Chicago most stressed city in U.S., Miami least: poll
An image of Chicago. A survey by Harris Interactive found Chicago is the most stressed city in the nation.
Striving to attain that perfect life, work balance? You're not alone, but if you live in Chicago you're more unlikely to find it with residents of the Windy City the most stressed in the United states.
A survey by Harris Interactive found Chicago is the most stressed city in the nation, followed Houston, Boston, Los Angeles and San Diego, while Miami is the least stressed, along with Dallas/Fort Worth, Las Vegas, Cincinnati and Minneapolis.
"It is (due) to a combination of different things. There wasn't one thing that made Chicago stand out but they were the ones who had the least attainment of life balance," Harris Interactive spokeswoman Regina Corso told reporters.
"In other cities, some by leaps and bounds, their residents have managed to attain some level (of life balance)."
Washington DC, despite its concentration of politicians and high-powered wheeler-dealers, came 12th in the poll of 25 cities, ahead of New York at No. 17 but lower than Denver, San Francisco, Tampa or Seattle on the stress scale.
"I expected to see a different order," admitted Corso. "But maybe people in Chicago are trying to do too much."
She attributed Miami's low stress levels to its proximity to the sea, warm weather and laid back attitude.
Nearly three quarters of Americans questioned in the Life Balance Barometer Survey commissioned by Princess Cruises said they have not discovered how to juggle work and personal priorities, but 53 percent believe they could achieve it in the next five years.
Financial pressure was the leading cause of stress among the 1,539 people questioned in the online poll, with getting fit and losing weight coming a close second, followed by failing to complete the to-do list and concerns about unemployment.
Although more than half of Americans said they want to get fit, only 17 percent used exercise to relieve stress.
The most popular methods to calm down at the end of the day were changing clothes, laying down, kissing a spouse or partner, playing with a pet and reading a book or magazine.
Windy City：风城，指芝加哥。早在1886年，Windy City(芝加哥)的说法就已被媒体接受，而且，当时所言的windy绝无贬抑之意，而是特指芝加哥的宜人气候。每到夏季，湖区凉风阵阵，芝加哥成为美国人的避暑好去处，Windy City(风城)由此得名。
stand out: 引人注目，脱颖而出
by leaps and bounds：very rapidly(飞跃地，非常迅速地)
high-powered：having great power or energy; dynamic(有权势的;精力旺盛的)
wheeler-dealer：one who advances one's own interests by canny, aggressive, or unscrupulous behavior(商界或政界的工于心计的人，进行复杂交易的人)
laid back：free from stress; easygoing; carefree(无忧无虑的，随和的)
juggle：to manage or alternate the requirements of (two or more tasks, responsibilities, activities, etc.) so as to handle each adequately(尽力同时应对，同时做)