Two in five Britons admit that they are regularly stressed about work, making it the biggest cause of stress in the UK. However, depending on your employment status it’s not always easy to switch off…
Unsurprisingly, full-time employees are 20 per cent more likely to be stressed due to work compared to their part-time counterparts. More than half check their emails outside of normal working hours, with a quarter admitting they do this whenever they receive an email and not just on the off chance. With sixty per cent of Brits worried they are working too long, the key is balance. If possible, you should limit yourself to checking your phone once or twice a day, especially outside working hours. If you are going away on holiday you could also introduce ‘no-phone’ periods for the whole family so you spend more time together
While part-time employees may not be as stressed about work as full-time employees, they often worry about other things. For example, part-time employees are more likely to worry about their own personal health (38 per cent vs. 30 percent) as well as the health of their friends and families (39 per cent vs. 30 per cent). Seventy per cent are also concerned about paying household bills, with a further 60 per cent struggling to juggle work and their caring responsibilities. By continually juggling home, work and family, it’s likely your own health and happiness comes last. To avoid burning out, make sure you dedicate some time each week to your own health. This can include going for a run, practicing yoga or learning to cook healthier meals.
Fifty-eight per cent of self-employed people said life is ‘much better’ as a result of starting their own business as it gives them the ability to create their own schedule. In fact, two thirds of the self-employed believe that working from home provides a better work/life balance, while half thinks society as a whole would be happier if they were given the option to work from home. While this freedom can be beneficial, it’s important to keep in mind that in general, those that are self-employed often spend more time on the job. A full-time employee in the UK is entitled to 28 days holiday, however those that are self-employed tend to only take 14 days on average. The problem here is not just learning to switch off, but also staying off!
Those that are retired are the least stressed in the UK, with over a third stating that in a typical week they never feel stressed or anxious. However, much like part-time employees, just because retirees don’t have a 9-5 it doesn’t mean they don’t have anything to worry about. Half are concerned about their personal health, while another 50 per cent are worried about the health of their friends and family. When it comes to help relieving this stress, many revert to sedentary activities such as reading a book (44 per cent) or watching TV (48 per cent). While a quarter take part in exercise to help relax, this is still one of the lowest percentages compared to other groups, so it’s time to put the remote down and get outside!
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