PRESSURE at work, financial worries and concerns about health have helped create a stress ‘epidemic’ in Britain, a new report warns.
Four out of five workers feel stressed during a typical week, while almost one in ten are stressed all the time, insurance giant Axa found.
The anxiety was shown to be linked to the ‘always on’ culture, with most people taking calls or checking emails in the evenings and at weekends. More than two out of three workers worry about their salary prospects, while almost as many are concerned about paying household bills. Men were most likely to be stressed about work, shows the report based on a poll of 4,000 adults.
Many of those surveyed said they try to calm down by listening to music, watching TV, reading a book, drinking alcohol or exercising.
Dr Mark Winwood, of Axa, said: ‘It is encouraging to see people exercising to combat stress. Physical activity is proven to have a positive impact on mental health, even if it is just a walk around the block instead of the gym.’
The most stressed city was Cardiff, followed by Belfast, Sheffield and London, the poll shows. People were least stressed in Brighton, Newcastle, Liverpool and Cambridge.
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