Stress levels have increased for 67% of people in Britain
67% of Brits say they are more stressed now than they were five years ago, with the most common stress triggers being work, sleep and finances, according to new research by mindfulness app Headspace.
Despite being the favourite time of year for many, the Christmas season sparked increased feelings of stress with 42% of participants citing that they find the festive period especially stressful. Buying christmas gifts (67%), hosting parties (64%), and spending time with family (56%) were the most common causes of yuletide tension.
The study also found that stress levels appear to decrease with age. Students and younger people reported higher levels of stress than older generations, with 53% of generation Z feeling the pressure, versus just 29% of baby boomers.
“The nuances of everyday challenges vary across countries, and even cities, but the commonality is that from time to time, everyone struggles with the mind,” said doctor Megan Jones Bell, chief science officer at Headspace.
“These findings illustrate we’re more aware of stress than ever, but we’re not reducing our stress as effectively as we could."
The research also found that nearly 80% of Londoners find their commute stressful. Headspace is launching a Mindful Cab experience until Thursday, December 6, to help bring mindfulness to commuting.