Every year since 2005, Gallup has surveyed over 150,000 people about their levels of positive and negative feelings. Last year the level of stress experienced across the world matched 2017 which Gallup named the “darkest year for humanity in more than a decade.”
Fifty-five percent of Americans said they experience stress “a lot of the day.” Stress impacts memory. Take a look at this TED-Ed video. It discusses the phenomenon of the “mind going blank” around taking tests but it applies to any number of adult situations.
Here is an infographic from John Hopkin’s Medicine with suggestions on how to alleviate stress.
Finally, to get started on reducing the amount of stress you are feeling, here is a meditation from UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Resource Center.