Many Americans experience stress on a daily basis. To better understand the stress faced by average people in America, the American Psychological Association (APA) conducts an annual survey to determine where our stress is coming from.
The levels of stress you experience can have significant negative effects on your life. Often people engage in problematic behaviors, such as over or under eating, drinking and smoking in response to stress. These types of behaviors can create both physical and psychological problems and increase stress over time.
It’s important to understand and address factors that interfere with your ability to cope in positive ways. In the 2010 APA survey, lack of willpower was the top barrier to changing stress levels.
In this survey, women were more likely than men to view lack of willpower as preventing them from making the lifestyle and behavior changes recommended by a health care provider.
In order to improve their willpower, women said they needed to decrease fatigue, increase energy and improve confidence.
Men were more likely to say they need more money, while women were more likely to say they need more time. Women identified household chores, in particular, as interfering with their willpower to cope with stress in healthy ways.
Strategies to Decrease Fatigue and Increase Energy:
Part II, which will be posted in one week, will include strategies to improve confidence and decrease the pressures that interfere with your willpower.
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From Psych Central's website:
Practical Strategies to Boost Your Willpower: Part II | Dialectical Behavior Therapy Understood (May 10, 2012)
Last reviewed: 6 May 2012