Americans cope with high stress situations every day, which means the health ramifications are real.
Four in ten (43%) of them eat when they are stressed, 39% say they smoke cigarettes, 36% say they skip meals because they aren’t hungry due to stress, and 19% say they engage in other unhealthy habits when they are in high stress periods.
25. 34% of Americans Say They Pray to Reduce Stress.
Prayer for people who are spiritual is like meditation to those who are just seeking mental peace. One can be both and do both to reduce stress.
Prayer and meditation are both healthier than smoking or overeating, so these are better stress busters.
26. 35% of People Said They Would Be Willing to Make Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Stress.
That means that 65% of people are unwilling to change their hectic, stressful lives.
That said, this willingness only applies to an actual diagnosis of a chronic stress-related condition. That means people aren’t making changes before they become ill.
Perhaps people don’t see it coming, or they don’t realize it until they feel out of control or ill.
Either way, at least there are some willing to make the proper changes to reduce stress in their lives.
Keep in mind that making changes is not always an option for everyone.
27. Almost 60% of Adults Will Turn to Alcohol to Escape Stress.
We are not advocating hiding behind a bottle of alcohol to avoid stressful situations, but this is what nearly 60% of adults do, according to the data we found.
This is another one of those less than healthy methods of reducing stress since it’s temporary and can also come with some health issues if used regularly.
This is happening in the UK, according to a 2018 study among the 18 to 75 age groups.
Alcohol also triggers anxiety and depression, so it’s not a good method for coping with stress.
28. 54% of People Listen to Music to Alleviate Stress.
You can find all kinds of music for relaxation and stress reduction. Some people turn to music or stress reduction.
This is one of the healthier methods of stress relief you can use.
Also, you can find plenty of free meditation and relaxing music and nature sounds on YouTube and other streaming platforms to help you relieve stress and anxiety, and get some sleep.
Since lack of sleep is a side effect of stress, more restful sleep could help you improve your coping mechanisms.
29. 50% of People Use Walking as A Form of Stress Relief.
Walking is like exercise, only it can be easier for people to partake in some forms of exercise or yoga. Walking just 20 minutes daily can help reduce stress.
Walking, like exercise, helps to balance your nervous system, increase blood flow, and eliminates stress hormones.
If you have trouble with exercise and walking, there are ways to move your body, which also help.
30. 40% of People Spend Quality Time with Friends and Family to Alleviate Stress.
If you have a supportive community of family and friends, spending some fun, quality time with them is a great way to relieve your stress, or at least lower your stress levels.
This socialization is face-to-face, which allows for the release of stress hormones. It’s okay to talk to those who will listen to you and support you.
How Is Stress Good for You?
Stress is actually the body’s natural reaction to threats or less desirable situations that allow you to be quick to react if you are in harm’s way.
Stress is also a motivational part of the human response system that helps to make smart and positive changes to our lifestyle, and can make you more productive.
On the other hand, if stress occurs often (daily), emotional and physical side effects begin to present.
This side of stress can make you less productive and keep you in fight or flight mode, which is unhealthy. Many of these statistics revealed how stress affects people.
What’s the Difference Between Acute and Chronic Stress?
Acute stress is part of your everyday life and is usually short-lived. It can cause headaches, muscle tension, insomnia, and digestive issues.
Chronic stress occurs when you are living or working in a constant stressful environment for a long time. Chronic stress is known to result in more serious health and mental problems.
Can You Manage Stress Successfully?
Yes. There are many methods of managing stress that will keep those levels down.
A healthy diet, regular walks or the exercise of your choice, meditation, yoga, prayer, relaxation technique, breathing exercises, and other healthy methods will help you relieve stress and improve your quality of life.
How Does Stress Affect Your Mental Performance?
Stress adversely impacts your brain chemistry, which interferes with your sleep patterns. It can also make you feel moody, irritable, anxious, and/or depressed.
Your ability to concentrate is affected when you are under undue stress. You may find yourself becoming forgetful, unable to make the simplest decisions, and prevent you from concentrating.
Does Stress Affect Everyone the Same Way?
Statistics and studies about stress show that it comes with a variety of symptoms that not all people will have.
Some people experience irritability, restlessness, worry, and other emotional signs of stress.
Others may suffer with more physical problems such as digestive issues, muscle tension (painful spasms), and headaches.
Also, some may have a combination of both some physical and some emotional side effects from stress.
This concludes the stress facts and statistics in 2023 that we have gathered for you today. You may relate to some of this data, you may not.
Perhaps you know someone that experiences these emotional and/or physical symptoms of stress.
No matter what, you probably have some kind of experience with stress, either good or bad.
Now you know the statistics that impact the world, you, and your loved ones. You also have several resources for managing stress in healthy ways.
Do you experience stress at work, school, or at home? What do you do to relieve your stress? Do you think these stress statistics in 2023 will help you?