This just in--the United States is the most stressed-out nation on Earth, at least according to the National Institute of Mental Health. The government agency reports that 18% of Americans suffer from some sort of anxiety disorder.
In contrast, people from developing countries (such as Nigeria, for example) are about five times less likely to suffer from stress and anxiety. This despite the fact that they have much MORE to worry about, like simply finding food and clean water. Interestingly, when people from those countries immigrate to America, they become just as anxious as the rest of us.
Author Taylor Clark believes that there are three interconnected reasons for this:
First, America doesn't have the sense of community that many other cultures have,
Second, we communicate far more via text and social networking than we do face-to-face,
And, third we’re simply absorbing too much information.
So if you’re feeling stressed out, I’d suggest you unplug from tech for a few hours each day and work toward building authentic, face-to-face relationships with other believers. Seek out people at your church who are kind, compassionate and attempting to become more like Jesus.
Also, memorize Philippians 4: 6-7:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
I’m Bill Maier, with WBCL’s Culture Connection.