Texas is among the most stressed states in the country, says findings from a new study.
WalletHub’s study analyzed life in all 50 states across four key stress factors: work-related, money-related, family-related and health and safety-related. Each of the four factors had equal weight in coming up with the scores.
Texas was ranked No. 9 on WalletHub’s study for the most and least stressed states. Mississippi came in first, as most stressed, while Minnesota finished last, meaning it is the least stressed.
Here’s how Texas ranked in each of the factors among U.S. states:
Work-related: No. 5
Money-related: No. 23
Family-related: No. 5
Health and safety-related: No. 11
What tips are there for combating stress without spending money?
Finding what works best for people is the prime way to combat stress on the cheap, said Andrew A. Bennett, an assistant professor at Old Dominion University.
If being outside helps reduce stress, then find a local park and walk, hike or just sit and enjoy the outdoors, Bennett told WalletHub.
“Different activities work better for different people, so try a few and learn what works best for you,” Bennett said.
What tips are there for reducing stress over finances?
Taking control of finances and living with it is the way to go, said Kelly Campbell, interim vice provost for academic affairs at California State University, San Bernardino.
People should not shy away from creating and sticking to a budget, as its a way to see where their money is going, Campbell told WalletHub.
“Have a plan to reach your goals so that you are working toward something, which will help you feel good,” Campbell said.