Stress is inevitable. Everyone experiences some type and level of it. But it’s not always a bad thing. Certain kinds of stress can have positive effects on a person’s well-being, at least in the right doses. According to Psychology Today, “A little bit of stress, known as ‘acute stress,’ can be exciting—it keeps us active and alert.”
When stress reaches an unmanageable level, however, it turns “chronic.” That’s when we become vulnerable to its damaging effects such as health problems and loss of productivity. In the U.S., stress affects more than 100 million people. The leading causes? Money tops the list, followed by work, family and relationships. By one estimate, workplace-related stress alone costs society more than $300 billion per year. (via WalletHub)
WalletHub compared more than 180 cities across 39 key metrics, with data set ranges from average weekly work hours to debt load to divorce and suicide rates.
Ohio is Stressed
Of the 182 cities compared, Cincinnati ranks 7th most-stressed. The largest contributors to Cincinnatian stress levels include work, health, and safety. Meanwhile, Cincinnati isn’t Ohio’s number one. Just north, our Cleveland neighbors rank as the 2nd most stressed-out in the country. Residents are tied with Detroit for the highest financial stress. In addition, they have the highest divorce rate.
Outside of the 39 key metrics, what are the top stressors for Cincinnatians?
Our sports teams probably have a lot to do with this too 😵 pic.twitter.com/16OS8NdI0F
— Cincinnati 💔 (@CincyProblems) July 18, 2019
The Daily Commute.
I know it’s no longer AM rush hour traffic but…
6 miles. 1 hour.
— where there’s a Will there’s a way (@WillBasil) October 30, 2018
Standstill traffic on the 75 71 bridge. Is it due to construction? No, a fender bender? No, actually it’s just because of a massive pothole on the bridge. @CincyProblems
— David O'Leary (@DAOleary97) July 17, 2019
*Flips channel* Reds give up Grand Slam
*Flips channel* FC Cincinnati give up 4 goals
*Flips channel* Bengals offensive line is imploding
*Flips channel* Wonder what’s on HGTV?@CincyProblems
— Zach Dourson (@Z_DoWorkSon10) July 19, 2019
I can not stress this enough.
It is so terrible being a Cincy sports fan. The worst city in the last 25 years to be a sports fan of any team. I love the Reds and Bengals but it is so hard to be a fan when you’re constantly let down by mediocrity and bad luck. @CincyProblems
— Not a PO (@JordanWithAnE) July 23, 2019
— Timothy Swinehart (@TechSwine) May 23, 2019
Severe weather alert for Cincinnati… prepare yourselves.. 10 inches expected 😂 pic.twitter.com/RcjUKaduRU
— Cincinnati 💔 (@CincyProblems) June 15, 2019
To see the entire list and metrics used, click here.