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Mass. is one of the most stressed states when it comes to education, according to study


Maine was not far behind, finishing in eighth.

Massachusetts is the third most stressed state in terms of education in the country, according to a new analysis. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Massachusetts is the third most stressed state in terms of education in the country, a new analysis found.

The report, by PlushCare — a telemedicine website — found that people in only two other states — Montana and South Dakota — were more stressed about their education.

Nearby Maine also made it eighth on the top 10 list of states stressed the most by education.

PlushCare’s analysis is based on four million geotagged tweets from 340 US cities that matched search terms in the following categories: money, careers, relationships, education, social media and news.

It analyzed the stress level of each tweet using a stress detection tool developed at England’s Wolverhampton University, TensiStrength, and calculated the percentage of stressed tweets overall and in each category in each state.

In Massachusetts, nearly 46% of all education-related tweets pointed to stress, while in Maine, 44% of all education-related tweets pointed to stress.

Overall, Hawaii was found to be the most stressed state, while South Carolina was the least stressed.

No New England state made the top 10 most stressed states, but Massachusetts came close, ranked 13th most stressed state, and New Hampshire was not far behind at 18th.

Similarly, Boston ranked the 24th most stressed city out of 350, while Oakland, California ranked first in that category.

Several New England states made the top 10 in certain categories. New Hampshire was the state with the most work-related stress, with 47% of all work-related tweets pointing to stress.

PlushCare’s analysis revealed that many of these tweets were about staffing shortages in hospitals.

“Social workers in New Hampshire are leaving their jobs,” a local tweeted. “And it is very difficult to find qualified replacements. It amazes me how much incredible work they do under tremendous stress.”

Vermont was found to have the second most money-related stress in the country, with 47% of all money-related tweets indicating stress. Nearby Rhode Island came in at number seven on this list, and New Hampshire just missed out on the top 10, coming in at number 11.

If left untreated, stress can develop into chronic stress. Over time, chronic stress can contribute to a range of physical and mental disorders, from a weakened immune system and high blood pressure to sexual dysfunction and anxiety disorders, PlushCare wrote in its analysis.

PlushCare’s Stress Management Tips:

  • Exercise regularly and eat a balanced, healthy diet.
  • Develop a bedtime routine that will allow you to get a good night’s sleep every night.
  • Talk to people you trust and take the time to build healthy relationships with loved ones.
  • Practice deep breathing, meditation, and other relaxation techniques.
  • Acknowledge your stress level and get professional help if it gets worse.
  • Limit the time you spend consuming news media.

For more advice on managing stress, see the CDC’s latest guidance, available here.

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