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Stress and burnout - Statistics & Facts

Stress and burnout have become an increasing and often-discussed phenomenon over the last decade. The most common sources of stress among adults in the United States include work, money, and health. Levels of stress in the U.S. vary from person to person depending on a variety of factors that can influence such feelings, including a person's employment status, age, income, and ethnicity. In 2017, 37 percent of adults in the U.S. stated their stress level had increased over the past year, a rise from previous years.

Concerning stress among U.S. employees, the amount of work and interpersonal relations are the main reasons for occupational stress. The most stressful jobs in the U.S. in 2019 included enlisted military personnel, firefighter, and airline pilot, while the least stressful job was a diagnostic medical sonographer. A Statista survey from 2017 found that 23 percent of employees reported their company provided burnout prevention programs and 13 percent offered reintegration programs, demonstrating the increasing acknowledgement among companies of the importance of stress relief and dangers of burnout among employees.

However, burnout syndrome still lacks a proper and concise definition. Thus, exact figures and prevalence on a nationwide scale are rare and surveys on occupational stress/burnout depend heavily on methodology and the surveyed demographic. Common symptoms of burnout include, but are not limited to, feeling drained of physical and emotional energy, a feeling of achieving less than one should, or a feeling of not getting what one wants out of one's work. A recent Statista survey found that 14 percent of respondents aged 18 to 29 years knew a relative or close friend who was diagnosed with burnout.

Different stress relief activities work for different people, but some of the leading activities to relieve stress include watching TV, listening to or making music, relaxing or lazing, and reading. Exercise is also a common way to relieve stress and is one of the main motivations for adults in the U.S. to continue to run. Interestingly, although the use of technology can be a source of stress it can also be utilized to relieve stress, with 11 percent of those aged 18 to 29 years stating they already regularly use an app for stress relief.

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