According to a new Gallup Poll West Virginians have the not so wanted distinction of being the most stressed out state in the entire country.
About 353,000 Americans had this question thrown at them "Did you feel stressed during a lot of the day yesterday?" A lot of participants answered Yes, so what or who is to blame for our high stress levels?
Doctor Jeff Hammond, who used to be the president of State Psychological Association, told MetroNews "Our great state has a lot of issues that wear on us and make it difficult for us to stay happy and healthy, and it's a challenge that we've been faced with for some time."
He went on to say, "we do a lot of mining and a lot of farming in West Virginia. Those are difficult, dangerous, stressful jobs. We have a lot of veterans in West Virginia and we all know the stress that veterans have to deal with. There's a lot of tobacco use, and a lot of obesity, and that really adds to feeling stressed out as well."
Researchers say the causes of high stress levels are not completely clear, but there are indications of a small link between unemployment and stress levels. However, experts warn that too much mismanaged stress can result in serious health problems.
5 News hit the streets to do our own informal survey, and here's a sampling of what we were told; "People are stressed about everything. They are stressed about jobs, they are stressed about traffic, they are stressed about their home lives, and they are stressed about the economy;" said Carmeleta Randolph of Harrison County.
Jessica Ramsey of Harrison County had this to say; "When you are shopping like we were just now, people they try to push you out of the way. They try to take your spot. They seem to be very aggravated and it is really hard to keep calm yourself when you are around them."
The other states in the top five are Rhode Island, Kentucky, Utah and Massachusetts.
The five states who have mastered the art of taking it easy are Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Iowa, and Wyoming.