People are really stressed out. In fact, according to The American Institute of Stress, 77 percent of people surveyed in the U.S. regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress and 73 percent of Americans regularly experience psychological symptoms caused by stress. Further, 83 percent of U.S. workers suffer from work-related stress and businesses have lost up to $300 billion in yearly revenue as a result of workplace stress. So, I guess it wasn’t too surprising to see this recent headline in The Washington Post: “Lego sets its sights on a growing market: Stressed-out adults.”
It makes total sense that brands would count on “wellness” and “mindfulness” to try to reach consumers in 2020. Considering that Americans aged 30-49 rank as the “most stressed” age group (according to Gallup), perhaps the nostalgia and the mild escapism of assembling tiny interlocking blocks could be just the thing to help some folks relax. Remember when coloring books for grown-ups took off for similar reasons? You can combat stress and anxiety with typical approaches, including listening to music, taking a walk, taking a deep breath, or writing in your journal. But, here are a few other ideas you may not have tried yet.
How do you relax when you’re stressed out? Tell us by leaving a comment below!
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