Why Ohioans Are Stressed

7 Reasons Ohioans Are Stressed

Ohio has some of most stressed cities in America, but why?


According to Psychology Today, stress is both "a killer and a life force" with some stress needed for stimulation to keep us engaged in the world but chronic and repeated stress causing physical distress. The World Health Organization has even called stress "the health epidemic of the 21st Century."

More than 100 million Americans are affected by stress. Recently, Ohio was ranked 7 out of 15 for 'stressed-out states' by CBS, with a 41.9% of citizens reporting stress. While you wouldn't expect Ohioans to be so high up on the list, Ohioans clearly have something to be stressed about.

In a ranking of "Most & Least Stressed Cities in America" by WalletHub, Ohio had many top ranking cities including Cleveland at #3, Toledo at #5, Cincinnati at #16, Akron at #22, and Columbus at #73. In terms of financial stress, Cleveland was ranked #2, Toledo was #7, and Akron was #11. For family stress, Cleveland was ranked #6 and Toledo was #14. For 'health & safety stress', Toledo was ranked #5, Cleveland was #7, and Cincinnati was #8.

As a native Toledoan, I can attest to the fact that we, Ohioans, have many things to be stressed about. Even Twenty Øne Piløts, alternative duo Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun from Columbus, are known for their hit "Stressed Out" (the music video was even filmed at Dun's childhood home in Columbus)!

So here are just some reasons why Ohioans are stressed in addition to financial, family, as well as health and safety:

1. The Weather

Ohio weather is known for being unpredictable and dramatic. Nothing describes Ohio weather than snow on the first day of spring. We often experience all 4 seasons in the same week, with us wearing shorts one day and our coat the next.

2. The Roads & Construction

In Ohio, we don't have traditional seasons. We have orange barrel season and no orange barrel season. Our roads are in desperate need of repair, but road construction is slow and never seems to be done. In "Tear In My Heart", you can tell that Twenty Øne Piløts are from Ohio because they understand the struggle "to avoid the holes so you sleep fine" and "cursing my government / for not using my taxes to fill holes with more cement."

3. Lebron James

Ohioans don't know how to feel anymore about Akron, Ohio native basketball player Lebron. He was a hero on the Cleveland Cavs, then a traitor when he left, then he returned to the Cavs as a hero, and now has left us again for Los Angeles Lakers. Not as many fans are as angry with Lebron leaving the Cavs this second time, especially since he has established his roots in Ohio. Lebron has recently created the I Promise School to serve low-income and at-risk students in Akron, whose school system is behind.

4. Failing School Systems

Ohio is rated by WalletHub as #27 out of 50 for the best schools in America, but Ohio still has school systems that are failing. Cleveland, Dayton, and Toledo area schools are notorious for being ranked very poorly for their school performance and often receiving Fs on the state report cards. (At least Lebron took notice and is working to bring about change…)

5. Drug Addictions & Overdoses

While Ohio is not in the top 10 states, WalletHub has ranked them as #3 for 'drug use & addiction'. Ohio was also ranked 2nd in 2016 by the CDC for deaths due to drug overdose, with 39.1 per 100,000. In 2017, Dayton was also known as having the highest opioid abuse deaths and is considered to be the heart of America's opioid epidemic.

6. Sex Trafficking

According to Attorney General Mike DeWine, the opioid addiction crisis and human trafficking go together because

"Drugs are used to control. Because opioids are so addictive, it makes it easier for a pimp, makes it easier for a human-trafficker to control a victim. They control a victim's income, money, but they also control the drugs."

In 2018, Toledo ranked fourth in the nation as a human trafficking hub. So why Toledo and why Ohio?

"We have a lot of, five major highways, connected to Ohio. We also have a high demand for services her in Ohio, unfortunately."

7. Brock Turner is an Ohioan

Just when America thought we were finally seeing justice, Brock Turner is making news again with the announcement that he and his lawyer are seeking a new trial before a three-judge panel in California on July 24, 2018. Turner's lawyer filed back in December 2017 for a new trial claiming that Turner did not get a fair trial back in March 2016 when he was convicted for the sexual assault of Emily Doe. Turner sexually assaulted Emily back in 2015 after attending a frat party at Stanford University.

Although the jury saw through his excuses and 100% convicted him, the judge gave him a lenient sentence of only 6 months. After serving 3 months of his sentence, he was released for good behavior and returned to live with his parents back in Dayton, Ohio. At least he was required to register as a sex offender in Ohio.

If Turner wins this new trial with his argument of only wanting outercourse, he would no longer be considered a rapist and not have to register as a sex offender. I am uncomfortable knowing a rapist like him lives in Ohio, let alone could soon not have to register as a sex offender.

