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It can’t be stressed enough. People are on edge.

Stress affects more than 100 million Americans who say concerns about money, jobs and family are keeping them up at night.

A University of Louisiana at Lafayette expert in stress and coping sees the dinner table as a place to put at least one cause of anxiety to bed.

“Families should make it a priority to eat supper together several times a week. This gives an opportunity for family members to share information with each other about their lives as well as air any pending concerns each might have with another family member,” said Dr. Theresa Wozencraft, an associate psychology professor and director of UL Lafayette’s Stress, Coping and Wellness Laboratory.

Her comments are included in a report by the personal finance website WalletHub that ranks the most- and least-stressed cities in the United States.

The website’s analysts ranked 150 cities based on how many hours residents in each worked, rates of divorce and suicide, and levels of debt.

Don’t worry. Lafayette didn’t make the cut, but the report cited three other Louisiana cities among the 25 most-stressed in the country.

Shreveport came in highest, at 10th. New Orleans was 19th. Baton Rouge followed at 21st.

The study named Newark, New Jersey, as the nation’s premier site for stress. Residents of Fremont, California, can relax, however. Their city ranked as the nation’s most-carefree spot.

Read the full report here.

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