Majority of Mexicans live under stress, how to cope

The majority of Mexicans live under a heavy burden of stress, which also results in poor health.

According to a survey conducted by the Office of Strategic Communications (CGE) on a sample of 600 Mexican citizens, more than 45 percent said they lived under stress, 40 percent says would describe life as nervous, and more than 11 percent would say they were restless.

Out of 100 Mexican citizens, 95 believe that stress is bad for health and only two think they have no impact on health at all. Just over 70 percent said that stress can occur equally in anyone.

More than 14 percent of respondents believe that stress can cause all sorts of health ailments.

The study says the main effects of stress is depression, followed by hypertension, gastritis and colitis, headache and muscle ache, lack of energy, personal problems and insomnia, among other problems.

Nearly 60 percent of people polled said that a lack of physical symptoms does not indicate a lack of stress. Most people think that the main symptom of stress is anger or irritability, followed by anxiety and nerves.

Almost another five percent believed that stress is evident in everyday life and almost four percent think that occurs when people are tired all the time.

Other respondents think the GCE stress also occurs with muscle tension, complaints of headaches, body trembling, wailing about insomnia as well as cold hands and feet.

Top 10 ways in which Mexicans face the stress are taking things slowly, exercising, seek medical aid, distractions, better money management, change of routine, spending time with family and friends, relax, take a vacation or listen to music.

More than seven percent of respondents did not know how to overcome the crisis or cope with stress. Almost 60 percent believe that the solution to stress depends solely on the person.

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