On top of all of the stressors mentioned in the movie, other times where the release of cortisol is initiated can include credit card debt, student loan debt, having to worry about clean water, and worrying about your children’s education.
Have you ever seen those commercials for those anti-depressants of a man/woman walking around with a stormy cloud over their head while the rest of the world around them is glimmering and sunny? This is what it is like for people with credit card debt. The thought of their financial issues hangs like a dark cloud over people’s heads making even the brightest of days darker. The same goes for student loan debt. No matter what a person is trying to do, their is always that ache in the back of their mind that they are thousands of dollars in debt. Unfortunately, high interest rates help to create and reinforce these debt stressors which means people are stuck with their debt for decades.
Worry that stems from issues of dirty water and poor education for one’s kids can also lead to chronic stress and mostly only affect the poorer class of people. Availability to clean water and good education comes from living in wealthier neighborhoods and unfortunately many poorer neighborhoods must purchase expensive water filters or take long transportation rides in order to get to good schools.
Other worries stemmed from racism can create chronic stress. In particular, predominantly African-American or Muslim neighborhoods must worry about the threat of police violence simply for the reason of these people’s ethnicities. This can lead to high amounts of stress when someone is simply walking down the streets everyday.
These are just some stressors that occur in poorer class citizens lives. Can any of you name anymore? How can we fix these inequities?