Anxiety can be crippling. Stress over money can keep you up at night. Worries about your family troubles can make you feel like you don’t belong. Social anxiety can turn you into a loner. All of these seemingly important parts of life can stress you out so much you stop actually living.
And in Connecticut, those stresses are even worse. Whether it’s the taxes, the inept government, the brutal commutes, the lack of things to do, or something else entirely, Connecticut is undoubtedly a stressful place to live. You know it. I know it. And now we have the science to back it up.
According to the CT Post, a data analysis from Crisis Text Line found that at any given time, Connecticut is the second-most anxious place in the United States, with New Hampshire as the only state more stressed out than us.
You can check out all the data here, but it’s interesting to note that the most stressed out states in the country are all clustered in the northeast. And apparently it has little to do with the weather, because Connecticut’s most stressful months are May, July, September, and October.
I’m not really sure if there’s anything we can actually do about this one. Every individual gets stressed out for different reasons, so it’s not like one or two big changes will fix things for everyone. But maybe we should take a look at how things are done in the rest of the country. Agree with their lifestyle or not, they’re clearly not sweating the small stuff as much as we are. And maybe that’s for the best.