Georgia once again in top 20 of WalletHub’s most stressed states

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The coronavirus pandemic is no longer causing Americans the most stress, according to WalletHub’s annual ranking of the most and least stressed states.

For its ranking, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across four key dimensions: work-related stress, money-related stress, family-related stress, and health- and safety-related stress.

The researchers then evaluated those dimensions using 41 relevant metrics. Each metric was graded on a 100 point scale, with a score of 100 representing the highest level of stress.

Although the pandemic was the biggest cause of stress last year, the biggest source for Americans now is money.

“Overall stress levels are not uniform across the country, though, and certain states worry more than others about specific issues,” WalletHub wrote.

If you’re looking for a practically stress-free life, consider moving to South Dakota, which scored just 28.75 and was No. 50 for family-related stress.

If moving isn’t an option, then know you live in the 17th most stressed state in U.S., with a score of 47.86. Georgia ranked:

Work-related stress: 32

Money-related stress: 18

Family-related stress: 13

Health- and safety-related stress: 14

The Peach State tied with Arkansas for the fifth-lowest credit card scores and ranked fifth for fewest psychologists per capita.

“Acknowledge to yourself that it is a difficult time,” Kenneth Rice, an endowed professor at the College of Education & Human Development at Georgia State University, told WalletHub. “That may sound obvious but often we are better able to focus on other people than ourselves. The point is to pay attention to us too, to recognize when we are having a rough time rather than sweep that under the rug.”

Rice is also co-director of the Center for the Study of Stress, Trauma and Resilience Counseling and Psychological Services.

“Stress management is not a one-size-fits-all thing, so it is good to have a variety of options and give them a fair test before deciding what does and does not work. Some strategies might be different, as well, depending on different stressors,” Rice said.

Rice recommends maintaining relationships, practicing gratitude and physical activity among strategies to manage your stress.

You can read the full report here.