Stress is a natural and very normal part of daily life. But some days are inherently more stressful than others: you have a job interview, you know your schedule is going to be jam-packed, you’re hosting a houseful of guests for a holiday meal — you get the point.

And the current backdrop of negative global news events (inflation, war, political strife, and climate change) has put Americans’ daily stress levels at alarmingly high levels, survey data shows.

“Many of us find ourselves overwhelmed and stressed by our mounting life tasks and responsibilities; juggling heavy workloads, household tasks, and childcare responsibilities,” says Monica Vermani, PsyD, a clinical psychologist in Toronto, and the author of A Deeper Wellness: Conquering Stress, Mood, Anxiety and Traumas.

Oftentimes it’s when we take on other people’s stress and let their stress overwhelm us that we start to feel out of control, adds Gail Saltz, MD, clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the NY Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell School of Medicine in New York City and the host of the How Can I Help? podcast from iHeartRadio.

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