Traffic jams and running late top the list of what causes stress in modern life, at least in one particular town in England. I’m guessing these could apply to most of us. The study also says we spend 2 hours 11 minutes per day in a stressed state, i.e. 33 days a year.
A spokesman for A.Vogel, which commissioned the research , said: “Ongoing stress causes the body to put everything on hold except immediate survival.
“Areas such as fertility, detoxing, and immune cells patrolling to check for infections are neglected. The result is more cold and flu infections, which in turn cause more stress. Many people neglect their health because their schedules are so pressured; ironically, though, spending a little time on your health can save spending a lot of time being ill.”
Top stressors after traffic and tardiness: health issues for oneself or family members, followed by meeting deadlines, not being able to afford things, weight gain and debt.
I’m stressed just reading that sentence above.
Here’s the whole list.
A psychologist behind the study offers these encouraging words: “We are often better at showing understanding and compassion to pretty much anyone else but ourselves so practice being kind to you. This means saying no, having some rest time and perhaps most importantly, not berating ourselves for trivial matters. We all have an inner critic but this voice can be dampened by self-compassion.”