While this is not a comprehensive list, this is just some of the reasons Ohioans have to be stressed. What else about Ohio makes you stressed?

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A list Of 15 Inspiring Words That Mean So Much

A single word can mean a lot.

Positivity is so important in life. A lot of times we always go to quotes for empowerment but I have realized that just one word can be just as powerful. Here is a list of inspiring words.

1. Worthy

Realizing your self-worth is important. Self-worth can really make or break a persons personality. Always know that you are worthy of respect. And also, never compare yourself to others.

2. Courage

Be courageous in life. Life has so many opportunities so do not be scared to grasp any opportunity that comes your way. You have the ability to do anything you have your heart and mind set to do, even the things that frighten you.

3. Enough

When you are feeling down and feeling that nothing you do is ever good enough, know that you are more than enough. And yes there is always room for improvement but when it comes to my self-worth I always have to remind myself that I am enough.

4. Blessed

Be thankful. A lot of times we forget how blessed we are. We focus so much on stress and the bad things that are going on in our lives that we tend to forget all of the beautiful things we have in life.

5. Focus

Focus on your goals, focus on positive things, and focus on the ones you love. Do not focus on things that will keep you from not reaching your goals and people that do not have good intentions for your life.

6. Laugh

Laughing is one of the best forms of medicine. Life is truly better with laughter.

7. Warrior

Through the good and the bad you are a warrior. Be strong, soldier.

8. Seek

Seek new things. Allow yourself to grow in life. Do not just be stuck.

9. Faith

During the bad times, no matter the circumstances, have faith that everything will be all right.

10. Live

Start living because life is honestly way too short. Live life the way you want to live. Do not let anyone try to control you.

11. Enjoy

Enjoy everything that life has to offer. Enjoy even the littlest of things because, as I said before, life is short. And plus, there is no time to live life with regrets.

12. Believe

Believe in yourself and never stop. Believing in yourself brings so many blessings and opportunities in your life.

13. Serendipity

A lot of times we look for things to fill an empty void that we have. Usually what we are looking for comes when we are not looking at all. Your serendipity will come.

14. Create

Share your ideas with the world. Creativity brings change to your life. However you chose to use your creativity do not be scared to show your intelligence, talent, and passion.

15. Love

The world is already full of so much hate, so love unconditionally with all your heart.

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One of my favorite movies is "Fried Green Tomatoes" with Kathy Bates. In the movie Bates' character Evelyn Couch says, "Someone helped put a mirror up in front of my face, and I didn't like what I saw one bit. And you know what I did? I changed." I know the feeling.


I looked in the mirror over the weekend and didn't like what I saw.

The person I saw looking back at me is petty, selfish, manipulative, and unattractive. It wasn't that I hated what I saw, but I definitely didn't like what I saw either. It's a surreal feeling, looking at yourself through a critical lens, and it doesn't make you feel good in any way shape or form.

The image that I see of myself is not how I want others to perceive me. I want to be someone that people look at and see kindness, compassion, strength, and confidence.

I have enough general life experience to know that these types of changes aren't going to happen overnight, and not all of them will be physical; most of these will have to happen from the inside, from within myself.

When you find out you are all broken and damaged, it's hard to know where to start putting the pieces back together. I figured the best place to start would be the most literal: my actual insides; so, I decided to embark on a deep-cleansing journey to get all of the toxins out of my body, from the inside out.

I found this book on 10-day green smoothie detox stashed away in the dark corner of my bookshelf. The science behind it seems accurate and legitimate. By eliminating certain foods, your body is able to detox itself off of chemicals and foods that are slowing down your metabolism; the smoothies are specifically designed with combinations of foods that help restart your metabolism. Part of the detox process is getting rid of all dependencies on caffeine, alcohol, and sugar.

Every day you are given the recipe for a specific smoothie; you make the smoothie (about 40 ounces) and sip on it throughout the day whenever you get hungry. Every smoothie is a combination of leafy greens, water, fruit, and flax seeds. If you do happen to get hungry throughout the day, you are encouraged to eat raw nuts, hard boiled eggs, and a wide variety of crunchy green vegetables. There is also a detox tea that you have first thing in the morning, but other than that no other beverages are allowed except water.

I know that this is only the beginning of a very long, emotional, and draining journey. But I think I'm at the point in my life where I have to make these changes. I have to put my pieces together, I have to become a normal functioning adult, I have to find out who I am. I think that this is the perfect way to start.

For the next 10 days I am going to be documenting my experiences, how I'm feeling, what my emotions are doing, and any results that I see.

Stay tuned!

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