We all feel stress from time-to-time and it’s something that has impacted every single one of us at some point in our lives. Perhaps this is why we regard it as a minor issue that doesn’t require serious attention.
Stress is actually a big problem in the UK however. It is affecting more and more of us, it’s the biggest cause of sick leave, 44% of us suffer from long-term stress and it costs the country an incredible £10 billion every year.
What exactly is causing this stress however? A new study which is based on information from a global GfK study has revealed the top five causes of stress in the UK.
The biggest cause of stress for 30% of us is unsurprisingly, money. This was closely followed by the pressure we put on ourselves which was found to be the main cause of stress and anxiety for 28% of us.
In third place, 22% of Brits said that not getting enough sleep is a huge source of stress and this is followed by the pressure we feel because of the amount of work we need to get done each day. This was matched by health concerns with both sources found to affect 19% of us.
The survey also found that money, self-pressure and lack of sleep are the top three major causes of stress around the world.
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