We are always hearing about how "stress" is a silent killer. Being stressed is a health hazard and more and more doctors are telling patients to reduce their stress for better health. According to the Mayo Clinic, "Knowing common stress symptoms can help you manage them. Stress that's not dealt with can lead to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, obesity and diabetes."


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In a recent article by Best Life, they outlined the TOP 10 "Least Stressed States" and the TOP 10 "Most Stressed States" in America. "No matter where you live, you've likely been reaching for the stress ball over the past few years—the pandemic redefined our experience with stress about personal safety, while the resulting inflation continues to hit many Americans right in the wallets." 


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So let's look at the formula that Best Life outlined in the survey they selected from WalletHub. Various factors went into their assessment of the states when it came to stress. "WalletHub released a survey ranking every state on its residents' level of stress. Researchers analyzed four common areas of stress: Work, money, family, and health and safety. They looked at factors ranging from the number of hours worked and hours of quality sleep to the number of personal bankruptcies. Each state was rated from 1 to 100 (with 100 signifying the most stress)."


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The good news for us here in New Jersey is that we made the good list. New Jersey ranked 7th in the TOP 10 Least Stressed States in America. I know you may be saying "What" Jersey is a fast-paced crowded state with lots of congestion and stress, but yes we are on the "good" list.


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According to Best Life, the overall score for New Jersey is 36.59.  "Although New Jersey is the 17th-most stressed state about work, its residents ranked 48th for amount of money stress and 42nd for health and safety stress, landing the Garden State as the seventh-least stressed state in the nation."

So how do feel about this ranking? Do you agree or disagree? Whatever the case, don't stress about it New Jersey :)


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