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What Topics Are In For Being Stressed-Out?

May 14, 2008
In this land of plenty there's plenty to stress about. According to a survey done by Health Magazine, the biggest stressor for women is their financial situation. When the women were asked what would make them feel more in control of their finances, 29% said more money, 23% said less debt and 3% said consulting a financial advisor. Those statistics might explain why 45% of the women said they'd give themselves a "C" or lower in money management. Those 45% might not realize advice can be cheap even when you have to pay for it.

Both women and men would agree that marriage is stressful. What God has brought together can be put asunder by sex, money, division of labor, problems with in-laws and more. Although the divorce rate is supposedly going down, that could be because fewer people are getting married. As for remarriages, 60% of second marriages end in divorce and the failure rate increases to 70% for third marriages. The message seems to be if first you don't succeed, trying and trying again increases your chances of failure.

According to a poll of 5,000 people done by the Global Research Company, the average, married couple has 182 arguments a year. The arguments last an average of 25 minutes and are followed by another 30 minutes of not talking to each other. The top three topics for these arguments were household chores, not being listened to and lack of sex. Money wasn't in the top three, which is good news. This means the average, American couple can afford to fight about other things.

Then there are children. Children are major stressors from infancy into adulthood. Although parents try their best, every parent experiences times of overwhelming frustration - times when they need PR. In this case PR doesn't stand for public relations. It stands for parental revenge. PR is when parents find themselves wishing that their children have children just like them.

Everyone has to deal with stress. I thought I dealt with it well and that's what I expected an online test to tell me. I calmly answered 15 questions and clicked on the button to calculate my score. Almost immediately I was told I may be at risk of burnout. Thankfully, my score was too low to qualify me as a severe risk; but I don't think testers realize how stressful the words "may be" can be.
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