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Nearly half of Britons say they are stressed

Published on 05/11/2013

Around 44% of British adults consider themselves to be suffering from stress, according to a mass UK study.

Stress could be affecting up to half the British population

Health insurers Bupa conducted a survey on more than 10,000 people and found that 44% of respondents said they were currently suffering with stress. Stress levels were found to be highest in adults aged between 45 and 54 years.

Women were more likely than their male counterparts to diagnose themselves as living with stress and money was the main cause of concern identified by respondent, followed by work and family life.

Of the 44% who say they suffer from stress, 28% said they had been feeling stressed for over a year and 27% had said they were “close to breaking point”.

Stress is the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure but is not an illness in itself, according to the NHS.

Dr Martin Baggaley, medical director at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This study highlights stress is extremely common in Britain. While low-level and irregular bouts of stress can be beneficial and manageable, it’s worrying to see that so many people are experiencing sustained and relentless stress.

“If left unchecked for a prolonged period of time, stress can cause much more serious, long-term mental and physical illnesses such as anxiety and depression, and be a contributing factor in health problems such as heart disease and even obesity.”

Geographically, people in the Midlands were most likely to feel stressed while people living in Wales were least likely to say they were stressed. Men were more likely to drink alcohol to deal with stress and women were more likely to turn to breathing and relaxation exercises.

Income protection insurance can cover up to 70% of your salary if you cannot work due to accident or illness, including stress.

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