If you are feeling stressed out then you are not alone. Studies have shown that most of us here in the UK suffer from regular stress that puts a toll on both our relationships and our health. Stress is one of the leading causes of physical bodily problems and mental issues such as anxiety and depression. It is little wonder, then, that we Brits choose to escape our hectic lives in the search for a little rest and relaxation abroad. Are you in need of a little inspiration for your next laid back trip to the US? Check out our guide to the most Zen and chilled out states to live in and visit in across the pond. And if you want to see just how laid back one of the following cities and states are for yourself, then be sure to apply for your USA Visa before you travel.
Iowa City, Iowa
Studies have found that Iowa City has the 16th lowest bankruptcy rate of any major US city and has the 10th lowest unemployment rate- this, alongside its average working week coming in at a mere 33.4 hours, makes this city a great place to enjoy taking a breather in (or maybe even consider moving to!).
Boulder has long since been a sought after destination for those in need of a low-stress lifestyle, which may or may not have something to do with the fact that the area gained a reputation in the 1960’s as a hippie haven! Its stress-free vibes are partially associated with its wide range of outdoor, recreational activities. Colorado also boasts having one of the best states when it comes to gaining a good amount of sleep each night- doesn’t that sound just dreamy?
Lawrence is a typical college town and remains relatively un-touristy all year round, making it the ideal place to escape to as a tourist. The University of Kanas is the largest employer in the city and is known to be a state of well-paying, low-stress jobs.
Fargo, North Dakota
The interesting thing about Fargo is that even despite the countries’ economic ups and downs; it has remained strong when it comes to employment rates and a booming housing market. North Dakota on the whole tends to offer a great deal of financial stability, which is known to be a great help when it comes to minimising stress levels.
A study was conducted into the ideal commute time for the majority of people and the results came in at 16 minutes. The fact that the average commute in Columbia comes in at an enviable 16.5 minutes makes it the perfect place to find work and cut down on your stress levels. As commuting times are known to take a toll on our stress levels and health as a result, this finding means this city in Missouri is one of the least stressed in the whole country!