Stress Reduction And Management
Introduction and the Nature of Stress
Stress problems are very common. The American Psychological Association’s 2007 “Stress in America” poll found that one-third of people in the United States report experiencing extreme levels of negative stress. In addition, nearly one out of five people report that they are experiencing high levels of negative stress 15 or more days per month. Impressive as these figures are, they represent only a cross-section of people’s stress levels at one particular moment of their lives. When stress is considered as something that occurs repeatedly across the full lifespan, the true incidence of stress problems is much higher. Being “stressed out” is thus a universal human phenomenon that affects almost everyone.